Wed May 10, 2017 9:59AM
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) jogs past teammates during a training session at Valdebebas Sport City in Madrid on May 9, 2017 on the eve of their UEFA Champions League semi final second leg football match against Atletico de Madrid. (Photo by AFP)
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) jogs past teammates during a training session at Valdebebas Sport City in Madrid on May 9, 2017 on the eve of their UEFA Champions League semi final second leg football match against Atletico de Madrid. (Photo by AFP)
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Real Madrid are preparing to play Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-finals. 

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu has taken Los Blancos to within touching distance of their third Champions League final appearance in the space of four seasons.

That makes Zinedine Zidane's side clear favorites to advance after Wednesday's second leg at the Vicente Calderon.

Real defenders Pepe and Rafael Varane are both back in training, but the match may come too soon for the pair to make their full returns from injury.

Atletico have been beaten by Real in 2 of the last 3 Champions League finals and only a one-sided victory against Los Blancos will keep alive their hopes of winning the competition for the first time.