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Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Who’ll Perform in Champions League Semi-Final Second-Leg Ties?

 • by John Rooney
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Reckon you can select a strong enough XI from Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Juventus and Monaco players to win you some money?

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So who should you select for your Champions League XI? Here are four stars likely to perform.

Gianluigi Buffon — JUVENTUS v Monaco

READ MORE: PICK AND SHARE YOUR MONACO TEAM TO FACE JUVENTUS

Only one team in Europe’s top five league’s has scored more league goals than Monaco this season — Barcelona. In 270 minutes of football, Gianluigi Buffon has kept a clean sheet against both of them, including at the Camp Nou, the one goalkeeper to have managed to do so since Malaga’s Carlos Kameni back in November.

What’s more, Juve have conceded just one home goal in the Champions League this season.

Monaco might be scoring for fun this term, but the Italy number one has to be considered as the favourite of the four keepers available to keep a clean sheet.

That would equate to 6 points for Buffon, but if the French side manage the five shots on goal they’ve mustered up on average per game in the Champions League this season, that’d be another 7.5 points assuming the 39-year-old saves them.

Giorgio Chiellini/Leonardo Bonucci — JUVENTUS v Monaco

Giorgio Chiellini compared with Leonardo Bonucci

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For the same reason as you should back Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks, either one or both of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci would be ideal picks for your defensive positions.

There’s 3 points on offer for a clean sheet, but they’ll also rack up points for successful blocks (1 point), interceptions (0.5 points) and tackles (0.5 points). Monaco will have to attack with everything they’ve got to stand any chance of overturning the 2-0 deficit, so expect these two to have a busy night at the back for the Old Lady.

Yannick Carrasco — ATLÉTICO MADRID v Real Madrid

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Diego Simeone’s men will have to win by four goals tonight to progress to their third Champions League final in four years (though a 3-0 win would take the tie to extra time and penalties). A seemingly impossible task, though you don’t have to look too far back in history to find an example of Atlético winning by that sort of scoreline.

Tonight’s hosts beat Real 4-0 at the Vicente Calderón during the 2014-15 season with goals from Tiago, Saul Ñíguez, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandžukić, and although a repeat is exceptionally unlikely, you don’t need Atlético to succeed in order to score plenty of points from their main stars.

Belgium international Yannick Carrasco has scored fourteen goals for Atlético this season, while creating 43 chances across La Liga and the Champions League, and is likely to be at the heart of a lot of his side’s forays forward.

Thomas Lemar — Juventus v MONACO

The performances of Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva have rightly led to the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid taking an interest, but 21-year-old Thomas Lemar has perhaps not received as much attention as he deserves.

Thomas Lemar statistics

The former Caen player has scored 14 goals from midfield this season, as well as provided four assists, while no one has created more chances than the France international.

As is the case with Yannick Carrasco, Lemar may not end up on the right side of the result tonight, but that doesn’t mean he won’t bag you plenty of points.

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