Champions League final between two English clubs Tottenham and Liverpool – is going to be held at The Wanda Metropolitano, home to Atletico Madrid, for the first time, just 18 months after its opening.
While the fans are gearing up for all the forth-coming excitement, let’s take a look inside the dressing rooms of the football clubs playing the final.
Although Spurs is officially billed as the home team by UEFA for the June 1 sporting showcase, it will be Liverpool’s players who relish the plush environs of Atlético Madrid’s home ground dressing room, which was revealed during a media preview of the stadium’s facilities on Monday.
The two Premier League giants go head-to-head for Europe’s top crown at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1.
Spurs were drawn to be the ‘home team’ while Liverpool would be ‘away’ for the evening in the Spanish capital. However, due to security reasons, the Reds will be treated to the luxurious, brand-spanking new home facilities, leaving Tottenham with the much smaller dressing room.
Wanda Metropolitano stadium manager Fernando Fariza revealed the reason for the switch.
He told Sky Sports News: “Before we took our decision, we made an evaluation between the away fans, the Spanish police and the city of Madrid. We took into account the number of fans of both of the finalist, the metro lines and the fan meeting points in the city. Taking into account all these issues, the final decision was that Liverpool fans should arrive at the south stand and they will have all their tickets in the south stand. On the other hand, Tottenham supporters will arrive at the north stand and they will have all their tickets in the north stand.”
Tottenham Spur’s away facilities, while still ultra-modern, are somewhat more bland and smaller. But that doesn’t stop the visitors having a good time, with Chelsea snapped partying in the dressing room after a big win over Atleti.
Spurs have been designated as the team occupying the northern end of the ground, meaning the organizers have decided to allocate the London club the away dressing room and bench, located on that side of the stadium.
The home dressing room is wonderfully spacious and will be decorated with club merchandise for the evening. Liverpool’s plusher dressing room, with a shower and treatment area on the scale of a decent-sized public swimming pool, will be pretty much under where Reds fans will be seated around the stadium’s southern end.
As for the seating capacity, the Wanda Metropolitano’s 67,000-seat capacity will be reduced to 63,500 for the Champions League final.