Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Madrid derby in CL semi-finals

Madrid derby in CL semi-finals

The UEFA Champions League semi-finals draw took place today - read on to find out if Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will meet each other!

Juventus, who last won the Champions League in 1996, defeated Monaco in the last eight of the 2014-15 competition en route to their final defeat at the hands of Barcelona.

Real and Monaco will play the first legs at home, with one game on May 2 and another on May 3.

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Should the Bianconeri reach the final, they will be the nominal home team in Cardiff.

Monaco players celebrate after teammate Valere scored the team's third goal during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Monaco and Dortmund at the Louis II stadium in Monaco, Wednesday April 19, 2017.

The return fixtures will be played the following week, when Atletico will be hoping to end their Champions League heartache by finally overcoming their rivals.

Leonardo Jardim has been given time to develop a team that will be many neutrals' favourites for the competition, particularly with the risk of big bids for many of their young stars coming in during the summer.

But neutrals would probably prefer not to see a rerun of the 2014 and 2016 finals, when Real beat Atletico both times, in 2014 in extra time and a year ago on penalties in a tight and unremarkable affair that was quickly forgotten.

On paper, they're undoubtedly the strongest side remaining in the competition, but as demonstrated against Anderlecht and on numerous occasions in the Premier League, wasteful finishing has been a hallmark of their season and can make life hard against teams they should be beating.

"The other two (Real and Monaco) are fighting for the championship (as are Juventus) so that could be a factor".

Monaco have never won the competition but reached the final in 2004.

"They (Juventus) have re-inforced their squad in the last two years, but so have we".

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