Real Madrid played against Liverpool, in the quarterfinals of the Champions League in an alternate field to the Santiago Bernabéu, for which they received criticism, a situation that Jorge Valdano came out to defend
Jorge Valdano, former general manager and former manager of Real Madrid, responded to criticism from Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager, for playing at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final. The Argentine did not hesitate to minimize Anfield, home of the Reds, when the remodeling of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium was completed.
“Madrid has taken the opportunity to make a 21st century field and, when the field is finished, the one that will look like a training field will be Anfield in comparative terms. You have to adapt to the times, “said the South American.
He even added that the team from the Spanish capital does not play in the Di Stéfano stadium to obtain any sporting advantage, since since last season, Zinedine Zidane’s team has played in Valdebebas, home of its training facilities.
“What must be taken into account is that Real Madrid does not play in Valdebebas to gain competitive advantage. The Bernabéu, even empty, is an imposing stadium that somehow influences the opponents, shrinks the opponents. Therefore, Madrid he loses more than what he gains in sport with the change of scenery, “he said.
What’s more, Valdano acknowledged the statements of Ronald Koeman, Barcelona’s technical director, who did not agree with Klopp’s idea and assured that the important thing is the state of the lawn and not the size of the property.. “I think Koeman is very well done. Sometimes these things are not said because it seems that he defends his lifelong rival, but when things have common sense, you do not strengthen the rival, but rather put things in their proper place and magnify whoever says it, “said Valdano.
Before the game between Real Madrid and Liverpool, the English team’s strategist expressed his displeasure at playing in one of the Iberian team’s multiple training camps. “This is a training ground. It’s as if we were going to play against United and we were doing it in their training camp. “, He said.
In addition, after the game and the defeat, Klopp again criticized Di Stéfano and assured that “Anfield is a real stadium”.