Zidane Zidane returned to Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss lamented Real Madrid’s decision to host the Champions League quarter-final at their modest 6,000-capacity training stadium.
Madrid played throughout the pandemic at their Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas due to ongoing development work on the famous Santiago Bernabeu, but Klopp was always an exception after the game.
After the 3-1 defeat, Klopp noted that Liverpool would at least host the second leg in a ‘suitable stadium’, but Zidane now has his say and insists he has no opinion on what to think his counterpart.
Zidane Zidane returned to Jurgen Klopp after commenting on Madrid’s training stadium
The Reds fell to a 3-1 Champions League loss to Alfredo Di Stefano on Tuesday night
Klopp had told reporters in his post-match press conference: “It was strange tonight because it was really difficult with the stadium (at the Madrid training ground) but Anfield is at least a stadium appropriate and it will be good for us.
“It must be a really tricky task for Real Madrid at Anfield,” Klopp added.
Asked about Klopp’s comments, Zidane simply told reporters in Spain after the final whistle: “I don’t have an opinion on what Jurgen is saying, we are proud to play at this stadium.
“Liverpool are the opponent and we know they are going to leave everything they have on the pitch, I have no doubts about that.
Zidane defended the small Valdebebas pitch in Madrid and insisted his men are proud to play there
“Anfield is at least a suitable stadium and it will be good for us,” Klopp said of the second leg
“We just have to be ready and it will be a very good second leg. We will have to do the same in the second leg. “
The French added: “We are satisfied with the result but we did not win anything.
“We are happy with the performance and what the players have done is huge after a lot of difficulties during our season. “
Liverpool are in good shape to correct deficits against their Spanish opponents, having needed four goals to overtake Barcelona in the 2019 semi-finals.
The Reds were beaten 3-0 at Camp Nou thanks to a sublime performance from Lionel Messi, although they managed to secure a 4-0 reverse victory at Anfield despite the absence of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
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Much of that victory was due to the roaring atmosphere of Anfield, which will be absent next week as Madrid lock Klopp’s men once again.
The winners of the meeting will face Chelsea or Porto in the semi-final.
Chelsea are currently in the lead, having recorded a crucial 2-0 victory in Portugal on Wednesday night, with goals thanks to Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell.