UEFA held the draw for the Champions League semi-finals on Friday morning. Everyone was likely hoping to avoid Bayern Munich, a team that has lost just one game this season in their domestic league and currently the reigning champions. La Liga giants Real Madrids were the ones to draw them and the Spanish side, who have stumbled in their domestic league title race, admitted they didn’t want the match up.
“Bayern are a very strong rival, the reigning champion,” Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said, via ESPN FC. “They have individuals who can win a game in any moment. Of the three, for their resources, for being the champions, they were the one we wanted least.
“But we have got them. Now we have to prepare as well as possible, first leg at home, and look to get a very good result to take to Munich and defend.”
Of course Real Madrid are familiar with Munich manager Pep Guardiola.
“They have a very complete team, not just their starting XI but the whole squad,” Butragueno added. “Guardiola has many options to field a team which can win any game. But so do we. From a football perspective it is one of the best games you can see in the world.
“Our motivation is the competition. This is the most prestigious competition there is, and Madrid is what it is because of the European Cup. We are in our fourth semifinal in a row, which we deserve a lot of merit for, but hopefully this season we can make the final.”