UEFA Champions League 2017 semi-final draw was made today. The biggest surprise was the first semi-final which ould be played between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. In the second semi-final, Juventus will be up against Monaco. Both the semi-finals would be interesting and all the teams are in great form and have performed well to reach the semi-final stage of the competition. But, only two of these teams would be able to make it to the final stage of the competition.
The first semi-final will be Madrid derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. It would be a match that would be full of drama and suspense. Both the teams will have plenty of support in both the leg of the fixture. The first leg of the fixture will be played 3rd May while the return leg will be played on 11th May.
Real Madrid is coming from the great win against Bayern Munich. They beat Bayern Munich in both the leg of the fixture whereas Atletico Madrid is coming from the win against Leister city in the quarterfinal. Real Madrid has won this competition record 11 times while Atletico Madrid has never won the competition. On paper, Real does look strong and favourite to win the competition but never count Atletico out as you never know hey might surprise everyone.
In the second semifinal, Juventus will be up against Monaco. Juventus who won the European championship in 1985 and 1996 would take on Monaco who would look to win the competition for the first time. Juventus are coming from beating the title favourites Barcelona in the quarterfinal whereas Monaco has beaten Dortmund in the semifinal.
On paper Italian champion, Juventus look way stronger than Monaco but their coach and president had already warned the players to not to take the match easy and be ready for a good competition. Monaco on the other side would certainly start the match as the least favourite team to win the competition but they can surprise everyone. They have the players that could create the problem for the opposition but will they be enough to beat the huge club like Juventus. Well, we would have to wait and watch the ties for that.
The first leg of the second semi-final will be played on 4th May and the return leg would be played on 10th May.