El Clasico in the offing
The pairing of Barcelona with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid with Borussia Dortmund in Friday's Champions League semi-final draw has left Spain dreaming of an El Clasico final at Wembley in May.sports Updated: Apr 13, 2013 01:23 IST
The pairing of Barcelona with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid with Borussia Dortmund in Friday's Champions League semi-final draw has left Spain dreaming of an El Clasico final at Wembley in May.
A completely open draw in Nyon meant that Barca and Madrid could have been paired together in the last four for the second time in three seasons, but having both drawn German opposition they could now meet in the final for the first time."A Madrid-Barca final. The dream final. These 110 years of rivalry, these last three of four years that have attracted the attention of the whole world to the Clasicos deserves something like this," enthused Alfredo Relano, editor of Madrid sports daily AS. "A final duel in the Main Street of the town. A Champions League final at Wembley, in the 150th year of the creation of football in this same city that produced this miracle. I am dreaming." Madrid probably emerged from the draw happiest of all the four teams involved.
“It was all that Madrid could have asked for, with the return-leg at home as well,” wrote Relano.
Chelsea in semis
London: Chelsea and Benfica reached the Europa League semifinals and were joined by FC Basel and Fenerbahce who made the semis of a continental competition for the first time.
Chelsea grabbed a spot in Friday's draw with a 5-4 aggregate win over Rubin Kazan while Benfica scored a 4-2 aggregate victory over Newcastle.