A Champions League winners medal is arguably the most sought-after medal for a footballer competing in Europe. Therefore, the passion and commitment showed by players is heightened in the latter stages of the competition.
Frank Ribery has recently emphasised the importance of the competition as he has refused to apologise for the horrendous tackle he made on Arturo Vidal in last night’s quarter-final clash of the titans.
Ribery stamped on the Chilean midfielder and his tackle was not one of the good sights in the game.
Outrage ensued as referee, Mark Clattenburg refused to punish Ribery for an offence that on another day may have warranted a red card.
The Bayern Munich player has even further intensified the clash between the two sides as he shrugged off the chance to apologise to the Juventus midfielder, stating that Champions League is the only thing that he cares for.
"It was a duel with Vidal," he was quoted as saying by Bild. "I took a lot of hits and dished out some as well. In this particular situation, I challenged for the ball, but I hit his foot. "I didn't apologise and he didn't either. That's football, that's the Champions League. It's no problem."
The two sides meet again on 10th of April in a crunch affair to be played in Turin. Juventus lost the first leg 2-0 and will be hoping for a turnaround in the scheduled return leg.
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