The Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola, will return to face his former club Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final. Real Madrid will face Juventus in the other semi-final.
Guardiola, who managed Barcelona from 2008-12, will make his return with former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcântara in his Bayern squad and described the chance to return “home” as special.
Guardiola is not the only manager making a return to his former club, with Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelloti set to face Juventus, where he was manager from 1999-2001.
Real Madrid overcame their rivals Atlético in the last eight, with Javier Hernández’s goal two minutes from time in the second leg proving decisive. Having beaten Atlético Madrid in last year’s final, semi-finalists Real are attempting to become the first club to retain the Champions League. This is the fifth consecutive year Real have reached the semi-finals.
The first leg will be played on 5/6 May, with the second leg scheduled for 12/13 May.
The final will take place at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on June 6.