08 Apr Zidane bites again at Klopp’s stadium jibe after Actual Madrid’s CL pleasure over Liverpool
Zinedine Zidane has hit again at Jurgen Klopp’s criticism of Actual Madrid’s Alfredo di Stefano stadium after the Liverpool coach known as it “a coaching floor” in comparison with “a correct stadium” like Anfield.
Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 of their Champions League quarterfinal first leg on the 6,000 capability venue on Tuesday evening, with Vinicius Junior scoring twice.
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“We have clearly obtained used to empty stadiums however that is fully totally different,” Klopp had said pre-match. “It is a coaching floor… It’s extremely totally different to the rest we have skilled.”
Zidane was agency on the bottom when requested about it in a postmatch information convention.
“That is our stadium,” he stated. “We play right here, and we’re proud to play right here on the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano.”
Actual Madrid have been enjoying on the Di Stefano — which varieties part of the Actual Madrid Metropolis coaching advanced on the outskirts of the Spanish capital and is normally residence to their B-team Castilla — since June final 12 months, when La Liga returned from a three-month break as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Their final match at their typical residence, the Bernabeu, was a 2-0 El Clasico win over Barcelona on March 1 2020.
The Bernabeu is present process main, €500 million redevelopment work — together with a roof and a retractable pitch — which is not anticipated to be absolutely accomplished till the 2022-23 season.
In line with the membership, the scale of the pitch and high quality of the enjoying floor on the Alfredo di Stefano are equivalent to these on the Bernabeu.
“It should be a extremely tough activity for Actual Madrid at Anfield, with or with out supporters,” Klopp stated, talking after the 3-1 defeat. “This right here tonight was actually unusual, it was actually tough, a unique scenario with the stadium. Anfield is no less than a correct stadium and that will probably be good for us.”
Madrid journey to Anfield subsequent Wednesday for the return leg, after going through Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday.
The membership have solely ever performed Liverpool twice at Anfield.
They have been thrashed 4-Zero in March 2009 within the round-of-16, with Steven Gerrard scoring a brace for Rafa Benitez’s team, who progressed 5-0 on mixture.
Within the 2014-15 group stage, although, Madrid have been 3-Zero winners in opposition to Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema on the scoresheet.