In a repeat of the 2016 Champions League final Real Madrid will play Atletico Madrid for a place in this years Champions League final. On the other hand Juventus will square off against AS Monaco. The first leg will be played at Santiago Bernabeu and Monaco respectively. Real Madrid beat Atletico in the final in 2014 and 2016 but playing the second leg away could favour their bitter rivals.
It may be recalled here that Real Madrid is the most successful club in the competition’s history, having won the tournament 11 times, including its first five seasons.
Former Wales international and Liverpool European Cup winner Ian Rush was brought back to UEFA Headquarters in Switzerland to make the draw. The semi-final ties will be played May 2-3 and 9-10, with the final taking place in Cardiff on June 3.
The second semi-final pitches a freescoring Monaco side, who have scored 24 goals since reaching the group phase, against the steely Juventus defence, the Italian side having conceded two goals in the campaign.
Monaco, who were knocked out by two-time champions Juve in the 1997-98 Champions League semi-finals, have never won the competition but reached the final in 2004.