This season’s Champions League quarterfinals offer an intriguing mix of heavyweight encounters, fairytale-style progressions and underdogs with considerably more bite than their bark.
After some drama both on and off the pitch in a quartet of well contested quarterfinals, the final 4 for this season Champions League has it all. The defending champions, the entertaining underdogs, the tactically balanced, and the battle-hardened dreamers. Will Real Madrid become the first champion since Manchester United to earn the right to defend their crown in Cardiff? Or will Atletico, Juventus or Monaco provide the spanner in works of Europe’s most successful football club?
Below we preview the Semi- Finals of the UEFA Champions League 2016/17.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid must be sick of the sight of their cross town rivals. Their European dreams have been crushed by Real for 3 seasons in a row (in 2 finals, and one quarterfinal), though to Atletico’s credit, possible victory has felt closer each time.
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Juventus vs Monaco
It’s not been too long since Juventus faced Monaco in the Champions League, but the teams couldn’t be more different in identity. The French side are this season’s clear dark horse, and their entertaining, attacking displays should prove a fascinating tactical counterpoint against the matured, refined, defensively sound and balanced approach by the treble chasing Italian giants.
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