Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman hits Jurgen Klopp over Real Madrid dig

Koeman defended rival Real Madrid in his pre-El Clasico press conference

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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has remarkably jumped in defense of big rivals Real Madrid in the face of “derogatory” comments from Jurgen Klopp.
Los Blancos hosted Klopp’s Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night, fighting for a 3-1 first-leg victory against the Reds.

But the game was not played at Real Madrid’s home regular – the sumptuous 81,000-seater Santiago Bernabeu – as it is undergoing a mind-boggling £ 500million refit.

Instead, the two European giants faced off at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, a 6,000-seater pitch that is the base of Real Madrid Castilla – the reserve team.

Following his side’s loss, Klopp appeared to be aiming for a stadium search saying Liverpool are eagerly awaiting the return leg on ‘suitable’ ground at Anfield.

Klopp appeared to be aiming for a Real Madrid Castilla field search, although Zidane did not stand up
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“It was really weird here tonight because it was a difficult situation in the stadium, but Anfield is at least a real stadium and it will be good for us,” said the German.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was not impressed with Klopp’s remarks when presented to him in his own post-match interview.

“I don’t have an opinion on what Jurgen is saying, we are proud to play in this stadium,” said the Frenchman.

Koeman defended rival Real Madrid in his pre-El Clasico press conference
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While Zidane appeared keen to draw a line under the incident, Koeman floundered through Klopp’s perceived dig as he watched Saturday night’s El Clasico, which will be played at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

“Madrid are used to playing in this field and the opponents have to play there, and that’s it,” said the former Everton boss. “For the players, the hardest part is playing without fans. ”

Koeman added: “It’s derogatory for a big club like Madrid (to say it’s a training ground). They chose when to renovate their stadium and they chose well. “

Koeman’s latest remark refers to the timing Real Madrid chose for the Santiago Bernabeu redevelopment, which coincided with the coronavirus pandemic when fans are unable to attend matches.

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