Friday’s UEFA Champions League semifinal draw has pitched Barcelona to face their former coach Pep Guardiola, who is now handling German giants, Bayern Munich.
The semifinal duel is the first time Guardiola will be up against Barcelona, a team he made his name with, first as a player and later as a coach, before embarking on a fresh challenge to Germany to pitch tents with Bayern Munich.
A switch of allegiance is next up for Guardiola, who was seen cheering Barca on in their last-16 clash with Manchester City at Camp Nou, with the way the draws have now panned out, Guardiola will now take his Bundesliga champions to his old stomping ground for the first-leg before hosting his former club at the Allianz Arena.
Interestingly, Barca have a poor record against the Bavarian giants. Of eight previous matches, the Catalan side have won just once, drawing twice and losing the other five games.
In the other semi-final, Juventus and Real Madrid face each other after 1-0 quarter-final victories over Monaco and Atletico Madrid, respectively.
The first leg will be played in Turin on May 5 and the return leg will be at the Santiago Bernabéu on 13.
The two sides have a very balanced record against each other. Juve have come out on top on seven occasions, the reigning European champions won eight times and there has been a single draw in their previous 16 encounters.