For the second time only in the history of the competition, the final of the Champions League will be played by two English teams.
Liverpool and Tottenham both cancelled the three-goal deficit in the semifinals to make sure they were in Madrid on June 1st.
It seemed unlikely, but it was still possible for both sides to meet since the draw for the quarter-finals on March 15th.
By this date, the last eight have been informed of their journey towards the final. It was decided that the winners of the semifinal, which was finally contested by Ajax and the Spurs, would be named as a “local” team in the final. Fans have got their tickets for the Champions League final.
Of course, neither team will actually be home, as the centrepiece will be presented at Wanda Metropolitano of Atletico Madrid.
It is important to decide who the “local” team is, as this determines details such as the cloakroom that will be given to them and the kit they can wear in case of conflict.
In theory, Tottenham is the home team, but the stadium manager, Fernado Fariza, told Sky Sports News that they had to exchange locker rooms.
Indeed, the 16,613 spectators of Spurs will be in the northern part of the stadium, where is the cloakroom outside.
This is a minor detail, although, as in most modern stadiums, the locker room at home is much nicer than the one offered to the visiting team.
As you can see in the photo above, the new Atletico pitch has given the Rojiblancos plenty of space and comfort before kick-off.
And here is the away changing room:
“Before making our decision, we carried out an assessment between the supporters, the Spanish police and the city of Madrid,” Fariza said.
“We took into account the number of fans of the two finalists, metro lines and fans meeting points in the city.
“Taking all these issues into account, the final decision was that Liverpool fans get to the south stand and have all their tickets in the south stand.
“On the other hand, Tottenham fans will arrive at the North Stand and they will have all their tickets in the North Stand.”
It seems like Mauricio Pochettino’s team is so thrilled to be here after Lucas Moura’s amazing hat trick just after Amsterdam’s death, they’re probably not that excited.