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Manchester City will face Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League as they avoided an awkward meeting with incoming boss Pep Guardiola…for now.
The Citizens could yet come up against their soon-to-be manager in the final after Guardiola’s Bayern Munich were pitted against Barcelona’s conquerers Atletico Madrid.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side will host Cristiano Ronaldo and company at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg on April 26, before travelling to Spain for the second leg on May 4.
This is City’s first venture into the Champions League last four, and they are facing the most decorated team in the competition’s history, with Real 10-time European champions.
But it could be argued that Madrid were the best possible opponent for City. They looked vulnerable as they narrowly overcame an unremarkable Wolfsburg side in the last eight.
Atletico Madrid will be feared by everybody after knocking out Barcelona, while Bayern might now be considered the favourites as Guardiola looks to leave Germany on a high.
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