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Chelsea dodge Real and Bayern

ESPN staff
April 11, 2014
Chelsea sealed a place in the last four with a dramatic late goal from Demba Ba against Paris Saint-Germain © PA Photos

Chelsea have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, while Real Madrid will face holders Bayern Munich.

Jose Mourinho's side will play the second leg of their tie at home, with Chelsea warned by UEFA that they could face sanctions if Thibaut Courtois - who is one loan at Atletico from the Premier League club - is not allowed to play.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo had told Spanish radio Onda Cero that "a large sum of money" - believed to be €6 million (£4.9 million) over both legs - would need to be paid to Chelsea were the sides to meet as per a clause added into the two clubs' loan agreement at the start of the season.

Juve face Benfica in Europa semis

  • Juventus must see off Benfica if they are to book a place in a Europa League final on home turf, while Sevilla face Valencia in the competition's other semi-final.
  • This year's Europa League final is at Juve's Turin Stadium, where Antonio Conte's side will play the second leg of their last-four tie after first visiting the Estadio da Luz.
  • Juventus have never won the Europa League in its current guise, but are joint-record winners of its predecessor, the UEFA Cup, having won it three times (1977, 1990 and 1993) along with Inter Milan and Liverpool.
  • Valencia host Sevilla in the first leg of the other semifinal in an all-Spanish class that pits La Liga's eighth-placed team against the team fifth in the table.
  • Valencia won the UEFA Cup under Rafa Benitez in 2004, while Sevilla became only the second side after Real Madrid to take home the trophy in successive seasons when they triumphed in 2006 and 2007. A Spanish side has won the competition in five of the past 10 seasons.

However UEFA released a statement prior to Friday's draw saying they "forbid any club to exert, or attempt to exert, any influence whatsoever over the players that another club may (or may not) field in a match."

Chelsea sealed their place in the last four in dramatic style after Demba Ba scored a late goal against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday to put his side through on away goals, while La Liga leaders Atletico knocked Barcelona out in the quarter-finals.

Holders Bayern, who beat Manchester United in the last eight, face a repeat of 2012's semi-final against Real. Bayern conquered Mourinho's Real that year, before losing to Chelsea on their own ground at the Allianz Arena.

The tie sees Pep Guardiola renew acquaintances with Real, having faced them numerous times as coach of Barcelona, including a Champions League semi-final triumph over them in 2011.

Both Guardiola and Real coach Carlo Ancelotti have won the competition twice previously and should one of them triumph this year they would become only the second coach after Liverpool's Bob Paisley to lift the European Cup on three occasions.

Also gunning for that honour is Chelsea boss Mourinho, who won the competition with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

Atletico Madrid will face Chelsea on Tuesday April 22 at the Vicente Calderon, with Real Madrid facing Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu the following night. The return legs come the following week, with Bayern-Real on Tuesday April 29 and Chelsea-Atletico at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday April 30.

Full Champions League semi-finals draw:
Real Madrid v Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid v Chelsea

The Champions League trophy on display at the semi-finals draw © Getty Images
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