Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane said “Juventus are still important to me” amid links with the under-fire Serie A champions.
First-year Juve coach Andrea Pirlo is under mounting pressure in Turin, where the Italian giants are fourth in Serie A and in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification for next season.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juve were stunned by Portuguese side Porto in the Champions League last 16 this term.
Former boss Massimiliano Allegri – who left in 2019 – has been linked with a return after meeting president Andrea Agnelli.
Zidane: “It’s a fair result, I am happy for the players because they put in in an incredible effort.” pic.twitter.com/lEtgogzobf
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) April 6, 2021
Zidane spent five years at Juventus, winning two Serie A titles among other honours before joining Madrid in 2001, and the Frenchman did not rule out a possible Bianconeri reunion.
“Both, Italy is in my heart, I spent five years in Turin and Juventus are still important to me,” Zidane told Sky Italia.
“Future at Juve? For now I’m here, we’ll see,”
Zidane was speaking after Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in the opening leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday.
Vinicius Junior scored twice for hosts Madrid in the Spanish capital, where Marco Asensio was also on target against the Premier League holders in the absence of centre-back duo Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.
Toni Kroos teed up Vinicius for the opening goal with an exceptional pass in the 27th minute before Trent Alexander-Arnold’s error gifted Asensio a goal of his own nine minutes later.
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah reduced the deficit six minutes into the second half, but Vinicius restored Madrid’s two-goal advantage within 14 minutes.
Aged 20 years and 268 days, Vinicius became the second youngest goalscorer for LaLiga holders Madrid in a Champions League knockout match after 18-year-old Raul netted against Juventus in March 1996.
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