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Jurgen Klopp has apologised to Real Madrid for criticising Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, claiming the furore over his comments have become “a real joke”.
This came after the Reds boss described the Spanish side’s stadium as a “training pitch” and said that the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Anfield would be played at a “proper stadium”.
“People have made so much noise about that thing,” Klopp told RMC Sport.
“I didn’t want to be disrespectful.
“If they think that [Di Stefano] is the stadium they want to play at, that’s completely fine for me.
“They play there the whole season. I know the situation and that they are renovating [the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu] or I don’t know what exactly they do.
“That’s all fine. But making a story out of what I said is a real joke to be honest.
“If somebody thought I was disrespectful, I am sorry. That was not my intention.”