In an exclusive interview with ITV Sport, Juventus defender Patrice Evra promised he would shake Luis Suarez’s hand before Saturday’s Champions League final in Berlin, despite revealing the Barcelona striker has yet to apologise for the racist abuse towards him that earned the Uruguayan an eight-match suspension in 2011.
Speaking to ITV Football's chief reporter Gabriel Clarke, Evra admitted that he has no problem with Suarez despite the lack of an explicit apology.
"I don’t want his apologies," Evra told us. "It doesn’t matter, it’s no problem for me. But when we are going to play the game, I will shake his hand. He will never be my best friend, but this is not a problem.
"The past is the past. I am really proud of my colour and I will shake his hand like I did with Manchester when we play against Liverpool. My game is against Barcelona, it is not against Luis Suárez, but I will make sure he will feel me on the pitch."
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Holders Real Madrid will play Juventus in the semi-final of the Champions League while Pep Gaurdiola's Bayern Munich have been drawn against his former club, Barcelona.
First leg ties take place on the 5th and 6th of May with the return matches scheduled for the 12th and 13th of May.
Real Madrid are attempting to become the first team in Champions League history to retain the trophy.
- Barcelona v Bayern Munich
- Juventus v Real Madrid
Reigning champions Real Madrid will face bitter rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last eight in a repeat of last season's final.
Madrid claimed their 10th European Cup title by beating Atletico 4-1 after extra-time in Lisbon last May and are now bidding to become the first team to defend the Champions League crown.
Atletico will take heart, however, from the teams' meetings this season. Diego Simeone's side have beaten Madrid twice in the league and also knocked Los Blancos out of the Copa del Rey in January.
Champions League quarter-final draw in full:
- PSG v Barcelona
- Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
- Porto v Bayern Munich
- Juventus v Monaco
First leg matches will be played on April 14th and 15th with return leg fixtures scheduled for the following week.
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Arsenal have been knocked out of the Champions League despite beating Monaco 2-0 away from home. The Gunners needed a third goal to win the Round of 16 tie on aggregate but fell short after goals in each half by Olivier Giroud and sub Aaron Ramsey.
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Nemanja Matic is available for Chelsea's Champions League last-16 second leg with Paris St Germain on Wednesday after serving a two-match suspension.
The midfielder is poised for an immediate return after missing the Capital One Cup final defeat of Tottenham and Premier League win at West Ham for his sending off against Burnley.
John Obi Mikel (knee) is the only definite injury absentee for the contest, which is poised at 1-1 following the first leg three weeks ago.
Provisional squad: Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Ake, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba, Remy, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cuadrado, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Blackman, Loftus-Cheek.
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