Champs League semis: Madrid city derby, Juventus vs Monaco

Real and Atletico Madrid to do battle in Champions League semi-finals

After plenty of excitement in quarter-final stage of the competition, only four teams are left, Real Madrid, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Monaco.

The first legs take place on May 4, with the return legs on May 11.

A screen displaying the order after the draw of the Uefa Champions League semi-finals draw at Nyon, Switzerland, April 21, 2017. The Madrid clubs have met in the Champions League final in two of the last three years, with Real coming out on top on both occasions.

Monaco and Juventus go head-to-head in the other semi-final clash as the June 3 finale at Cardiff's Principality Stadium looms large.

Real have won two dramatic finals against their city neighbours, in 2014 and 2016, and also eliminated them in the 2015 quarterfinals, while this season's La Liga meetings ended in a Real victory at the Vicente Calderon and a draw at the Bernabeu.

Emilio Butragueño, former Real Madrid forward and the club's current Director of Institutional Relations said: "We know each other well". Atletico have a chance against the champions and 11-time winners: clean sheets are now rare commodities at the Bernabeu and Real have not kept a single one in the Champions League all season.

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And in teenage striking sensation Kylian Mbappe, allied with a rejuvenated Radamel Falcao, they have the firepower to trouble even Juventus and Buffon. "They are young and fearless", said Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasiliyev.

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

The French Ligue 1 side are hoping to return to the final for the first time in 13 years having reached the penultimate stage for the fourth time in their history after getting beyond Borussia Dortmund 6-3 on aggregate.

The French side are full of attacking vim and have hit a staggering 141 goals in all competitions this season.

Massimiliano Allegri's men impressively defeated LaLiga's champions 3-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals this time, though, and remain on track for a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble.

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