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Kylian Mbappe breaks incredible Champions League record against Borussia Dortmund

21 April 2017, 03:22 | Charlene Valdez

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim insists he is unconcerned by potential opponents after his side became the first French team to reach the Champions League semi-finals since Lyon in 2009-10 by clinically dispatching Borussia Dortmund.

He was injured for the first leg so was not on the bus that was attacked, but he returned to score in the 3-1 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga at the weekend.

Many Barcelona fans are optimistic that their team will upturn the first leg defeat considering how they came back against PSG in their round of 16 second leg duel.

Monaco made the most of that let-off and were 2-0 up in the 17th minute.

Monaco booked their place in the Champions League semifinals after back-to-back three-goal performances against Dortmund.

Nobody expected Monaco - conquerors of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the last round - to get this far but they have done it playing a superb brand of football that has yielded 141 goals so far this season.

Mbappe scored twice in the first leg, either side of a Bender own goal, to leave Monaco in pole position to reach the semi-finals for the first time in 13 years.


Goals from Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa last week kept them in with a chance, but they must also find a way of stopping a fearsome Monaco attack that has scored 138 goals in all competitions this season. "But we expect a much stronger Dortmund team".

"During the 90 minutes it was slightly easier for us than it was on Wednesday evening", Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer said.

The Ligue 1 side took a 3-2 first-leg lead back to Stade Louis II, where kick-off was pushed back five minutes after Dortmund's team bus was delayed.

On the eve of the return leg, the mindset of Tuchel and his players is different: a mixture of pride, motivation and defiance. We're ready and focused.

"We played a very solid game, we were in control but we showed ambition". We have a good mix of experienced players and youngsters. This quarter-hour [delay] meant we couldn't think of football, although we were actually well-prepared for the game.

With Dortmund pushing forward in numbers, Monaco was stretched down both flanks but, equally, it was left exposed to Monaco's slick counterattacking.



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