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Is Andrea Barzagli still salty over Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal’s Juventus departures?

Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal left Juventus to compete for silverware elsewhere - but now Juve are in the Champions League semi-final - without them

Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli has spoken about the departures of Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal ahead of the Italian giants’ Champions League semi-final clash against Monaco.

The duo, who both left the side in recent seasons, have gone on to achieve very little in Europe’s premier competition since leaving Juve.

Andrea Barzagli playing for Juventus against Barcelona earlier this month

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Andrea Barzagli playing for Juventus against Barcelona earlier this month

Pogba left the Old Lady last season to join Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United revolution, while Vidal left Juve in 2015 for Bayern Munich following the Turin club’s defeat to Barcelona in that season’s Champions League final.

Pogba joined United knowing the side would be competing in the Europa League, while Munich have been knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid at the quarter-final stage.

Barzagli last played with Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba at Juventus during the 2015 Champions League final

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Barzagli last played with Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba at Juventus during the 2015 Champions League final

Speaking to Tuttosport, the 36-year-old defender seemed indifferent over the duo’s decisions to leave Juve.

“Those are their choices,” Barzagli shrugged.

“No-one would expect that they leave and a year later the team reaches the Champions League semis.

“I spoke to Pogba just after the Genoa match, on the one hand he’s happy but on the other he’d like to be here.”

Vidal and Pogba have enjoyed mixed spells at Bayern Munich and Manchester United respectively

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Vidal and Pogba have enjoyed mixed spells at Bayern Munich and Manchester United respectively

Juventus face Monaco at the Stade Louis II next week, with the return fixture at the Juventus Stadium the week after.

The winner of the tie will face Real or Atletico Madrid in the final.