Monaco's Leonardo Jardim vows to play 'best team' at Juventus

Leonardo Jardim has vowed to pick Monaco's "best team" for Tuesday's Champions League semifinal second leg at Juventus, despite his squad being stretched thin by a sapping season.

Monaco's route to the last four of European club football's elite competition started in July with a third qualifying round tie with Fenerbahce, and deep runs into the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France have meant his side face their 60th competitive fixture when they step onto the pitch in Turin.

Trailing 2-0 from last week's first leg in the principality, and with just one victory from his team's three remaining league fixtures needed to clinch the Ligue 1 title for the first time since 1999-2000, Jardim may have been tempted to write off the second leg as a match lost.

The Portuguese tactician, however, promised his best XI will be on the pitch at kick-off against the Bianconeri.

"Monaco is the team that has played the most in Europe. We need to give our all. We'll put out our best team," Jardim told media at Monday's prematch news conference. "We're in a difficult situation. But I think I'm in a very good situation. A lot of coaches are out of the competition. I want to enjoy tomorrow's game."

The former Olympiakos coach will hope the match makes for better viewing than the 90 minutes his team endured at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday.

Gonzalo Higuain scored both goals in the principality, leaving Juve with one foot in the final and Monaco needing to become the first team ever to overturn such a deficit if they are to have a chance of winning "the cup with big ears" for the first time since finishing runners-up to Jose Mourinho's Porto in 2003-04.

"We'll have to attack, but keep a cool head, because by playing like madmen we can concede two or three goals in a row," Jardim warned his side, who have earned plaudits for their stunning attacking play this season.

"We need to change a lot of things to get a result. Everyone wants to go to the final. I'm very proud of this team. In July, no-one saw us getting this far."

Jardim has taken the same squad that won 3-0 at Nancy to move within touching distance of the Ligue 1 crown that has been Paris Saint-Germain's for the last four seasons.

Keeping the reigning champions and their impressive squad at bay has shown the quality within Jardim's squad and given them the self-belief they can compete with the continent's best, Juve included.

"If we're here, it's that we believe from the start. We lost the first leg. We're going to put in everything needed to put in a great display. Why not dream of going to the final?" Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe explained.

"We have had a exceptional season. We're going to give everything to win this match. We've come here with those intentions. The task is difficult but not insurmountable. We have to play the perfect match. In spite of our youth, there's a lot of talent. We have to leave without regrets with the feeling of having given everything."