Madrid derby teed up, Juve to tackle Monaco

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The Ligue 1 leaders were paired against the Italian champions in Friday's semi-final draw in Nyon, in an intriguing tie that pits Monaco's vast attacking talent against the defensive strength of Juventus, who have conceded just twice in this season's competition.

Emilio Butragueño, former Real Madrid forward and the club's current Director of Institutional Relations said: "We know each other well".

"In theory it's better to play the return leg at home but that all depends on the result of the first leg".

French side Monaco take on Italian club Juventus in the other last-four tie.

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Monaco, who were knocked out by two-time champions Juve in the 1997-98 Champions League semi-finals and in the quarter-finals two years ago, have never won the competition but reached the final in 2004.

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The return fixtures will be played the following week, when Atletico will be hoping to end their Champions League heartache by finally overcoming their rivals.

Massimiliano Allegri's side has purred along in its Champions League campaign so far and its record is remarkable - they have conceded just twice in their 10 games.

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"The only distinction from the three teams is that Atletico Madrid have a more marked and defined position in the (league) standings", said the stopper, who is yet to win the Champions League, calling Diego Simeone's team "the trickiest" of the sides left.

Real have won two dramatic finals against their city neighbours, in 2014 and 2016, and also eliminated them in the 2015 quarterfinals, while this season's La Liga meetings ended in a Real victory at the Vicente Calderon and a draw at the Bernabeu. "I think they can win the Champions League this season", Pique said.

But instead he must face teenage striking sensation Kylian Mbappe, 18, and a rejuvenated Radamel Falcao.

The French side - Buffon labelled them "feisty" - are full of attacking vim and have hit a staggering 141 goals in all competitions this season.

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The Champions League final takes place on June 3 (19:45 BST) at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

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