Zidane bites back at Klopp’s stadium jibe


Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has hit back at Jurgen Klopp’s criticism of Real Madrid’s Alfredo di Stefano stadium after the Liverpool coach called it a training ground compared to a proper stadium like Anfield.

Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in their Champions League quarterfinal first leg at the 6,000 capacity venue on Tuesday night.

“We’ve obviously got used to empty stadiums but this is completely different,” Klopp had said pre-match.

“This is a training ground… It’s very different to anything else we’ve experienced.”

Zidane was firm on the ground when asked about it in a post match news conference.

“This is our stadium,” he said. “We play here, and we’re proud to play here at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano,” said Zidane.

Real Madrid have been playing at the Di Stefano, which forms a part of the Real Madrid City training complex on the outskirts of the Spanish capital and is usually home to their B-team Castilla, since June last year, when La Liga returned from a three-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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