Klopp quizzed over Zidane’s supposed ‘lack of tactics’

Matt Stead

Jurgen Klopp believes that Zinedine Zidane is as “brilliant” a manager as he was a player.

Klopp faces Zidane in the final of the Champions League on Saturday, hoping to hand the Frenchman his first knockout defeat in the tournament as a coach.

Zidane was appointed Real manager in January 2016 and won the Champions League both that summer and last year.

He is on the brink of completing a historic threepeat, yet some still question his credentials.

Klopp is in no doubt as to how good Zidane is as a coach.

“If people think Zidane has no tactical knowledge – because people think the same about me – it would be really funny if two managers in the final had no clue about tactics,” he quipped. “What would that say about the game?

“Zinedine is one of the best footballers of all-time. In the same time I’m manager of Liverpool, he can win the Champions League for a third time. I have to expect that he’s brilliant, like he was as a player.

“This group of players work with him like a clock from Switzerland. That’s how it is. I’ve seen his team playing together a lot of times and it’s fantastic football.

“It’s organised when it needs to be organised and chaos when it needs to be chaos, but it’s football and there’s an opportunity for the other team. That’s enough for me.”


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