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UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Draw

The match ball for the football Champions League final 2017 in Cardiff produced by the German sportswear maker Adidas is on display in the company headquarters in Herzogenaurach, southern Germany, during the annual press conference on March 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Draw

It is official, Real Madrid will play rival Atletico Madrid, while Juventus take on AS Monaco, in what should be an anticipating UEFA Champions League semi-final, as the four remaining clubs will look to claim their rightful place in Cardiff, Wales on June 3 for the Final.

Real Madrid, who are the defending champions after having defeated Atletico Madrid in last season’s UCL Final in penalties, enter this season’s semi-final with confidence, and the first club ever to qualify for seven straight continuous trips to the UCL semi-finals (2010-2017). Furthermore, Cristiano Ronaldo leads the team with seven goals scored in this season’s competition, and recently achieved to become the first player to reach 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League. As expected, Real Madrid are a heavy favorite yet again. Bayern Munich should know that.

 

Atletico Madrid, who defeated last season’s English Premier League champions Leicester City in the quarter-finals, are blood thirsty for not only reaching the final this season, but actually winning the prestigious tournament. As we all know, Atletico Madrid have made two final appearances in recent years, but have come short to rivals Real Madrid. However, this is not a final, and Atletico Madrid are arguably the toughest team in Europe to play in two-legged fixtures because of their defensive capabilities. On the attack, Antoine Griezmann will lead the team as he has done all of this season, but more importantly look to defeat Real Madrid at all costs.

 

Either way, a La Liga club will be in this year’s UEFA Champions League Final.

On the other side of the bracket, we have two top in-form clubs, Juventus and Monaco.

 

Juventus, who eliminated Barcelona in a total aggregate of (3-0) in their quarter-final draw, search to reach the final once again after their failure to capture the title in 2015 losing to Barcelona in the final. Defensively, Juventus are at their peak. They have not been scored on once in the knockout stages so far, and world-class players like Dani Alves, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro, and Gianluigi Buffon intend on keeping it that way.

 

As for Monaco, youth and attack-minded is what they are about this season. Defeating top opponents like Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund has been superb not only watching, but recognizing excellent football when one sees it. Monaco’s biggest threat is arguably upcoming prospect Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year old frenchman has been using this UCL season as a showcase for his talent, and has proven to many spectators that he is the real deal.

Nonetheless, the first legs will take place on May 2 and 3, and the second legs on May 8 and 9.

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