The draw for the semi-finals of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League will occur on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland. It’ll be shown live on UEFA.com beginning at 6am ET.
With the Champions League quarter finals coming to an end on Wednesday night, the attention of the soccer world will now turn towards Friday’s draw for the semi-finals, with coaches desperate to find out whom they will play as the competition nears the final show-down.
UEFA director Giorgio Marchetti and UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino will be in charge of the draw proceedings, assisted by Luis Figo, the ambassador for the Lisbon Final.
When will the Champions League semi-finals be played?
The semi-final ties involving the four quarter-final winners of the UEFA Champions League will be determined by an open draw. At the current stage of the competition, no teams were seeded and clubs from the same national association can now be drawn against each other.
The semi-finals will be played in two legs, home-and-away basis, with the first leg to be played on Tuesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 23 while the return legs are scheduled to be played on Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30.
Which teams have qualified?
Both Madrid sides, Real and Atletico, are joined by the Bundesliga champions and current Champions League holders Bayern Munich, while one Premier League representative —Chelsea — has also qualified for the semis.
The fact that the semi-finals will be played in an open draw means that Real Madrid could be paired with city-rival Atletico, while a rematch of the Champions league 2012 final could be on the cards with Bayern Munich playing Chelsea.
Players to watch?
Although the Champions League semi-final has robbed us of stars such as Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, there still remains plenty of stellar names in the semis.
Two out of the three players who stood at the podium of the FIFA Ballon d’Or, Frank Ribery (Bayern Munich) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), will be present. To add to those star players, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Oscar, Frank Lampard and Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea) will also be present.
Additionally, Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze and Manuel Neyuer (Bayern Munich), Diego Costa, David Villa, Koke and Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid) will also be seen.
There’s a big possibility that Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea may play against Real Madrid. While Bayern Munich still fancy themselves to break the Champions League curse and become the first team to win back-to-back Champions league trophies, Atletico are surely the underdogs desperate to showcase their power. With Real Madrid finally hoping to achieve their La Decima and Chelsea becoming blessed with the Mourihno magic, the Champions League race is wide open.