Real Madrid beat RB Leipzig 2-0 in their second Champions League group match on Wednesday night, however the game was blemished by the poor state of the new Estadio Santiago Bernabeu pitch.
It was also an issue in Real Madrid‘s last LaLiga Santander match against Real Mallorca and was visibly in poor condition.
“The state of the pitch doesn’t help us to play our game,” Thibaut Courtois admitted on Movistar at the end of the game.
Mario Suarez’s criticism
During the Real Madrid vs RB Leipzig game, Rayo Vallecano player Mario Suarez even commented on the poor quality grass, pointing to the fact that his team’s pitch is regularly blasted.
“We’re not complaining about the Bernabeu pitch, then, are we?” he tweeted.
Why was the Bernabeu pitch in bad condition vs RB Leipzig?
Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid‘s director of institutional relations, offered a take as to why the pitch was in such a poor state at the Bernabeu.
“The grass has come from Extremadura and there the temperatures were very high and it has been difficult for it to acclimatise, but in the coming weeks it will improve,” he said on Movistar.
Jose Felix Diaz had already reported in MARCA that the new turf, which was used for the first time in the match against Real Betis on Saturday, September 3, had been damaged by the extreme heat in the final days of August in the Extremadura plantation.
It was sown badly and the consequences are plain to see, but the expectation is that it will improve.
Therefore, there are no plans to rip it up and start again, as the club are calm about the situation.
The future of the Bernabeu
Real Madrid‘s ground staff have a tough job at the moment, as they’re working on what is a building site in between matches.
When the new stadium is completed, there will be a mechanism that allows the pitch to be stored away underground.
For now, the focus is on repairing the grass as much as possible in time for the next home game, which isn’t until October 2, when Osasuna come to town.
The Clasico is coming up too, with Barcelona coming to the capital on the weekend of October 16.