Chelsea have drawn Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. The other tie sees Real Madrid take on Bayern Munich.
The tie could have proved controversial, with Chelsea's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on loan at Atletico. The Blues had a clause inserted in the Belgian's contract which states that Atletico would have to pay a fee should he play against his parent club, but Uefa clarified their stance on the issue this morning, declaring any clause "null, void and unenforceable" meaning he will be eligible to feature.
Chelsea last faced Atletico in August 2012 in the Super Cup final, losing 4-1 in Monaco. Colombian striker Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick in the fixture, alongside a strike from Miranda. Gary Cahill netted a late consolation for the Blues.
The clubs previously met in the Champions League in the group stage in 2009/10, drawing 2-2 in Madrid, while the Blues won 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.
The tie will also see Fernando Torres return to his face his former team. The striker started his career at Atletico, and captained the side at the age of 19.
A guide to the Champions League semi-finalists
A guide to the Champions League semi-finalists
1/4 REAL MADRID
Best: Winners (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002)
Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti – has won the league in England, France and Italy, as well as the Champions League twice with Milan, and is now expected to deliver ‘la decima’ – Real Madrid’s tenth European title
Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (14)
Top assist: Karim Benzema/Angel Di Maria (both 5)
Overview: After sailing through the group stages unbeaten, and then dispatching Schalke 9-2 in the last 16, Real Madrid were the form team in the tournament until their scare against Dortmund. The 2-0 defeat in Germany, albeit without their talisman Ronaldo, has revealed a chink in the armour, but you still wouldn’t want to draw them.
Best: Winners (2012)
Star man: Eden Hazard
Manager: Jose Mourinho – The ‘Special One’ is looking to become the first manager to win the competition with three different teams having succeeded at Porto and Inter
Top scorer: Samuel Eto’o/Demba Ba/Fernando Torres (all 3)
Top assist: Oscar (4)
Overview: Despite losing twice to unfancied Basel, Chelsea topped their group and saw off the tricky task of Galatasaray in the last 16. Needed a last minute goal to scrape past PSG in the quarter-final, and will go into the semi-finals as underdogs – as they did in 2012.
3/4 BAYERN MUNICH
Best: Winners (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013)
Star man: Franck Ribery
Manager: Pep Guardiola – in his first season at Barcelona he won a treble that included the Champions League, and he’s on course to do the same in his first season at Bayern. If he does it his place among the greats will no longer be in doubt.
Top scorer: Thomas Muller (5)
Top assist: Arjen Robben/Phillip Lahm (both 3)
Overview: Aside from a defeat at home to Manchester City, by which stage qualification was already secured, Bayern have been almost perfect, blowing away Arsenal and Manchester United in the knock-out stages. Favourites to become the first team in the Champions League era to retain the title.
4/4 ATLETICO MADRID
Best: Runners-up (1974)
Star man: Diego Costa
Manager: Diego Simeone – the only manager left who was at his club last season, Simeone has built a team performing beyond the resources of Atletico, with a real shot at a first Spanish title since 1996.
Top scorer: Diego Costa (7)
Top assist: Gabi (4)
Overview: Atletico are the only unbeaten team left in the competition, and having seen off Milan and Barcelona they deserve their place in the semi-finals. They may be the only team left never to have won a European title, but they can no longer be considered underdogs, and everyone will want to avoid them.
Elsewhere, Pep Guardiola will hope his fine record against Real Madrid continues when Bayern take on the Spaniards. As Barcelona coach, he won six out of eight La Liga matches against the club, with only one defeat.
"If we want to win the Champions League, we have to beat everyone including Bayern," Madrid manager Ancelotti, who won the double with Chelsea in 2010, said.
"The semi-finals against Bayern will be very difficult, but it's not easy for anyone to play Real Madrid either."
Bayern are aiming to become the first team to retain the trophy since the European Cup was rebranded as the Champions League in 1992.
Chelsea will be away at the Vicente Calderon in the first leg on 22 April, while Real will be at home to Bayern on 23 April. The second legs will be played on 29 and 30 April.
The final is on Saturday, 24 May at 7.45pm. The Estadio da Luz in Lisbon is the venue.
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