Madrid Press: Los Blancos step up Champions League preparations

Madrid Press: Los Blancos step up Champions League preparations


The front pages of the sports papers in Spain are dominated by Sevilla’s success in the Europea League final last night, defeating Benfica 4-2 on penalties to win the competition for the third time in the last nine years.

But there is still plenty of news about Real Madrid on the inside pages as the Champions League final moves ever closer.

Marca revealed detailed plans of how fans can best enjoy Lisbon when they travel there on May 24. The city will have two different fan zones, one for each club, with Los Blancos occupying the area including Plaza Rossio and Plaza dos Restauradores. The hotel where the players will stay is just 1.2kms from the fan zone – the Tivoli – one of the most luxurious hotels in the city.

Gareth Bale has been talking about the chance of winning La Decima for Real Madrid. At a promotional event, the Welshman said it is not just a dream for the fans, but for the players and staff too, and they will all be giving 100% to bring the trophy back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

In good news for Madridistas, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema trained normally yesterday, suggesting they will both be fine for the final game of the season against Espanyol and the big match itself a week later.