Real Madrid played a substitute for Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool, for which they received criticism, with Jorge Valdano volunteering to defend.
Former Real Madrid manager Jorge Walton has responded to criticism from Liverpool’s technical director Jurgen Klopp for playing at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter – finals. After the redesign of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium was completed, Argentina did not hesitate to reduce the Reds’ home ground, Anfield.
“Madrid has the opportunity to create a 21st century domain, and once the field is complete, one aspect that will look like a training ground will be onfield. You have to adapt to the times, “said the South American.
He also said that the team coming from the Spanish capital will not be playing at the Di Stefano Stadium to take any advantage of the fact that, since last season, Zinedine Zidane’s team has played in Valdez, the home of its training facilities.
“The thing to keep in mind is that Real Madrid do not play on Voltais to take advantage of the competition. Bernabeu, even if it is empty, is a fantastic arena that can somehow affect opponents and shrink opponents. Therefore, Madrid loses more than he lost gains in the game with a change of scenery,” he said.
What else, Valdano agreed with Barcelona’s technical director, Ronald Coman, who disagreed with Klopp’s idea, and assured that the important thing was not the condition of the lawn and the size of the property.. “I think Koman has done very well. Sometimes these things are not said because he seems to be protecting his lifelong competitor, but when you have common sense on things, you do not strengthen the competitor, but rather put things in the right place and exaggerate whoever says it,” Valdano said.
Prior to the match between Real Madrid and Liverpool, the English team’s strategist expressed his displeasure at playing in one of the Iberian team’s many training camps. “This is a training ground. We are going to play against United and we are doing that at their training camp. “, he said.
In addition, after the game and the defeat, Klopp again criticized Di Stefano and promised that “Anfield is a real stadium”.