Leonardo Jardim sees no reason to change


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Leonardo Jardim says he has no intention of subduing his Monaco side’s attacking style when they play in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Les Rouges et Blancs booked their place in the last four of Europe’s elite club competition with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday – a result that sealed an overall 6-3 aggregate triumph.

Jardim’s men have been the surprise package of this season’s Champions League, recording a number of notable scalps, having also defeated the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham.

Much has been made of the fearless nature with which they have played and the club’s hierarchy are believed to be bracing themselves for interest from elsewhere in their exciting youngsters.

Before that they have a Ligue 1 title to try and win, while European glory could also be on the cards due to their abundant firepower.

Monaco are currently the 7.50 outsiders to lift the trophy on June 3 in Cardiff, with holders Real Madrid the 2.63 favourites.

Whoever they get in Friday’s draw, Jardim has confirmed he will not be changing his tactics in order to protect their fragile defence.

In fact, the Portuguese has promised to allow his players to express themselves as he feels continuing to attack will provide their best hope of reaching the final.

He told reporters: “At this level you cannot set limits for your players. There are now three great teams [in the draw] with a lot of experience.

We will enjoy it and play with our quality. “We are not favourites, but we will have the ambition to qualify to the final.”

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