Juventus have been very impressive this seasonReuters

Serie A giants Juventus play hosts to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco as both teams battle it out in the first leg quarter final of the Champions League.

Despite the departure of their influential manager Antonio, who helped them win three successive Serie A titles from 2011 to 2014, Juventus have been doing well under Massimiliano Allegri this season.

They are currently 12 points clear at the top of the table, in the final of the Coppa Italia and the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Considering their excellent form and their comprehensive 5-1 (aggregate) win over Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League, the Old Lady are being dubbed as the clear favourites against Monaco.

However, Allegri insists that his side will not be taking Monaco for granted especially considering the fact that they have not conceded many goals in the Champions League this season.

"People say we are favourites but I think there are no favourites in the quarter-finals. If we don't play with the same intensity we had against Dortmund, it will be very difficult for us to qualify," the former AC Milan boss told UEFA's official website.

"It's always tough when you face a side who don't concede many goals like Monaco. We have to produce two performances to qualify. We will need a lot of patience – this tie will last 180 minutes; nothing will be decided tomorrow. In this kind of tie, the team who make the fewer mistakes qualify."

However, he insists that Juventus are completely focused on their objective of reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.

"Our only objective is to reach the semi-finals. We are in very good shape and the game is so important that our motivation and physical strength will certainly be there."

Meanwhile, Monaco will also be fancying their chances of reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League despite them being the underdogs against Juventus.

Monaco were able to progress to the last eight of the Champions League by the skin of their teeth after managing to eliminate Arsenal on away goals (3-3 aggregate) in the last 16.

Many believe that the Ligue 1 did not deserve to progress to the quarter-finals due to them playing very poorly against Arsenal in the second leg of the round of sixteen at the Stade Louis II, where they were defeated 0-2 after failing to get a single shot on target.

However, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim, whose side is currently third in the Ligue 1 four points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain, insists that his side played well in the group stages and against Arsenal in the round of 16 and fully deserve to reach the final eight of the Champions League.

"We have only reached the quarter-finals because we deserved to. We won our group and we eliminated a team like Arsenal in the last round," Jardim told UEFA's official website.

Although he admits that Juventus will prove to be a much stronger opponent than Arsenal, he insists his side will be trying their best to get a positive result in Turin on Tuesday.

"This match is more difficult than the Arsenal one because Juve reached the quarter-finals so they are stronger than Arsenal," he added.

"We can say that they [Juventus] are favourites, but we will play as we always do, respecting our opponents and trying to play our own game."

Expected line-ups

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Pereyra, Marchisio, Vidal, Evra; Morata, Tévez.

AS Monaco: Subašić; Fabinho, Carvalho, Abdennour, Kurzawa; Toulalan, Kondogbia; Dirar, Moutinho, Martial; Berbatov.

Where to Watch Live

The game is scheduled for an 8:45pm local time (12:15am IST, 7:45pm BST, 2:45pm ET) start, with live coverage on Ten Sports in India. The match can also be watched via live streaming online on Ten Sports Live.

Catch the action live in the UK live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD, while viewers can also watch the watch online via live streaming on Sky GO. US viewers can watch the game live on Fox Sports 2 or online on Fox Soccer 2Go. Audience in Canada can watch via live stream on Sportsnet World.

Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match live streaming online on beIN Sports Connect,while South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa viewers can do the same on SuperSport online.

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