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Manchester City are braced for a draw with one of Europe's heavyweights in the semi-final.Getty Images

How the draw works

The draw for the semi-finals of the 2015-16 Champions League takes place from 11.00am BST in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday 15 April. It is a simple procedure, with no country or seeding restrictions meaning that any two teams can be paired together. You can follow events live right here at IBTimes UK as well as the official Uefa website.

Who are the teams involved?

Atletico Madrid

Bayern Munich

Manchester City

Real Madrid

Best/worst case scenario

Manuel Pellegrini's side may be new to the last four of the Champions League, but it won't take long to recognise that at this stage of the competition there is no easy draw. In Bayern, Atletico and Real there are three of Uefa's highest four ranked clubs in their coefficient standings, not to mention arguably a group of some of the biggest sides outside of British shores.

Atletico ousted defending champions Barcelona in the last eight and with the best defence in Europe and Antoine Griezmann in attack, they have the perfect blend to return to the final for the second time in three years. Bayern Munich are heading for a third straight Bundesliga title under Pep Guardiola - who will want to end his tenure in Bavaria with the a third European Cup. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are the 10-time winners of the competition and have the small matter of Cristiano Ronaldo in toe. Last four debutants City enter the lion's den regardless of who they are paired with in Nyon.

Key dates

The semi-final first legs will take place on 26 and 27 April, with the return legs scheduled for 3 and 4 May.

Any other business?

Bayern and City's passage into the semi-final sets up the tantalising proposition of Pep Guardiola facing the team who he will join from the start of next season. Meanwhile, should Atletico and Real Madrid avoid each it would raise the possibility of a repeat of the 2014 Champions League final, not to mention another Madrid derby in Europe's premier club competition.