Madrid works to replace Bernabeu playing field
Real Madrid began replacing its Santiago Bernabeu stadium field on Wednesday, a playing surface coach Jose Mourinho described as a "potato field."
Workers were tearing up the grass a day after Madrid beat Espanyol 3-0 to have it ready in time for an Oct. 3 league match against Deportivo La Coruna.
Madrid said the field, parts of which was covered in dry blotches, had been affected by three different types of fungus, and that the new surface had arrived from Slovakia. The change will take 30 hours to complete.
Mourinho said "it's hard to play on a potato field" after Tuesday's win, when Madrid failed to find its best form despite the victory.