Champions League draw: Pep Guardiola wary of Chelsea threat as Bayern Munich seek title defence

Guardiola could renew his rivalry with Jose Mourinho should Bayern draw Chelsea when the Champions League semi-finals are decided later today

Pep Guardiola thinks Bayern Munich will have to battle hard to make it to Lisbon if they draw Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals on Friday morning.

Bayern and Chelsea made it into the hat for the semi-final draw with their respective wins over Manchester United and Paris St Germain this week.

Should they draw each other in the last four, the encounter will be a repeat of the dramatic 2012 final in which Chelsea triumphed over the Germans on penalties.

Guardiola knows all about Mourinho as they shared a feisty rivalry during their time in charge of Spain's two biggest clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

 

Guardiola has a strong record of three defeats in 16 matches against his old adversary, but the Spaniard thinks the Chelsea manager and his squad will pose Bayern problems if they meet.

"Chelsea have a manager with a lot of experience," the Bayern coach said.

"They are an English team with many qualities and experienced players like Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry and Frank Lampard."

Given the Premier League form of Liverpool and Manchester City, the Champions League is arguably the best avenue Mourinho has for winning a trophy this year even though all three potential opponents are strong.

A match-up against Real Madrid would be intriguing for the Portuguese.

Mourinho left the Bernabeu on bad terms last summer, falling out with a number of senior players after lifting the league just once during his three years in the Spanish capital.

The 51-year-old says he is not desperate to face his old team, who will be without Cristiano Ronaldo for the first leg because of a thigh injury.

"No, not really," was Mourinho's answer when asked whether he hoped Luis Figo, picking out the teams, will pit Chelsea and Real together when the draw is made at 11am in Nyon, Switzerland.

Even if Chelsea avoid Bayern and Real Madrid, they will still have a huge task on their hands if they are to make the final in Lisbon on May 24.

Atletico Madrid claimed the prize scalp of Barcelona in the quarter-finals and stand top of the Spanish league following an extremely successful year under Diego Simeone.

Mourinho won eight of nine Madrid derbies during his time at the Bernabeu, but Atletico are now a far more formidable force under Simeone.

Koke, who scored the decisive goal against Barcelona, hopes his team can now go on to reach their first final in 40 years.

"The semi-finals are coming next. Here's hoping we can continue making history," the midfielder said.

If Chelsea draw Bayern, then Atletico and Real would meet for the first time in Europe since 1959.

The first legs of the semi-finals will take place on April 22 or 23, with the return legs taking place a week later.

The Europa League semi-final line-up will also be decided just before the Champions League draw is made, with Valencia, Benfica, Juventus and Sevilla the teams waiting to learn their fate.

Follow the Champions League semi-final draw with our live blog from 10.30am today

PA

Suggested Topics
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor and Clara have their first real heart to heart since he regenerated in 'Deep Breath'
TV
Life and Style
Apple showed no sign of losing its talent for product launches with the new, slightly larger iPhone 6 making headlines
techSecurity breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
News
The official police photograph of Dustin Diamond taken after he was arrested in Wisconsin
peopleDownfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Arts and Entertainment
Jeremy Clarkson, left, and Richard Hammond upset the locals in South America
tvReview: Top Gear team flee Patagonia as Christmas special reaches its climax in the style of Butch and Sundance
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?