Champions League semifinal odds 2017: Juventus, Real Madrid betting favorites this week

Atletico have a huge task to overturn a 3-0 semi-final first-leg deficit if they are to avoid elimination at the hands of Real in the Champions League for a fourth consecutive season in the last ever European game at Atletico's Vicente Calderon stadium on Wednesday.

Atletico were boosted on Sunday by the return of defender Jose Gimenez to training although they are still without right backs Juanfran and Sime Vrsaljko, who they missed badly in the first leg as they struggled to cause Real's defence any problems.

"But everyone - the club, the players, their mother and their agent - thought the best thing for them was to continue their growth at Atletico".

Last Tuesday saw Real Madrid produce a convincing display and Cristiano Ronaldo score a hat-trick against an Atletico side that was nearly unrecognisable to the team that is usually so hard to beat, reports Xinhua news agency.

"I hope we can repeat it, we scored two early goals and that allowed us to sit back and then score two more".

Zidane has confirmed that both players are in contention to face Atletico on Wednesday but refused to confirm who will form his back-line to stop Antoine Griezmann and co. We're going to give our all to progress, to qualify for the final. "The players and I are only thinking about the game", he said.

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An already intense rivalry has reached new levels in recent seasons as under Diego Simeone Atletico's status and ability to challenge Real has grown. "We will try to do something impossible, but we are Atletico Madrid and we just might be able to do it".

The Frenchman is on the cusp of a sixth Champions League final either on the pitch or in the dugout. "Pepe is very good, we will see if he is in the squad".

"The fans have always been with us in the most hard moments and it's not going to be any different this time", Niguez said.

Nevertheless, Zidane maintains Los Blancos have to head into the tie with the same mindset which saw them dispose of Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals and keep the pressure on at the top of LaLiga with a 4-0 win at Granada.

This is the last ever game at the Vicente Calderon, and it is nearly certainly the last Champions League semi-final that Antoine Griezmann, Diego Simeone and other Atletico players will play in before the team is broken up in the summer.

Like Real, Italian champions Juventus - on the verge of retaining their Serie A title - are strong favourites to dispatch Monaco and they hold a commanding 2-0 lead from the first leg in France.

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