Zidane hits back at Klopp comments

UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has responded to Jurgen Klopp's apparent criticism of the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium.

Zidane's reigning LaLiga champions took an early advantage over Klopp's Premier League titlists, Liverpool, on Tuesday after claiming a comprehensive 3-1 victory in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie.

With Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu Stadium currently undergoing renovations, the match was played at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium, which is the facility ordinarily used for Los Blancos' reserve team fixtures.

Klopp appeared to take issue with the venue following the match and revealed that he was looking forward to playing at Liverpool's famed Anfield arena in the second leg.

"This here tonight was really strange because it was a difficult situation in the stadium, but Anfield is at least a proper stadium and that will be good for us..." Klopp said, per the Mirror.

Scroll through the gallery below to see more images on the planned renovations to the Santiago Bernabeu

Real have played all of their home matches at the ground since last year and Zidane was quick to dismiss his counterpart's comments, stressing that he and his team had no issue playing at the venue which is named after one of the club's greatest players.

"I don't have an opinion about what Jurgen says, we are proud to play in this stadium," The Frenchman said, before addressing his side's prospects for the second leg.

"Liverpool is the opponent and we know they are going to leave all they have on the pitch, I have no question about that. We just need to be ready and it is going to be a very good second leg match. We will need to do the same thing in the second leg.

"We are happy with the result but we have won nothing. We are happy with the performance and what the players have done is huge after a lot of difficulties in our season.

"There is a long road ahead and we are alive. Today is the first leg but we'll know we'll have a second leg and our idea is to think that we go into that and the result will be 0-0. For us, we are happy but we have another complicated game for the second leg..."

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