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

Chris Wright

12th, April 2013


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?

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  1. Ross says:

    In the group stages, over two legs (home & away) Dortmund managed a 2-1 & a 2-2 draw against Madrid. The outcome of this game is far from certain.

    As for Barca v Bayern…zie Germans have been so close over the last few years, is this their year?!

  2. Per says:

    Is this the first time since Pep came to Barcelona that they go into a Champions League-tie not being favorites?

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