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UCL Semis Draw: Man City draw Madrid, Atletico play Bayern

UCL Semis Draw: Man City draw Madrid, Atletico play Bayern


English Premier League side Manchester City have drawn Spanish giants Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, while Atletico Madrid will face off with Bayern Munich.

Friday’s draw in Nyon Switzerland means that City host Real for the first leg on the 26 April at the Etihad Stadium and play the return game at the Santiago Bernanbéu on May 4.

Atletico who dumped Barcelona out of the competition welcome German Champions Bayern to the Vicente Calderon on April 27 before travelling to Allianz Arena on May 4 for the reverse fixture .

Pellegrini was Real Madrid coach between 2009 and 2010, before he was replaced by José Mourinho. Real finished second behind Barcelona in La Liga that season but Pellegrini was fired for not winning the title.

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola misses what would have been a difficult semi-final for him against City, the Premier League side he will take charge of next season.

Real, record 10-times champions, are unbeaten in their last eight games against English clubs. Their only previous game against City came in 2012 when the Spanish side won 3-2 at home before drawing 1-1 in Manchester.

The only time Atletico have met Bayern was in the 1974 final, when the German side won 4-0 in a replay after a 1-1 draw.

For Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick to win the quarter-final against VfL Wolfsburg, it will be another return to Manchester, where he spent six years with United before moving to Spain in 2009.

The final is in Milan on May 28.

In the Europe League, Villarreal face Liverpool while Shakhtar Donetsk take on Sevilla in the semi-final.

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