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LIVE, UCL quarterfinals: Real Madrid v. Juventus, Bayern Munich v. Sevilla

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The quarterfinal round of the UEFA Champions League wraps up on Wednesday as Real Madrid look to finish off Juventus and Bayern Munich looks to do the same to Sevilla.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a Goal of the Year candidate in the first leg, perfectly connecting on an audacious bicycle kick to give Real Madrid its 3-0 advantage heading into the Bernabeu. Ronaldo starts again in the second leg while Gareth Bale comes off the bench to start up top with the Portuguese international.

Juventus meanwhile have a huge hole to dig out of and ultimately need a minimum of three goals and a clean sheet to force extra time. This could be the final Champions League game for Gianluigi Buffon, and what a place to make your final appearance.

Bayern meanwhile picked up a 2-1 win on the road at Sevilla, and could cruise into the semifinals with a goal at the Allianz Arena. Both Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery start, with younger players such as Corentin Tolisso available off the bench. Sevilla has a big job to do, and its fans will be hoping Wissam Ben Yedder can come up with another couple of big goals in Germany.

Click on the link above to follow the action live, while the schedule and lineups for both games is below.

We will have analysis and reaction from both games right here on Pro Soccer Talk.

Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinals second leg

Real Madrid v. Juventus- 2:45 p.m. ET (3-1 aggregate)
Bayern Munich v. Sevilla- 2:45 p.m. ET (2-1 aggregate)

UCL Tuesday preview: Juventus hosts Real, Bayern travels to Sevilla

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Eight teams remain in this season’s UEFA Champions League, as Europe’s elite club competition prepares to separate the serious contenders from those that simply won’t cut it.

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The quarterfinals kick off on Tuesday with a pair of matches featuring top sides, including reigning holders Real Madrid and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Real are riding tremendous form over the second half of the 2017/18 season, and will meet Serie A side Juventus.

Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid side has lost just once in its last 13 matches, and three times overall since the change of the calendar to 2018. In that span, Los Blancos have scored 58 goals across all competitions.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich — who has really found its form under manager Jupp Heynckes — prepares for an encounter with Spanish side Sevilla.

The Bundesliga club has followed in Real’s footsteps this season, having lost just once all in competitions since the start of December 2017. That includes this past weekend’s 6-0 thrashing of domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern’s test against the La Liga outfit is difficult to assess though given Sevilla’s up-and-down form in 2017/18.

The club managed to dispose of Manchester United in the UCL Round of 16 and also reached the Copa del Rey final — which will be played against Barcelona. However, Vicenzo Montella’s men have fallen 30 points behind league leaders Barca and sit in sixth place with eight matches remaining.

Klinsmann: ‘I’m sure I’ll come back’ to coaching

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Jurgen Klinsmann hinted that he could return to full-time coaching after the 2018 World Cup.

Klinsmann appears to be enjoying life as a full-time soccer dad after his dismissal from U.S. Soccer in November 2016, having taken home a portion of a $6.2 million buyout from U.S. Soccer for he and his staff. Speaking to Socrates Magazine in Germany, Klinsmann gave his thoughts on the Bundesliga, the German National Team, and whether he’d be back in the hot seat one day.

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“I’m sure I’ll come back,” Klinsmann said. “Right now I’m having a nice break, I enjoy it. I do not know when I’ll take on a coaching job again. I’m looking forward to the World Cup in Russia and then I’ll be back in action.”

Klinsmann has been linked with a number of jobs over the past few years, even before he was fired as U.S. Men’s National Team coach, including with Everton, Sunderland, and Club Tijuana in Liga MX. But instead, Klinsmann has remained in the stands, cheering on his son Jonathan at the 2017 Under-20 World Cup along with the rest of the U.S. parents in their section.

Following the disastrous start of World Cup qualifying and the fact that Klinsmann never took the U.S. to the level he promised, it is hard to see where he will go next, unless it’s a lower level, with lower expectations. Based on his work with the USMNT and Bayern Munich, he has shown that he struggles tactically and is mainly a man-motivator, which is just one part of the coaching package.

The 53-year-old former German coach and player also had a bit of a warning to the Bundesliga, after a particularly tough season in Europe. Three Bundesliga teams (Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig) made the UEFA Champions League, but both Dortmund and Leipzig finished third in their groups, dropping down to the Europa League. FC Koln, Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin all failed to advance to the knockout stages in the Europa League as well.

“The recent development at the European level is not a good sign, it is important that everyone is aware that success is lacking,” Klinsmann said. “Recently, you have lost too much ground.

“It’s a very critical moment. There is a certain amount of satisfaction after winning the World Cup in Brazil and the Bundesliga clubs having done very well in the Champions League.”

Gullit believes Conte can rescue Chelsea job with win vs. Barcelona

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Antonio Conte‘s time at Chelsea has quickly gone from jubilation in winning the Premier League to fury over the club’s inconsistency in England’s top flight in 2018.

The Italian manager has surely been on the hot seat for much of the current campaign, Conte’s second in charge in London, which began with an unexpected home defeat to Burnley in August 2017.

One former Chelsea manager believes that it won’t be a certainty that Conte is exiled from the club though, particularly if the Blues can pull off a massive victory at the Camp Nou against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.

“If he gets Barcelona out of the Champions League, then it will be very difficult to replace him,” Ruud Gullit told Omnisport, speaking at the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards.

“He knows that, he knows also that the championship in England is difficult now to get. They know that as well.

“Manchester City have now won the EFL Cup so they have the confidence, it’s hard for them to lose any points [in the Premier League]… So the best thing is to focus yourself on the Champions League.”

Conte has been the subject of sacking rumors for several months now, however, owner Roman Abramovich and the club have opted to stick with the successful manager.

The 48-year-old has been linked with returning to Serie A or possibly the Italian national team as well, after talian Football Federation vice-president Alessandro Costacurta recently confirmed that Conte is on the shortlist to be named Azzurri boss after the European nation missed out on qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Report: Arsenal profits fall sharply with failure to qualify for Champions League

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For a club that seems to place more importance in the bottom line over titles, the failure to qualify for the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League has made a deep impact.

According to The Telegraph, while Arsenal remained profitable over the six months ending in November 2017, profits fell more than 60 percent, from around $75 million to $28.5 million. Much of the drop in profits comes from the loss in expected broadcast and commercial revenues with Arsenal in the Europa League this season.

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The money doesn’t take into account the signings of Henrik Mkhitaryan or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or the sale of Alexis Sanchez, but the latest financial figures also saw the team’s wage bill rise despite the poor season. It’s likely to continue to rise after the latest signings in addition to Mesut Ozil’s contract extension.

“Our strategy remains self-financing and we must accept all the challenges that brings at a time when the inflation of transfer fees, player wages and the fees demanded by agents has become super-heated,” Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick said.

“As always, the actual income for the second half will be strongly influenced by the extent of progress in the remaining knock-out competition, the level of live TV coverage for Premier League games and final league position.”

Arsene Wenger – the definition of consistency through his first 20 years at Arsenal – signed a new two-year deal with the club in May 2017, despite calls for his departure from fans and the media over the past five-plus years. However, the boardroom could decide a change is necessary if profits continue to fall in 2018.