Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has predicted a "tough and intense" draw against Atletico Madrid. in the 16th round of the Champions League. The draw held on Monday in Nyon (Switzerland) was capricious with fate. The & # 39; reds & # 39; will play the first leg of this round at the stadium where the champions of the last edition of the maximum contention tournament, Wanda Metropolitano, were proclaimed against Tottenham.
"It's an interesting draw. Before celebrating, I thought about playing Madrid – one of two clubs – and that's how it happens. Madrid is a place where we only have fantastic memories. It's great, but this time we play against Atlético and it's their field, "Klopp told Liverpool media at the Doha concentration hotel, where he awaits the World Cup semi-final match against Mexican Rayados de Monterrey, who It will be played on Wednesday.
The German has indicated that it will be "difficult", but "if you look at pairs, there are about four or five potential finals in the eighth. Really good draw, tough as planned. I don't think Simeone is walking around the house, too, happy to face Liverpool. "
It is clear to Klopp that it will be a "tough match between two teams used to intense football, with different styles and a somewhat different organization, but both prepared for intensity, which makes it both difficult."
Upon returning to the Metropolitan, the Liverpool coach insisted he would be special and joked: "I think we wear the local clothes in the final. Maybe we can ask if we can wear them again. It was very good." It was full of Liverpool posters, but I think they got rid of them. "
"It's fantastic. What can I say? I spent one of the best nights of my life at that stadium, but this time, first and foremost, we have to go to work and do our best. So they have to come to Anfield, which is also a very nice place, "he added.