By: Joshua Patterson

The semifinal matchups for Europe’s most prestigious club competition were set yesterday after Chelsea and Real Madrid advanced through their quarterfinal matches.  Chelsea defeated past Benfica 2-1 in London last night to win their two-game aggregate series 3-1.  Chelsea will now advance to play Barcelona, who defeated AC Milan 3-1 to win their aggregate matchup by that score.  On the other half of the bracket, Real Madrid defeated APOEL Nicosia 5-2 (8-2 on aggregate) and will face Bayern Munich, 2-0 (4-0 aggregate) winners over Marseille.

Chelsea vs. Barcelona:

Preview:  Barcelona is the defending champion in this competition and has been the overall favorite since day one.  Widely considered the  best team in the world, the Spanish side is making their fifth consecutive appearance in the semifinal stage of this competition, including a 2009 victory over Manchester United in the final.  On the other side is Chelsea, a…

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