Madrid Press: Lisbon set for Spanish invasion

Madrid Press: Lisbon set for Spanish invasion


It’s all quiet in Lisbon at the moment as ground staff get the Estadio da Luz ready for the Champions League final on Saturday – but there will be an invasion soon.

Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid have been given a 17,000 ticket allocation for the big game, but it is expected that on top of the 34,000 fans going to the ground itself, around 100,000 more people will travel to Portugal to soak up the atmosphere and try to get their hands on a ticket however possible.

Both Marca and AS are providing plenty of updates about the fitness of the players, given than both teams have a number of injury concerns ahead of the game. For Atletico, it looks very unlikely that Diego Costa will play, although he hasn’t been ruled out yet. Arda Turan, who left Now Camp pitch in tears on Saturday has a better chance to make it.

For Madrid, the main worry is Karim Benzema. But yesterday after training Carlo Ancelotti gave an update in which he said he expects to be able to pick his BBC front three – Bale. Benzema and Cristiano.

Elsewhere, Iker Casillas turns 33 today and will be looking to end the week on a high in Lisbon.

And finally, Los Blancos will come up against a familiar face when they take on Barcelona next season, with the Catalans having appointed Luis Enrique as their new manager for the next two years.


  1. I am very happy real madrid is playing in the final! I wish them the best! I know they will b celebriting the trophy! Good luck real madrid!