Monday, June 27

Villarreal star labels Anfield ‘worst stadium’ and says ‘you live in hell’

Villarreal star Etienne Capoue has labelled Anfield the “worst stadium” and says you “live in hell” ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final clash with Liverpool.

Capoue, who played for Tottenham and Watford, has never been too fond of his trips to Merseyside during his eight years in England.

He was the end of two 5-0 defeats in 2018 and 2019 for Watford, while he played the full 90 minutes in a 6-1 reverse in 2016. He was also on the end of a 3-0 defeat playing for Spurs at Anfield in 2014.

The 33-year-old defensive midfielder has been an ever present for the Yellow Submarine in the Champions League this season. And he looks set to anchor a midfield on Wednesday, which will include Spurs loanee Giovani Lo Celso.

“Anfield is hell, you have to say it how it is. It’s hell,” he told AFP, via Yahoo.

“It’s the worst stadium I’ve been to in England. Whether it’s the atmosphere, the way they play. For 90 minutes, you live in hell.

“They have this ability to transcend themselves, to cause you nothing but problems, all the time, in any part of the field.

‘They never stop, they rush you all the time, they only want to score goals, and even when they score, they carry on. They want to knock you out.

“They don’t care what or who is in front of them. They just want to kill everyone and that’s it.”


Villarreal have knocked out some big boys en-route to the last four under Unai Emery.

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Capoue: We have nothing to lose

Juventus and Bayern Munich have both been eliminated and Capoue says they have “nothing to lose” against Liverpool.

“Winning the Champions League? We never had the audacity to say we could win the Champions League,” added Capoue.

“We’re the smallest club in the semi-finals, we were the smallest club in the quarter-finals. We’re just making our merry way. And we have nothing to lose.

“We’re in the semis which shows we weren’t afraid of Juventus or Bayern. We don’t care, we know we’re underdogs.

“We’re not a big team but we’re a solid team, playing for the love of football, that wants to enjoy this moment. Because what we’re experiencing is incredible.

“Nobody will say we’re favourites because we’re not. Who are the other teams? What else can we say about them?

“It’s not offending anyone to say there are 50,000 people here [in the city of Villarreal] and in their stadiums alone, they have 70,000 seats. We don’t mind, it’s the truth.”

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