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 By Ian Holyman

Monaco 'not afraid' of UCL semifinal opponents Juventus - Vadim Vasilyev

ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein says that Borussia Dortmund's Champions League defeats were tainted by the attack on the team bus.

Monaco have been given an opportunity to "take revenge" on Juventus after being drawn to face them in the Champions League semifinals, the Ligue 1 club's vice-president has said.

Monaco were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in the Champions League quarterfinals by Juve during the 2014-15 season as the Bianconeri went on to finish runners-up to Barcelona.

The pair will meet again in the principality on May 3 before Leonardo Jardim's men make the short journey to Turin for the return leg on May 9.

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Monaco want to continue their unlikely run of success in the Champions League against Juventus.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told beIN SPORTS the chance to make amends for that defeat is a welcome one.

"By their style of play, they're a difficult opponent," he said. "It'll be a chance to take revenge. Two years ago, Juve were already a very strong team. They are even stronger [now], but we are too. At the time, it was the small details that decided it. They're our neighbours, it'll be a nice game. We're focused.

"Now, all opponents are difficult. We're going to face Juventus with all our strength. The atmosphere [against Dortmund] at the Stade Louis II was really incredible. I call all our fans to be there for the first leg and the return."

Jardim's young, talented squad have progressed from the third qualifying round, through a group stage featuring Tottenham Hotspur, Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow, and past both Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in the knockout stages to reach the last four.

Though they will now face an experienced opponent, Vasilyev told RMC the game should hold no fears for his club.

"This Monaco team has no limits. They players are young, but they're not afraid," he said.

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman

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