There will be no repeat of the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, though at least one side from Madrid is sure of a place on the grand stage for the third time in four years. Real Madrid are aiming to make Champions League history and retain their crown, having broken the record for consecutive semi-final appearances (seven) by successfully navigating their way past Bayern Munich, albeit in controversial circumstances.
Zinedine Zidanes men have the welcome distraction of a title race but the Champions League is once again their top priority this season. Atltico also have a battle on their hands in the league, where they are trying to hold off Sevilla and secure a third-place finish and a spot in next seasons Champions League group stage, but winning this tie is also their main goal.
The two teams are in extremely similar shape in terms of results. They have both won eight of their last 10 games, lost one and drawn one (against each other last month at the Bernabu). Real Madrid have only beaten Atltico once in their last six meetings at the Bernabu, but that was in the Champions League. They will be glad to see Cristiano Ronaldo return to form. He scored five goals in the quarter-finals against Bayern and was on the scoresheet against Valencia at the weekend. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick when these sides met at the Vicente Caldern in November and will fancy competing against Atlticos young, makeshift right-back Lucas Hernndez.
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