And then there were four.
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In what has proved to be a tremendous season of domestic football, the 2015-16 edition of the UEFA Champions League has been no different. With four teams remaining in this season’s competition, it is guaranteed that a new champion will be crowned following Barcelona’s exit.
On Friday, the Premier League’s lone contender, Manchester City, was drawn with Real Madrid, while Atletico Madrid is set to take on Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich.
With history backing both Real and Bayern, oddsmakers will likely select the two to meet at the San Siro come May 28. The Madridistas have won a record 10 CL titles in 13 appearances, while the Germans have captured five titles of their own.
It would be remiss though to write off City or Atletí after each side dispatched worthy opponents in the quarterfinals. PSG and Barcelona fell victim to the two clubs in thrilling ties, setting up a brilliant final four.
The draw couldn’t have set up any better for the fans of the competition. The possibility of an all-Madrid or Bayern-City final remains very real, although the two other permutations wouldn’t be too shabby either.
Seriously though, who doesn’t want to see Pep Guardiola take on his new club in the final?
Semifinals draw (Matches to be played April 26/27 and May 3/4)
Manchester City vs. Real Madrid (April 26, May 4)
Bayern Munich vs. Atletico Madrid (April 27, May 3)