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UEFA Champions League Tues. preview: A quartet of entertainers

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At this stage of the UEFA Champions League, the odds of good entertainment are varying. Sure, anyone in the last eight is going to have a wealth of talent, but how brave are they when it comes to putting it on display.

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None of the four sides at play Tuesday are going to have any fears of dancing under the bright lights, which is why we can’t wait for the games to begin.


Juventus vs. Barcelona
First leg in Turin: Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET
Second leg in Barcelona: April 19, 2:45 p.m. ET

Sergio Busquets, Rafinha, Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal will all miss Tuesday’s first leg for Barcelona, but you know who will be there: Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Luis Suarez. While Juventus won’t be overwhelmed by anyone, facing a Barcelona side which knows it wasted a huge opportunity in league play is no picnic.

Juve is almost completely healthy and nearly as experienced as its Spanish opponents. The Old Lady broke a rare two-match winless streak with a win against Chievo.

Borussia Dortmund vs. AS Monaco
First leg in Dortmund: Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET
Second leg in Monaco: April 19, 2:45 p.m. ET

Here you have two of the most attractive sides in the world when it comes to attacking football. Monaco outlasted Manchester City by overwhelming on the flanks with flying fullbacks, while Borussia Dortmund has danced through defenses all year-long.

The beauty of this match is how many young superstars will be on display, and how much these pieces could matter to the world scene in the future, whether at Monaco, Dortmund or elsewhere. Kylian Mbappe (18) and Thomas Lemar (21) at Monaco is a thrilling duo, while BVB has Christian Pulisic (18) and Ousmane Dembele (19).

Six Premier Leaguers named to Argentina, but no Icardi

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Argentina’s World Cup roster features a number of the usual suspects, particularly up front, but Serie A’s top goalscorer has been surprisingly left off the list of 23.

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Manager Jorge Sampaoli’s squad was made official on Monday, which includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

The Albiceleste won’t be taking Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi though, which has raised some questions about the decision.

Icardi led all scorers in Italy’s top flight this season, scoring 29 goals in 34 Serie A matches, while Paulo Dybala edged out the final striker spot in the Argentina squad.

Dybala is teammates with Higuain at Italian giants Juventus.

Meanwhile, six Premier League players were named into the South American nation’s squad, including goalkeepers Sergio Romero (Man United) and Willy Caballero (Chelsea), as well as Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Marcos Rojo (Man United) and Manuel Lanzini (West Ham).

Men in Blazers POD: FA Cup recap, UCL final preview and more

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Rog and Davo recap a spite-fueled, snear-filled, peak Phil Jones FA Cup Final, preview this weekend’s Champions League tilt between Liverpool and Real Madrid and eulogize Big Sam… gone the opposite of too soon. Plus, World Cup rosters and MLS.

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Long-term absentee Santi Cazorla will leave Arsenal

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Santi Cazorla hasn’t played a match for the Gunners since suffering a gruesome Achilles injury back in October 2016.

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And unfortunately for the Spaniard, Cazorla won’t feature for Arsenal again after six years at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal released a statement on Monday revealing the veteran midfielder won’t return to the club in 2018/19, which isn’t unexpected given the extent of his injury.

In his time with the Gunners, Cazorla made 180 appearances in all competitions for the club, and helped Arsenal win two FA Cups.

Cazorla was also a member of the Spanish national team squads that won back-to-back UEFA EURO competitions in 2008 and 2012.

Wolfsburg keeps Bundesliga spot with playoff win

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Wolfsburg managed a 1-0 win (4-1 on aggregate) over Holstein Kiel on Monday in the second leg of its German promotion playoff as the Bundesliga side kept its place in the top flight.

Robin Knoche scored the game-winner in the second leg, which ensured Wolfsburg’s stay in the Bundesliga ahead of the 2017/18 season.

The hosts boasted a number of quality chances in the first half, including David Kinsombi’s close-range shot that tested Wolfsburg keeper Koen Casteels with a save, however, Holstein couldn’t break through.

U.S. Men’s National Team defender John Brooks went the full 90 minutes for Wolfsburg, after the 25-year-old made nine starts this season for the German side in league play.