Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

Champions League draw: Who can Real Madrid play in the semi-finals?

Champions League draw: Who can Real Madrid play in the semi-finals?

The other semi-final will feature a Madrid derby, with eleven-time champions Real Madrid taking on neighbours Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid and Juventus are the last unbeaten teams left in the competition, with identical records of seven wins, three draws.

Also, the draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon means the Madrid rivals can not contest a third final in four years after Real's victories in 2014 and last year.

Jose Mourinho's United will be strong favourites and have the advantage of playing the second leg at Old Trafford as they attempt to lift the Europa League, knowing victory in the final would give them a place in next season's Champions League.

With United now four points outside the Premier League top four, winning the Europa League for the first time may represent their best chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

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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.

Pavel Nedved, the former midfielder who is now an ambassador for Juventus, told BeINSports of the Monaco match-up: "It's 50-50".

"They will be two very intense, competitive games".

"That is their strength, their asset".

Vadim Vasilyev, the French side's vice-president, said they would be motivated by the bitter memories of being turfed out of the competition by the Italians in 2015 in the quarter-finals.

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"It will be a matter of revenge, clearly", he said.

"They (Juventus) have re-inforced their squad in the last two years, but so have we", added Vasiliyev. Monaco are in scintillating form in Ligue 1, and outplayed Borussia Dortmund.

The French side are full of attacking vim and have hit a staggering 141 goals in all competitions this season. Zinedine Zidane's side have rode their luck at times, never more so than in a quarterfinal second leg against Bayern Munich that saw them on the rack before controversial red card and offside decisions swing the tie in their favour.

"In theory it's better to play the return leg at home but that all depends on the result of the first leg".

"We must play two great games, and if we can do that we will have our chance to go through, no doubt".

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