All the information you need for Friday mornings final-four ball-picking
What time is it? 11am (BST)
Where is it? Nyon, Switzerland
There’ll be no Premier League representation in the semi-finals of the Champions League after Leicester were knocked out by Atletico Madrid, despite a spirited second leg-display at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.
Instead, here’s a brief glance at who’s left in the hat…
Atletico Madrid (ESP)
- How they got here: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Leicester (1-0, 1-1)
- Competition best: Runners-up x 3 (1974, 2014, 2016)
Diego Simeone’s warriors are into the semi-finals for the third time in four seasons, and will be desperate to lift the trophy this year after twice falling to city rivals Real Madrid during that time.
A stoic first-leg performance left Leicester with an uphill struggle for the second, not least when Saul Niguez doubled the advantage before half-time, and Atletico duly progressed despite some ruffled feathers in the second half as the Foxes threatened an unlikely comeback.
- How they got here: Juventus 3-0 Barcelona (3-0, 0-0)
- Competition best: Winners x 2 (1985, 1996)
Rule Juventus out at your peril. They might lack the wow factor of Real Madrid or Monaco, but Max Allegri’s men set out their stall with a smashing 3-0 first-leg win over Barcelona that even the Catalan comeback kings couldn’t make a dent in.
Paulo Dybala’s brace inside 22 minutes did the damage in Turin, but there’s also the 23-goal Gonzalo Higuain to contend with and a stingy defence that’s been breached only twice in the entire competition (10 games).
- How they got here: Borussia Dortmund 3-6 Monaco (2-3, 1-3)
- Competition best: Runners-up (2004)
Monaco have scored three goals in each of their four knockout games so far, and took advantage of a Borussia Dortmund side perhaps distracted by recent events in the quarter-finals.
The 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe is getting folk hot under collars – he got two in the first leg and another in the return – but in reality he’s just one of many vibrant youngsters who’ve fired the Monegasques to the Ligue 1 summit and this far in Europe. They’re a terrifying proposition in full flow, but quite how they’ll fare should they come up against a defence like Juventus or Atletico’s is unknown. Fascinating, though.
- How they got here: Bayern Munich 3-6 Real Madrid (1-2, 2-4aet)
- Competition best: Winners x 11 (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016)
The 11-time winners got the job done against Bayern Munich eventually, though required extra time and some officiating that infuriated the Barians to get the job done. Zinedine Zidane’s men tore through their 10-man opposition in the additional 30 minutes, scoring three times to tip the scoreline firmly in their favour.
Cristiano Ronaldo now has 100 Champions League goals after his second-leg hat-trick, and right now it’s hard to bet against him sending Real Madrid all the way once again. Should he lift the trophy again this year, the perma-tanned Portuguese will join Lionel Messi as a four-time winner.