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UEFA Champions League semifinal draw: European giants clash in final four

Apr 11, 2014, 6:48 AM EDT

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The draw for the UEFA Champions League semifinal was made in Switzerland on Friday, as Premier League side Chelsea managed to dodge two of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Jose Mourinho’s men will face current La Liga leaders, Atletico Madrid, as the Blues will fancy their chances of making the final in Lisbon on May 24.

In the other semifinal tie, a mouth-watering clash awaits between two of European soccer’s heavyweights as Real Madrid square off against reigning champions Bayern Munich.

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Chelsea will travel to the Vicente Calderon stadium in the first leg on April 22, to face Diego Simeone’s side who knocked out FC Barcelona at the quarterfinal stage. Diega Costa should be fit after being hit by injury, as the West London club know that as long as they defend well in the first leg, that can bring Atleti back to Stamford Bridge on April 30 with everything to play for. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 15 clashes with Spanish sides in the Champions League, winning six and drawing nine, and have never lost to Atletico in the UCL.

Real Madrid host Bayern at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the other semifinal on April 22, as Carlo Ancelotti’s superstar side will come up against the favorites Bayern.What a tie that will be, as Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, Gareth Bale and Arjen Robben collide again in the second leg at the Allianz Arena on April 29.

Both semifinal matches will be played later this month, as the first legs will be on April 22/23, with the second legs to be played on April 29/30.

Champions League semifinal draw in full

Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich

Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea

  1. mianfr - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Please let Ronaldo be available and fit for both legs, whatever it takes…

  2. chunkala - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    And Chelsea gets the weakest of the 3 choices, of course.
    And they get to play away in the first leg, so 0-0 tie and 1-0 win at home in 2nd leg.
    Maybe they’ll face Bayern in a rematch of 2012 where they were outmatched the whole game only to luckily score a tying goal in extra time before “winning” in a shootout, soccer’s equivalent to a 3 point or field goal kicking contest.

    • pauleee - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      “And Chelsea gets the weakest of the 3 choices, of course.”

      Are you suggesting some conspiracy and that the draw was rigged? So Chelsea can play the “weakest” club? The one that just knocked out Barca and that’s top of La Liga and 3 points clear of Real Madrid?

      Sounds like you nailed it.

    • geminitactic - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Somebody sounds like a Liverpool fan. Atletico are top in La Liga, and it’s no fluke. Chelsea have it toughest, but I expect them to advance because Mourinho has been here before, and the second leg being at home is huge. No team wants to play at Stamford Bridge.

  3. omniusprime - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    I hope my two favorite soccer teams meet in the finals, go Chelsea and Bayern Munich!

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