Chelsea to face Atletico Madrid in Champions League
Defending champions Bayern Munich pitted against Real Madrid in other semi-final
Chelsea will meet Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Chelsea will play Atletico Madrid for a place in the Champions League final.
Friday’s semi-final draw pitted Jose Mourinho’s men against the Primera Division leaders, who knocked out Barcelona in the quarter-finals.
Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the other semi-final.
The draw sets up an intriguing situation with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois — the 21-year-old goalkeeper on loan with Atletico from Chelsea.
It was reported that Chelsea would allow the Spanish side to play the Belgian in both legs of the semi, provided they paid a fee of around €3 million for each game.
However, Uefa moved to clarify that it expects the Belgium international to be free to face the Blues in both legs.
A statement from European football’s governing body read: “The integrity of sporting competition is a fundamental principle for Uefa.
“Both the Uefa Champions League and the Uefa disciplinary regulations contain clear provisions which strictly 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.
“It follows that any provision in a private contract between clubs which might function in such a way as to influence who a club fields in a match is null, void and unenforceable so far as Uefa is concerned.
“Furthermore, any attempt to enforce such a provision would be a clear violation of both the Uefa Champions League and the Uefa disciplinary regulations and would therefore be sanctioned accordingly.”
The other match will see holders Bayern take on the nine-time winners Real Madrid.
“What can I say? Bayern is an extraordinary organisation, one of the most prestigious teams in the world and the current champions,” Real director Emilio Butragueno said after the draw. “They have an extraordinary team both collectively and individually and without doubt they will be an extraordinary opponent for us.
“But it’s the fourth semi-finals in a row for us and we are hopeful of making the final. We know it will be very tough but we have confidence in our players.”
Bayern are looking to become the first team to win the Champions League in it’s present form back-to-back while Real are seeking to end a long wait to continue their collection having last won it in 2002.
Champions League draw
Real Madrid v Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid v Chelsea
Ties to be played on 22nd-23rd and 29th-30th April