Capoue didn’t know where Villarreal was when he joined and calls Anfield ‘hell’

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ETIENNE CAPOUE had no idea where Villarreal was when he joined the LaLiga outfit.

But the 33-year-old admitted he was sold on the move once he heard about the warm weather in the Spanish region near Valencia.

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Etienne Capoue has admitted that he had no clue where Villarreal was when joining the Spanish outfitCredit: Getty
And he revealed that the region's warm weather was the reason he decided to join the club

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And he revealed that the region’s warm weather was the reason he decided to join the clubCredit: AFP
The ex-Watford star returns to England to face Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday night

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The ex-Watford star returns to England to face Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday nightCredit: Getty
But the defensive midfielder isn't looking forward to playing at Anfield which he describes as a "living hell"

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But the defensive midfielder isn’t looking forward to playing at Anfield which he describes as a “living hell”Credit: Reuters

The defensive midfielder joined the Yellow Submariners in 2020 on a two-and-a-half-year contract from Watford.

Speaking on his transfer to Unai Emery’s side, the Frech native explained to AFP, via Yahoo Sports: “I said ‘Where is Villarreal?

“I was told it was in the sun, just there, next to Valencia. So I said ‘alright, let’s go’.”

Capoue returns to England with Villarreal to face Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday night.

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But he admitted that he’s not looking forward to playing at Anfield which he describes as “LIVING HELL.”

The midfielder has played at the Reds’ fortress many times during his stints at Tottenham and Watford.

And he insists that the Merseyside cauldron is the worst ground to play at in the country.

He added: “Anfield is hell, you have to say it how it is. It’s hell.

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“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.”

Capoue and Co have been on an emphatic run in the elite European competition this season – and sensationally knocked out German giants Bayern Munich in the last round.

But Capoue’s aware that his team are underdogs who no-one expects will beat Jurgen Klopp‘s side – or win the Champions League.

He continued: ” We don’t care, we know we’re underdogs.

“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 and in their stadiums alone, they have 70,000 seats. We don’t mind, it’s the truth.

And on winning the prestigious prize, Capoue scoffed: “Winning the Champions League?

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“We never had the audacity to say we could win the Champions League.

“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.”



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