Bayern and Real clash in Champions League semifinal
Holders Bayern Munich and 9 times champion Real Madrid will play against each other in a mouth-watering Champions League semi-final this month with Atletico Madrid up next to Chelsea. Friday’s draw in Nyon not only braced powerhouses Bayern and Real jointly but also kept active the intriguing chance of an all-Madrid final in Lisbon next month.
The draw also places Atletico’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois up next to his parent club Chelsea after UEFA said in a announcement on Friday that the on-loan Belgian is qualified to play with the Londoners. Atletico and Real will be at residence in the first legs taking position on April 22-23 with the second legs the week after. Real Madrid has not won the contest since 2002 and will have to finish Bayern’s hopes of becoming the first back-to-back champion, if they are to stay on course.
Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said that, “What can I say? Bayern is an extraordinary organization, one of the most prestigious teams in the world and the current champion.”
“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.”