Bayern Munich have already received more than 200,000 ticket requests for the home leg of their Champions League semi-final, thousands of which were made before they advanced against Juventus.
Bayern’s stadium holds only 69,000 and that includes the 39,500 season ticket holders and any fans travelling with their opponents.
Bayern and fellow German side Borussia Dortmund are joined by Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in today’s semi-final draw after a compelling week’s action in the competition.
Lionel Messi defied injury to produce yet more magic and set up a vital second-leg equaliser for Barcelona as they saw off Paris St Germain on away goals after the score ended 3-3. Real were beaten in their second leg by Galatasaray but two goals by the prolific Cristiano Ronaldo proved crucial as they edged out the Turks 5-3 on aggregate. Dortmund’s passage was the most dramatic as they struck twice in injury time to beat Malaga 3-2 and progress by the same aggregate scoreline.
By contrast, Bayern’s 4-0 aggregate defeat of Juventus was more routine but their presence in the last four completes a line-up to excite the neutral. For three of the four teams involved it is familiar territory. Barca, Real and Bayern all reached the same stage last season, although it was Chelsea who went on to claim the European crown. Dortmund have not come this far since 1998. In total, the four clubs have won the competition 18 times. Three of Barca’s wins have come since 2006 and the Catalans will again be highly fancied.
Assistant coach Jordi Roura said: “When you get to the semi-finals of a European competition the best four teams are there, so I don’t have any preferences in Friday’s draw. Whoever we get it’s going to be very tricky to advance.”