Madrid to face Juventus in Champions League semis

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SHOWS: NYON, SWITZERLAND (APRIL 24, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REAL MADRID DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL EMILIO BUTRAGUENO SAYING: “I am sure they (players of Juventus) are highly

Madrid to face Juventus in Champions League semis

SHOWS: NYON, SWITZERLAND (APRIL 24, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REAL MADRID DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL EMILIO BUTRAGUENO SAYING:

“I am sure they (players of Juventus) are highly motivated to reach a final, and they have lots of experienced players, so they used to play these kind of matches, with a lot of pressure, so I don’t think it is going to be a one sided event, quite the opposite I think. The fact of being again here, you know, on the semi-final of the Champions League, is great, great news for them, and they are going to do their best, of course, to reach the final. The same for us, you know. With the support of our

fans, we are going to play the second leg at home, on paper it is going to be a slight advantage, but for that we need to get a good result on the first leg, otherwise, this is going to be very difficult.”

STORY: Defending champions Real Madrid have been pitted against Juventus in the Champions League semi-final draw held in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday (April 24).

Real, seeking a record-extending 11th title, will be at home in the second leg against a Juventus side making their first appearance in the semis since 2003 when they beat the Spaniards en route to losing the final to AC Milan on penalties.

Juventus are flying on all fronts as they are firmly on course to win the Serie A title and have also reached the Italian Cup final.

Real Madrid Director of Football Emilio Butragueno said the current European champions will be facing opponents with a lot to prove.

“I am sure they (players of Juventus) are highly motivated to reach a final, and they have lots of experienced players, so they used to play these kind of matches, with a lot of pressure, so I don’t think it is going to be a one sided event, quite the opposite I think,” said the former Real Madrid striker.

“The fact of being again here, you know, on the semi-final of the Champions League, is great, great news for them, and they are going to do their best, of course, to reach the final. The same for us, you know. With the support of our fans, we are going to play the second leg at home, on paper it is going to be a slight advantage, but for that we need to get a good result on the first leg, otherwise, this is going to be very difficult,” Butrageno added.

The semi-finals will take place on May 5/6 and 12/13 with the final in Berlin on June 6.

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