By IVES GALARCEP
FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich will square off in the UEFA Champions League semifinals, setting up a tasty match-up between Pep Guardiola’s former club and his future club.
The current league leaders in Spain and Germany will meet in the semis after Friday morning’s draw, which also set up a group stage rematch between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in what should be another quality match-up.
Bayern Munich head into the semifinals in the best form, though Barcelona can hardly be considered an underdog given the strength of their squad. Lionel Messi’s ability to recover from his hamstring injury will go a long way in determining just what sort of chances Bayern has of knocking off the pre-tournament favorites.
Real Madrid will be favored against Dortmund, but the group stage meetings between these sides have already shown us that Dortmund is more than capable of competing with the Spanish champions. The two-leg chess match between Jose Mourinho and Juergen Klopp should be one more the more entertaining aspects of the semifinals.
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