The Champions League draw for the semi-finals from Nyon this morning paired Real Madrid and Manchester City for an exciting clash.
It meant Barcelona’s conquerors Atletico Madrid face Bayern Munich to book a place in the final.
The draw now leaves the possibility of a repeat of the 2014 final.
That time Real overturned a dogged Atleti team thanks to Sergio Ramos’ last-gasp equaliser.
Both Spanish sides will fancy their chances of qualification once again and indeed, in 12 European ties this term involving teams from Spain against opposition from other countries, it’s the Spaniards that have progressed on all 12 occasions.
Manchester City and Bayern Munich would not make life easy for either team however and if both progress to the final, it would represent a thrilling prospect of seeing Pep Guardiola’s present and future employers face off for European football’s elite prize.
Manchester City have made it to the last four of the Champions League for the first time in their club history. Awaiting them in the semi-final will be one from Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Atletico have thrown out holders Barcelona, who knocked City out of the competition for the last two years, Real Madrid are not short on galacticos and Bayern Munich have a coach the Blues admire so much they have tempted him to the Etihad for next season.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have their own strengths though and Fernandinho has claimed that they will be respected by their opponents whoever that may be.
The opening leg of the semi-final takes place on April 26/27 with the return on May 3/4.
The final will be played on May 28 at the San Siro stadium in Milan.
First Semifinal –
Manchester City vs Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich
more to follow…