Twitter Reacts to Champions League 2014 Semi-Final Draw

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2014

NYON, SWITZERLAND - APRIL 11:  A general view of the Champions League trophy during the UEFA Champions League 2013/14 season semi-finals draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on April 11, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for UEFA)
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The draw for the Champions League semi-finals is complete, and the four remaining teams now know who stands between them and a chance to play for European club football's biggest prize in Lisbon on May 24.

The Times' Oliver Kay reported the outcome:

Squawka helpfully provides the dates for each leg:

Kay's reference to Atletico Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois alludes to the overwhelming pre-draw chatter about whether the Chelsea-owned player would be eligible to play if the Spanish club drew Jose Mourinho's side.

Initial reports suggested Courtois' contract included a clause which meant Chelsea must receive payment for the Belgian to play against them, as noted by Paddy Power:

However, The Huffington Post's Samuel Luckhurst confirmed Courtois will play:

And despite all the controversy, BT Sport's Ian Darke reckons Chelsea have got the draw they would have wanted, while predicting a Bayern win in the other tie:

Commentator Jonathan Legard notes that Jose Mourinho will come up against a few old foes if Chelsea can make it to the final: 

Meanwhile, the folks at ESPN FC have a nice precedent for Diego Simeone's side:

Opta notes that Real will continue their very German-heavy campaign through the knockout rounds:

Former Real superstar Luis Figo was involved in making the draw in Switzerland and, as pointed out by 102 Great Goals, did not seem too impressed when his old club drew the defending champions:

But he can take solace in these statistics provided by Opta:

However, Goal UK makes Bayern the favourites to win the tournament overall and be the first team to retain the Champions League:

Looking ahead, Chelsea have the potential of a third European final in as many years, and The Times' Matt Dathan notes that any outcome could prove historic:

The Mirror's Sheridan Bird makes an incisive point about the potential for a repeat of the 1974 final:

No matter what, with the quality of the teams left in the competition, a great set of semis is all but guaranteed.

Atletico have been a real force in this season's competition and will prove very difficult for Mourinho's side to break down, as this Squawka stat indicates:

And Real Madrid's clash with the German champions is a real challenge to predict.

Real almost came unstuck against Borussia Dortmund in the quarters while Bayern did not look wholly comfortable against a Manchester United side who have been pretty terrible this season.

But if both sides bring their best game in the two legs, it will be a sight to behold with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben all on display.

The ties get underway with Atletico against Chelsea at the Vicente Calderon on April 22.