Juventus host Real as Sevilla, Bayern clash in Quarters

Written By: BBC/Hunja Macharia
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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has refused to rule out managing Juventus in the future as the two clubs prepare to meet in the Champions League.

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Zidane won two Serie A titles as a player at Juve between 1996-2001.

The Frenchman’s long-term future at Real is unclear despite signing a new contract in September.

“Manager of Juventus one day? Never say never, but I’m happy where I am now,” said Zidane before Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg in Turin (19:45 BST).

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The tie is a repeat of last season’s final which Real, chasing a third straight Champions League title, won 4-1 in Cardiff.

That earned the Spanish club a La Liga-Champions League double, yet Zidane’s side have been disappointing domestically this season.

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They trail leaders Barcelona by 13 points in the league and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes.

“We’re not going to think about what happened 10 months ago, what counts is what happens tomorrow,” added Zidane.

Juventus have not lost to Real Madrid in Turin since 1962 and the Italian giants were the last team to beat them in the Champions League in 2015.

Boss Massimiliano Allegri has called on his players to repeat their performance in the first 45 minutes of last season’s final, when they came from a goal behind to draw level before conceding three second-half goals.

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“We need to play like we did in the first half in Cardiff, but to maintain that level throughout the tie,” he said.

“We are taking on the Champions League favourites. To knock them out would be a feather in our cap.”

Juventus are without Morocco defender Medhi Benatia and midfielder Miralem Pjanic. Both are suspended.

Forward Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return to Real’s side after being one of several players rested for last Saturday

Meanwhile Sevilla want to “make history” by beating five-time European champions Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time, says manager Vincenzo Montella.

Sevilla overcame Manchester United 2-1 on aggregate to secure a quarter-final place.

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“We’re going to play with everything until the end,” said Montello.

The first leg at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan takes places on Tuesday, and the second leg on 11 April.

Sevilla reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup in 1957-58, when they lost 10-2 on aggregate to Real Madrid.

Bayern beat Borussia 6-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday and will retain their title if they win at Augsburg on Saturday 7 April.

Robert Lewandowski, who scored a hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 35 goals, has been linked with a move to European champions Real Madrid.

But Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes said: “Real Madrid have absolutely no chance of acquiring Robert.”

 

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