Wembley Clasico on the cards after Barca draw Bayern and Real Madrid to take on Dortmund in Champions League semi-final
There is the chance of a Clasico in the Wembley final of the Champions League as Real Madrid and Barcelona were kept apart in this morning’s semi-final draw.
Jose Mourinho’s Real were drawn against Borussia Dortmund whereas Barcelona are set to take on Bayern Munich, meaning if both teams dispatch their German opponents they will meet in the final at Wembley on May 25.
Dortmund are the only unbeaten team remaining in the competition, and will be pitted against Real for the second time in this season’s tournament. The Bundesliga holders won a tough group which included Real, Manchester City and Ajax.
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Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are in sensational form in the competition, having beaten Juventus in the quarter-finals.
Dortmund scraped their way into the semi-finals, after two stoppage-time goals against Malaga at the Westfalenstadion.
Pep Guardiola’s loyalties will be split when Barca take on Bayern with both sides hoping to win their fifth European Cup.
He led the Catalan giants to two Champions League trophies during his remarkably successful tenure in Barcelona.
But he will be hoping for future glories with last season’s beaten finalists Bayern Munich, who he will take charge of next campaign when Jupp Heynckes leaves his post.
Veterans: Bayern Munich beat Juventus over two legs to reach the semi-final
Overjoyed: Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller (left) celebrates after a dramatic win over Malaga
Like Guardiola, Mourinho has a taste for success in the Champions League and could become the first ever manager to win the competition with three different clubs.
Having won the tournament with Porto and Inter Milan, he is looking to guide Real to the trophy for the first time since 2002.
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy drew the teams in Nyon, and was glad of the outcome.
History boy: Jose Mourinho wants to become the only manager to win the Champions League with three clubs
On the Dortmund and Real Madrid tie, the Dutchman told Sky Sports : ‘I think over two games [with] the quality of Real Madrid they should beat Borussia Dortmund. But this is football and anything can happen… you can never trust these things.’
When asked to compare his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, he added: ‘Messi, you can’t knock him but at this moment in time Cristiano has just got the edge.’
The first legs of the semi-finals will be played on April 23 and April 24, with the second legs taking place on April 30 and May 1.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL ESSENTIALS
In knockout ties, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have met twice before, picking up one victory apiece. Bayern won 4-3 on aggregate in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup semi-finals while Barcelona won 5-1 on aggregate in the 2008/09 Champions League quarter-finals.
- Bayern Munich have met Spanish opposition in the European Cup semi-final on five previous occasions, winning four of them (all v Real Madrid) including last season.
- Barcelona have never lost a European Cup knockout tie against German opposition, winning seven previous ties.
- The only previous knockout meeting between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid saw the Spanish side win 2-0 on aggregate (1997/98 European Cup semi-finals).
- Dortmund have won four of their five European knockout ties against Spanish opposition, losing only that semi-final against Real Madrid.
- Real Madrid have lost their last two European knockout ties against German teams, losing to Bayern at this stage last season and the same team in the last 16 in 2006/07.
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