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After the semi-final draw, who will win the Champions League?

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After the semi-final draw, who will win the Champions League?

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The pinnacle of European football will see four of the continent’s greatest teams come face to face as they seek to reach the final of the Champions League in Cardiff on June 3rd.

The semi-final draw has ensured that there will be no all Spanish final as has been seen in two of the past three years, but there will be a representative of Spain in the final for the fourth consecutive year.

They could be joined by Juventus, who reached the final two as recently as two years ago, or Monaco in what would be their second final appearance if they can beat their Italian rivals who can boast two titles and six final defeats.

But who will be the favourites? We take a look at the chances of each side as they seek to win the ultimate prize in European football…

Atletico Madrid

In their final season in the Vicente Calderon, Atletico want to see out their stadium with a bang. Up against Real Madrid in the semi-final, they face a tough challenge but can be confident of the support of their loyal fan base to see them through in what could also be the final season of Diego Simeone and Antoine Griezmann at the club.

 

You have to go back to 2011 to find a season in which los Colchoneros were knocked out of European competition by a side not known as Real Madrid, winning the Europa League in 2012, being knocked out by their city rivals in 2013 and 2015, alongside final defeats to their nemesis in 2014 and 2016.

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In La Liga, Atleti have had a disappointing season, already out of the title race in third, but they have enjoyed a revival in the second half of the season which has seen them enjoy boosted confidence and a good run of form going into the business end of the campaign. As always though, Simeone’s men will be the dark horses.

Read on over the next few pages to see who their biggest rivals will be for the crown of European champions…

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