Zidane's Response After Beating Liverpool In Champions League Quarter Final First Leg

Liverpool were beaten 3-1 at Madrid's Di Stefano training stadium in the Champions League on Tuesday night.


Zinedine Zidane says Liverpool will "leave all they have on the pitch" when they host Real Madrid at Anfield next week.


The Reds were beaten 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in the Spanish capital on Tuesday night to leave themselves with it all to do in the return game on April 14.


Mohamed Salah fired in what could yet be a vital away goal, but a brace from Vinicius Junior, either side of a goal from Marco Asensio, leaves the 2019 Champions League winners needing another big performance at Anfield in the European Cup.


Zidane, who was Madrid coach when they beat Liverpool 3-1 in the 2018 Champions League final, says the Reds will give their all to secure another famous turnaround at home.


Zidane said as quoted by Sports Central: "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.


He added: "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. "These two sides are quite offensive and we knew we could hurt them from that aspect, so we prepared properly.


He concluded: "What we did quite well was defend properly with the three in the middle and we know if we defend properly we will get chances in the attack and that is what happened. "The first goal was quite beautiful with a wonderful pass from Toni [Kroos].


Zidane also sidestepped a question around a perceived lack of respect from Jurgen Klopp about the second leg being played at Anfield.


Tuesday's game was played at Madrid's 6,000-seat Di Stefano Stadium, inside their Valdebebas training base, rather than their famous Santiago Bernabeu home.


After the game, Klopp said: "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."


Zidane, though, was unmoved with Klopp's comments, saying: "I don't have an opinion about what Jurgen says, we are proud to play in this stadium."

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