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Champions League: Cheslea will face Athletico Madrid in semi finals, with Real Madrid taking on current holders Bayern Munich

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The Champions League semi-final draw has seen Chelsea drawn away to Spanish side Athletico Madrid, whilst current holders will travel to Real Madrid in the first leg.

Jose Mourinho's side, are away at the Vicente Calderon in the first leg whilst Real Madrid will host German champions Bayern Munich in the first legs, to be played April 22-23.

Atletico have a one point lead at the top of La Liga and defeated Spanish rivals Barcelona in the quarter-finals, whilst Chelsea overturned a 3-1 first leg deficit against French Champions PSG to go through on away goals at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea last met Atletico in the 2012 Super Cup and they were defeated 4-1 as Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick in Monaco.

This time, the Blues could face 21-year-old goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan at Atletico from Chelsea.

It had been reported that, under the terms of the deal that took Courtois to Spain, Atletico would have to pay a sizable fee for the Belgium international to play against the Blues.

But Uefa released a statement  before Friday's draw saying that Courtois would be eligible if the two clubs were paired against one another, and any attempt by a club to exert influence on who the opposition select is forbidden.

The statement added that any private contract between two clubs which might influence who is selected in a match would be considered null and void.

Munich have overcome two English sides in the knockout stages, beating Arsenal in the last 16 for the second year running, before seeing off Manchester United in the quarters, whilst Madrid overcame Dortmund, who knocked them out in last year's semi-finals, in the last stage.

Whovever progresses to the final in Lisbon will bring up a few interesting side notes. The prospect of the first all Madrid final in living memory has the most resonance, whilst if Chelsea go through they will face either Munich, the side who they beat on penalties to win the trophy in 2012, or Madrid, a club formerly managed by Jose Mourinho.

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