Real draw Atletico in Champions League


Spanish giants and holders of the UEFA champions League, Real Madrid, will face rivals Atlectico Madrid in the semi final of the 2016/2017 champions league.

Real Madrid and AS Monaco FC will play the first leg at home.

Los Blancos have progressed past Napoli and Bayern Munich to reach the last four, while Diego Simeone's men have seen off the challenges of Bayer Leverkusen and Leicester City.

On the eve of Friday's semi-final draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland at 1000 GMT, all four teams were making the usual noises: there is nothing to choose between any of them, they say publicly.

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There was an inevitability about this tie being drawn out: the pair have contested two finals and a quarterfinal in the last three seasons, so perhaps it was about time this gap was filled.

The final is in Cardiff on June 3.

Emilio Butragueo, former Real Madrid forward and the club's current Director of Institutional Relations said of Atletico: "We know each other well".

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The all-Madrid showdown is a rerun of the 2014 and 2016 finals in Europe's top club competition, with a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real victorious on both occasions in cagey affairs that they failed to settle after 90 minutes each time.

"We played Juventus two years ago in the quarter-finals and since then they have strengthened themselves".

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.

In the other bracket, Monaco will host the first leg of their semi-final against Juve.

"Monaco! Strong team with many talented players and an impressive run this season".

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", added Vasiliyev.