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Football: Reaction to Champions League semis draw

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Here is the main reaction to the Champions League semi-final draw, made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on Friday:

"It's our chance to show that Bayern Munich has improved since 2009 (when Barcelona beat Bayern 4-0) and that we can now compare ourselves to the best teams," he added.

"It will be a good comparison between the Bundesliga and the Spanish league."

- Bayern honorary president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

"Bayern against Barcelona: that is a clash of the giants in the top tier of European competition.

"It will be a huge challenge to play against this team, which has impressed the whole of Europe with creative football over the last four years and has also dominated...

"I am looking forward to a magical night of football."

- Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes

"I see our chances of reaching London as 50:50.

"It'll be a great duel between two top teams and I am looking forward to it."

- Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.

"It is a tie between two great teams.

"They are two teams with different styles and we will try to do what we like and what we know how to do, which is play football.

"We would be delighted to be in a place that is magic for us like Wembley."

- former Spain goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta, now Barcelona director of football.

"Home advantage isn't decisive. Two of the teams progressed from the quarter-finals who were away in the first leg," he added.

"If we put in a decent performance in the first leg, we'll have a bit of room for the second leg and I don't see that being a problem.

"Anyway, we have much to gain and nothing to lose now, so this is a comfortable situation for us.

"I don't think Real will fear us from the first two (group stage) games, they will respect us and we'll respect them."

- Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.

"We respect Borussia Dortmund and I need to say that we played them twice already this season and we weren't able to beat them, so eliminating them will not be easy.

"But we are hoping to arrive at this final at Wembley which is what everyone is dreaming of."

- Former Real striker Emilio Butragueno, now director of institutional relations at the club.

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