After the setback that led to the 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium, Jürgen Klopp, coach of the ‘reds’, came after the final whistle to recriminate the referee, his compatriot Felix Brych. What most put him in his face was that, in his opinion, before Real Madrid’s second goal, the work of Marco Asensio, Lucas Vázquez fouled Sadio Mané.
Klopp already told the media about the referee that “I don’t know if he had something personal against me, I told him, it was not fair.” But the German coach focused his anger on the play of Lucas Vázquez and the Senegalese winger of the ‘red’ team.
“I didn’t understand what the referee did about Sadio. For me, there was something personal. He dealt with the foul on Sadio as if he had dropped to the ground. And that’s how it was ever since every time he was shot down. I told the referee after the game that it wasn’t fair to Sadio. Obviously the referee didn’t make us lose the game. But an OK referee would have been good ”.