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Champions League draw announced

dpadpa 15/04/2016

The Champions League finals draw has been announced, with Real Madrid playing Manchester City and Atletico Madrid taking on Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, sparing coach Pep Guardiola a meeting with his future club Manchester City, who meet Real Madrid.

Atletico, who defeated holders Barcelona in the quarter-finals, host Bayern in the first-leg April 27 before heading to Munich for the May 3 return fixture in what is a repeat of the 1974 European Cup final.

The other tie sees 10-time champions Real Madrid travel to Manchester City, who are in the semi-finals for the first time, on April 26 before welcoming Manuel Pellegrini's side to Spain for the second-leg May 4.

The winner of the City-Real clash will be treated as the home team at the final in the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan on May 28.

"It's a great tie against the team that has won the competition the most times," Manchester City sport director Txiki Begiristain said on Friday.

"But we have got this far and we want to keep dreaming."

Despite spending millions on their squad, City have struggled to find success in Europe's elite competition and this is the first season where they have made serious progress.

They have previously came up against Real only once in European competition, in the Champions League group phase in 2012/13. City lost in Madrid and drew at home.

Real are currently led by novice coach Zinedine Zidane and overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to defeat Wolfsburg 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.

Bayern, in Guardiola's last season in charge, are attempting to reach the final for the first time since 2013 having twice faltered at the semi-final stage under the Spaniard.

Their only previous meeting with Atletico was in 1974 when a late equaliser rescued a 1-1 draw in the final before the replay was romped 4-0 to secure the first of three successive European crowns.

Atletico made their second appearance in the final in 2014 but lost to Madrid neighbours Real in extra-time, again having led until the dying seconds.

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