Real Madrid, current champions of the UEFA Champions League, will face the other club of the city, Atlético de Madrid of Cholo Simeone. Meanwhile, the Italians of Juventus will play the revelation team of the tournament, AS Monaco.
Real or Atlético, just one Madrid in Cardiff
This year we will not have the opportunity to watch another Spanish final in the UEFA Champions League. Blancos and Colchoneros will face each other in one of the semifinals of this year. The most recent precedent between this two teams is clearly favorable to the Merengues, that beat Atlético in the Finals of 2014 and 2016, and also in the quarter finals of 2015.
The first game will be played at the Bernabéu Stadium the next Tuesday, May 2nd, meanwhile the second leg will be 8 days later and will have the Vicente Calderón as a host Stadium. This will be the last game in the Rojiblanco Coliseum, as Atlético de Madrid will move to the new Stadium, Wanda Metropolitano, next year.
Real Madrid former player and current Institutional Relations of the club, Emilio Butragueño, wanted to talk about the match against Atlético:
We know each other very well, this is the fourth time we meet Atletico in the Champions League but it will not be a final this time. Every detail will count and we will have to be very careful, they defend very well and have high-quality players who know how to take advantage of mistakes.
On the other hand, the former Atletico player and now Adviser, Clemente Villaverde said:
Our fans and players have experienced two final defeats and know what it means and takes to get there. Hopefully, we can give the Vicente Calderon the goodbye it deserves.
Experience versus youth
The other Semifinal will be a challenge for the experienced squad of Allegri and the youngsters of Monaco, led by Jardim. Juventus will try to reach their second final in three years, while Falcao team will try to equalize the success of the 2003-2004 season when they reached the final of the tournament.
The most important precedent of a game between this two teams is from 1998 when they faced each other in the same leg of the tournament. That time the Vecchia Signora beat Monaco for a global of 6 to 3. The same year, the Italians, with Zidane as a main player, lost the final against Real Madrid.
Pavel Nedved, former Juventus player and now Vice president of the club, wanted to say some words after the lucky draw:
It’s 50-50. They have very young players who are under no pressure, who can play without fear. That is their strength, their asset. But the Juve lads are very focused, their focus is on going as far as possible. They showed that by not throwing an all-out party after going through against Barcelona
Ludovic Giuly also wanted to talk about the game. The former Monaco player and current Advisor explained himself like this:
Juventus are a very difficult opponent but all of the teams left in the semi-finals are massive teams. We are the smallest team, but we will fight in the two games. We are very happy, they have a great team and we have no experience but we will see how it goes.