Chelsea battle Atletico in the second semi-final
Holders Bayern Munich and nine-time winners, Real Madrid, will face each other in the Champions League semi-finals this month, following Friday’s draw in Nyon.
In the other semi-final, Spanish league leaders, Atletico Madrid, the only one of the last four not to have won the title, will be up against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea – the 2012 winners.
Real Madrid and Atletico will both be at home in the first legs taking place on April 22 and 23 respectively.
“What can I say? Bayern is an extraordinary organisation, one of the most prestigious teams in the world and the current champions,” Real Madrid director, Emilio Butragueno, said on Spanish television.
“They have an extraordinary team both collectively and individually and without doubt they will be an extraordinary opponent for us.
“But it’s the fourth semi-finals in a row for us and we are hopeful of making the final.
“We know it will be very tough but we have confidence in our players.”
Bayern are looking to become the first team to win the Champions League in its present form back-to-back; while Real seek to end a long wait to win the ‘la-decima’, the 10th Champions League title, having last won the competition in 2002.
Chelsea are in the semi-finals for the seventh time in 11 seasons.
In the Europa League, it is an all Spanish contest in the first semi-final as Sevilla battle Valencia; while Benfica battle Juventus in the second semi-final.
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