Holders Real to face rivals Atletico in Champions League semis

Holders Real to face rivals Atletico in Champions League semis

I Bianconeri locked horns with Monaco at the quarter-final stage, with Arturo Vidal's penalty all that separated the pair, while they met at this stage in 1998 where the Turin outfit progressed 6-4 on aggregate.

According to the Soccer Power Index (SPI), Real are 67 percent likely to beat Atletico, with Juve rated 70 percent likely to defeat Monaco.

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said: "We know each other very well, this is the fourth time we meet Atletico in the Champions League but it will not be a final this time".

Diego Simeone's Champions League dream with Atletico has been crushed by their city counterparts in the 2014 and 2016 finals, but this presents them with another chance to exact revenge.

In the second semifinal, AS Monaco will take on Juventus with the first leg being held at the Stade Louis II.

Villaverde, asked whether having a home second leg would be an advantage, said: "You never know".

Here, Nick Ames looks at the meetings and predicts which sides will reach the final in Cardiff on June 3.

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.

Juventus, fresh from their 3-0 aggregate win over Barcelona, will take on Monaco, the least fancied in the competition.

Monaco, after seeing off Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final, will face Juventus who defeated Barcelona.

"The competition is so prestigious and important that it obliges the players to be at their best to reach the final", he added. They can feel encouraged by the 1-1 draw they eked out at the Bernabeu in a La Liga match two weekends ago, Antoine Griezmann equalising late on, even if a 3-0 home reverse in November augurs rather less well.

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