Defending champions Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are on the verge of securing a place in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) semifinal after they won their respective first leg quarterfinal games.
It was Night to to Remember for Real Madrid and a night Juventus would want to forget very fast has Real Madrid defeated Juventus 3-0 in Turin with goals from star striker Cristiano Ronaldo (2) and Brazilian leftback Marcelo.
CRISTIANO RONALDO IS THE FIRST-EVER PLAYER TO REGISTER IN 10 SUCCESSIVE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GAMES.
Zinedine Zidane after a fulfilling matchday said: We can be very pleased, winning 3-0 away to Juventus doesn’t happen all that often, THE 3-0 AWAY WIN MIGHT FLATTER US A BIT BUT THE PERFORMANCE MERITED A RESULT LIKE THAT.
The Real Madrid coach began by discussing Cristiano Ronaldo’s spectacular overhead kick: “It’s one of the most beautiful goals in the history of football. I’m Real Madrid coach but I’m also a football fan. When I see something like that… it’s only natural to put your hands on your head. I’m thrilled for him. He’s a unique player because he’s capable of these kinds of things”.
“I’m happy for Cristiano Ronaldo and we’re happy to have him in our team. It was a spectacular piece of skill. The home fans applauding Cristiano at the Juventus Stadium is a big gesture. They were behind and they kept cheering their team on. This kind of thing doesn’t happen everywhere”.
Juventus Manager MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI also took to the media and this is what he had to say: “We played well for an hour and, although a 3-0 defeat is hard to take, until [Paolo] Dybala’s sending off we did well.
“We could have avoided the first goal and the second came about after a mix-up between [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Gigi] Buffon, but everything went wrong for us tonight and we were up against an exceptional team.
“I can’t fault my players at all: they playing against an amazing team and the best centre forward in the world, who has scored 14 goals in nine Champions League matches so far.
“We must bounce straight back now and focus solely on Serie A. I’m annoyed about the third goal we conceded. We should have kept it at 2-0 and tried to turn the tie around Madrid. That’s now going to be extremely difficult.”
GIANLUIGI BUFFON the Captain of Juventus said in His post match interview: “We’re all bitterly disappointed because we’re unlikely to go though now, but when you play against top-level teams you have to be honest in your analysis of the game and give credit where it’s due to your opponents.
“[Cristiano] Ronaldo is an extraordinary player – he and [Lionel] Messi have consistently led their teams to success. They’re on a par with the likes of [Diego] Maradona and Pele. “
The task was difficult as expected, but FC Bayern lived up to the expectations. They won 2-1 away to Sevilla after going one down, sealing a good position for the quarter-final return leg at the Allianz Arena.
Jupp Heynckes in a post match interview: “Sevilla were better in the first half, they showed they haven’t made it to the Champions League last eight for no reason. We lost possession too often when attacking, we weren’t well-structured in midfield, so Sevilla had chances. Of course I had some strong words about it at half-time and made the team improve their defensive discipline, impose their passing game, improve their positional play, keep possession when attacking and take up their positions in time when switching to defence. But in the second half we were clearly in control and deservedly won the match.”
The captain for the night Thomas Müller also said : “It was a match with many different aspects. We saw many good things but also things we don’t like to see. We got off to a good start, our build-up play was good in the first ten minutes, we didn’t let the atmosphere intimidate us. But at some point we made too many mistakes. We gave away possession, allowing them chances. We played too many square passes. We upped the ante in the second half and strangled our opponents, things were looking better then. A 2-1 away victory is always a great result. It takes something to beat us on our home field.”
Second leg games are scheduled for the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu and Allianz Arena on Wednesday, April 11.