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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

When are the Champions League semi-finals? Dates, teams, matchups...

The quarter finals will be concluded this week. Let’s take a look at how the semis could shape up.

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Real Madrid head into this evening’s quarter final return leg aiming to make it through to the semi-finals for the 15th time during the Champions League era, while Inter Milan’s last appearance in the last four was in 2010 and Benfica have never got this far since the competition was rebranded.

Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter and Manchester City have advantages going into this week’s quarter final return legs - some bigger than others, but the Champions League is notorious for throwing up surprises...

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Quarter final return legs

The defending champions Real Madrid travel to Stamford Bridge 2-0 in their tie against Chelsea. Inter Milan have a similar advantage, they lead Benfica 2-0 and welcome the Portuguese side to San Siro on Wednesday. An Italian side is guaranteed to be in next month’s semi-finals - whoever emerges victorious out of the tie between Napoli and AC Milan, which is finely poised with the Rossoneri holding a one-goal lead heading into tonight’s clash at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Few would bet against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City making it to the next round - they are formly in the driving seat after beating Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Etihad last week but could be in for a tough night at the Fussball Arena.

The semi-final bracket is already known, so all of the teams will know who they could face next, whether they will be at home and the route to the final from this point on.

In the semis, the winners of QF 4 (AC Milan vs Napoli) will meet the winners of QF 2 (Benfica vs Inter), while the winners of QF 1 (Real Madrid vs Chelsea) will be up against the winners of QF 3 (Manchester City vs Bayern Munich).

It is has also been established who the home team will be in the final, the winners of semi-final 2 (Real Madrid v Chelsea/Man City v Bayern) will wear their home strip/colours in Istanbul.

Semi-final bracket (with the first leg scores in brackets)

  • SF1: AC Milan or Napoli (1-0) versus Benfica or Inter (0-2)
  • SF 2: Real Madrid or Chelsea (2-0) versus Manchester City or Bayern Munich (3-0)

The first legs will be played on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 May 2023 with the return legs on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 May 2023

Final: 10 June 2023

The 2022/23 Champions League final will be played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday 10 June 2023.