By IVES GALARCEP
Defending European champion Bayern Munich will take on a familiar foe in the semifinals this year after being paired with Real Madrid in Friday’s European Champions League semifinal draw.
Pep Guardiola will take on a rival he knows well from his Barcelona days, while Chelsea has been paired with Atletico Madrid in another enticing clash.
Jose Mourinho and Diego Simeone are two of the most charismatic managers in the world’s game and their tactical wits will be on full display in a matchup of overachieving teams.
Friday morning also saw the Europa League draw held as well, with Juventus being matched up against Benfica, while Sevilla and Valencia will do battle in an all-Spanish affair.
The first legs of the Champions League will be held April 22nd-23rd, with the second legs set for April 29th-30th. The final is set for May 24th in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Europa League semifinal first legs will take place on April 24th, with the second legs set for May 1st. The Europa League Final will be played on May 14th in Turin, Italy.
What do you think of the match-ups? Who do you see winning the Champions League? Has the exciting action in Europa League made you a fan of the tournament? See Juve lifting the trophy at home?
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