‘We are proud to play at this stadium!’: Zinedine Zidane strikes back at Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool boss criticized Real Madrid for staging the Champions League quarter-final clash at their small 6,000-capacity training ground arena
Zidane Zidane has hit back at Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss regretted Real Madrid̵
Madrid have played the whole pandemic at their Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in Valdebebas due to development work at the famous Santiago Bernabeu, but Klopp still took exception after the match.
After the 3-1 defeat, Klopp had noted that Liverpool would at least stage the other leg inside a ‘proper stadium’, but Zidane has now stated his opinion and insists he has no opinion on what his counterpart thinks. .
Zidane Zidane has turned his back on Jurgen Klopp over comments to Madrid’s training stadium
The Reds fell to a 3-1 Champions League defeat at Alfredo Di Stefano on Tuesday night
Klopp had told reporters during his post-match press conference: ‘This was weird tonight because it was really difficult with the stadium (at Madrid’s training ground), but Anfield is at least a proper stadium and that will be good for us.
‘It must be a really difficult task for Real Madrid at Anfield,’ Klopp added.
When told about Klopp’s words, Zidane simply told reporters in Spain after the final whistle: ‘I have no opinion on what Jurgen says, we are proud to play at this stadium.
‘Liverpool are opponents and we know they will leave everything they have on the pitch, I have no question about that.
Zidane defended Madrid’s small Valdebebas pitch and insisted that his men are proud to play there
‘Anfield is at least a proper stadium and that will be good for us,’ Klopp said of the return match
“We just have to be ready and it will be a very good second leg match. We will have to do the same in the other leg. ‘
The Frenchman added: ‘We are happy with the result, but we have not won anything.
‘We are pleased with the performance and what the players have done is huge after many difficulties in our season.’
Liverpool are in shape when it comes to overturning deficits against Spanish opponents, after needing four goals to get past Barcelona in the 2019 semi-finals.
The Reds had been beaten 3-0 at the Nou Camp with permission for a sublime Lionel Messi performance, although somehow managed to win a 4-0 reverse victory at Anfield despite being without both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Madrid now have control of the Champions League draw thanks to a brace from Vinicius Junior
Much of this victory was due to Anfield’s roaring atmosphere, which will be absent next week as Madrid once again lock horns with Klopp’s men.
The winners of the draw continue to face either Chelsea or Porto in the semi-finals.
Chelsea are currently leading the standings after recording a crucial 2-0 win over Portugal on Wednesday night with goals courtesy of Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell.