Champions League: Real, Atletico Madrid renew hostilities

Posted on Apr 21 2017 - 11:09pm by admin

Real Madrid's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final match against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 18, 2017

Holders actual Madrid face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals because the competitors do battle once more and French shock-package Monaco take on Juventus, following the draw on Friday.

Holders real Madrid face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals because the rivals do fight all over again and French shock-package Monaco take on Juventus, following the draw on Friday.

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 each events in cagey affairs that they failed to settle after ninety minutes each time.

actual — aiming to transform the primary crew to retain the Champions League — will host Atletico at the Santiago Bernabeu on may 2 and a free-scoring Monaco facet brimming with some of Europe's hottest ability are house to Juventus on may three, with the 2nd legs the next week.

actual Madrid director and former striker Emilio Butragueno mentioned: "we all know each and every other very neatly, this is the fourth time we meet Atletico in the Champions League but it is going to now not be a closing this time.

"every detail will count and we will be able to should be very careful, they protect very well and have high quality gamers who recognize methods to benefit from mistakes," he advised BeINSports.

Atletico, who boast certainly one of soccer's most dangerous strikers in Antoine Griezmann, will transfer subsequent season from the Vicente Calderon, their house for 50 years, to a brand new stadium.

Clemente Villaverde, a former Atletico participant and now a director, stated the true clash could be a becoming farewell.

"Our fans and avid gamers have skilled two ultimate defeats and be aware of what it manner and takes to get there -– various work," he advised UEFA.com.

"with a bit of luck we may give the Vicente Calderon the goodbye it deserves."

Going into the draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland all four teams had been making the standard noises: there’s nothing to choose between any of them, they mentioned publicly.

but the 39-yr-previous Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon broke ranks, announcing that he would like to keep away from a wily Atletico side as a result of they’re out of the La Liga title race so can leisure players for Europe.

Buffon, one of the vital best goalkeepers of all time but who has never won the Champions League, got his want in missing out on Diego Simeone's side, who would dearly love to get one over actual and Ronaldo this time on Europe's biggest stage.

however instead he must face teenage putting sensation Kylian Mbappe, 18, and a rejuvenated Radamel Falcao in a final-four stumble upon with a view to be an interesting contrast — Juventus with their dogged, good defence and a Monaco team that loves scoring goals.

The French facet — Buffon labelled them "feisty" — are full of attacking vim and have hit a mind-blowing 141 objectives in all competitions this season.

Pavel Nedved, the former midfielder who’s now an ambassador for Juventus, advised BeINSports of the Monaco in shape-up: "It's 50-50. they have very young players who are under no drive, who can play with out fear.

"that’s their energy, their asset."

Vadim Vasilyev, the French side's vice-president, said they’d be stimulated via the reminiscences of being turfed out of the competition by means of the Italians in 2015 in the quarter-finals.

"it’ll be a matter of revenge, obviously," he stated. "We're higher than two years in the past, indubitably about it."

Juve's year?

actual Madrid, for whom Ronaldo hit a hat-trick as they saw off Bayern Munich within the quarters, are favourites with British bookmakers.

however Juventus had been vastly impressive in beating Barcelona 3-0 within the first leg and then preserving the Spanish champions to a zero-zero draw on the Camp Nou on Wednesday in a protecting masterclass.

crushed Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has tipped Italian champions Juventus to raise the trophy they last won in 1996 and they will be favourites in opposition to Monaco, especially since the 2d leg shall be in Turin.

"Over the 2 legs they were higher than us so that they deserve to go through to the semi-finals. i think they can win the Champions League this season," the Spanish international said after Buffon shut out Lionel Messi and Barcelona over one hundred eighty minutes of soccer.

the ultimate is in Cardiff on June three.

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