Real to take on Atletico in Champions League semi-final

Millennium Stadium

Millennium Stadium

Real will host Atletico at the Santiago Bernabeu on May 2 and Monaco are home to Italian champions Juventus on May 3, with the second legs the following week.

But neutrals would probably prefer not to see a rerun of the 2014 and 2016 finals, when Real beat Atletico both times, in 2014 in extra time and previous year on penalties in a tight and unremarkable affair that was quickly forgotten.

Real and Juventus are still undefeated in the competition. The game ended in a goal less draw and Juventus advances after their first leg win.

Sid Lowe explains why few managers have made as big an impact at a club as Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. It's the fourth season in a row we're facing them in Europe and they're a tough opponent.

In the other semi, 2014/15 finalists Juventus and 2003/04 finalists Monaco will face off for a spot in the final, with Juve playing the first leg away from home.

He said that although both sides faced three La Liga games before the semifinal - with one of Real's being the weekend Clasico against Barcelona - the occasion of the Champions League would overcome any fatigue.

Leonardo Jardim's side were eliminated by La Vecchia Signora at the quarter-final stage two seasons ago, but a lot has changed since then. Juventus can defend but we know we score goals.

"The competition is so prestigious and important that it obliges the players to be at their best to reach the final", he added. Gonzalo Higuain has 29 goals this season; Paulo Dybala, who scored twice against Barcelona, has 16 and a supply line that includes Miralem Pjanic and Juan Cuadrado should find gaps in a Monaco team that, according to Jardim, will not compromise on its beliefs in the last four. "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".