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Published On: Tue, Apr 3rd, 2018

‘Manager of Juventus one day? Never say never,’ says Zidane

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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.
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).
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.
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.
“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’ Dani Alves at the 2017 Champions League final
Juventus have won Serie A 12 times since they last won the Champions League in 1996
Team news
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’s 3-0 La Liga win at Las Palmas.

Captain Sergio Ramos and midfielder Isco have also trained since missing the game at the weekend.

However, defender Nacho has a strain in his right thigh, although the Spain international has travelled to Italy.

Match facts
This will be the 20th meeting between these two clubs in European competition, all in the Champions League or European Cup. Real Madrid have won nine times, and Juventus eight times.
The only fixture to have been played more in this competition is Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (24 games).
Juventus have previously made it through to the Champions League semi-finals on seven occasions, which is a record for an Italian club.
Juve are on a 27-game unbeaten run at home in European competition, winning 16, and have not lost on home soil in Europe since April 2013 against Bayern Munich.
Keeper Gianluigi Buffon is looking for his 50th clean sheet in what would be his 116th appearance in the competition.
Juventus lost their first European home meeting with Real Madrid – 1-0 in February 1962 – but have won six and drawn one of their seven home games against the Spanish giants since.
Real Madrid will be looking to progress to the Champions League semi-finals for the 13th time – their 12 appearances in the last four is already a record.
The Spanish giants have scored in 23 successive Champions League matches.
Ronaldo has scored in all five of his Champions League games against Juventus and his seven goals against them is the most of any player in the competition.

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