Champions League & Europa League Semi-Final Draws: Bayern To Face Barcelona, Dortmund Get Real Madrid, Chelsea Pitted Against Basel

Chris Wright

12th, April 2013

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By Chris Wright

The plastic balls of destiny have been removed from the Ikea vase of fate by the Ruud van Nistelrooy of circumstance and the line-ups for both the Champions League and Europa League semi-finals look a bit like this…

Champions League

Semi-final 1: Bayern Munich vs Barcelona
Semi-final 2: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

Europa League

Semi-final 1: Fenerbahce vs Benfica
Semi-final 2: FC Basel vs Chelsea

Would you believe it, Chelsea have never ever played Basel before in any capacity?

First thoughts: We might just have a speculative flutter on an all-German Champions League Final this year, though in truth it’s hard to see Dortmund turning over Real Madrid over the course of two legs. Bayern-Barca should be a cracker and it really could go either way.

As for the Europa League, as was evident last night, Basel are no duck eggs and there’s a question mark over whether or not Chelsea’s hearts are really in it – though we’re still backing the Blues to squeak through, with a probable Chelsea-Benfica final in the offing.

Any thoughts Pies fans?