As the majority of football fans across Europe will know, Tottenham take on Liverpool in the Champions League final on June 1 in Madrid.
Not only will it be an all-Premier-League affair, but it will also be a battle of the comeback kings, as both sides recovered a 3-0 deficit in the semi-finals to qualify for a spot in Madrid.
Liverpool lost 3-0 away to Barcelone, but followed up with a 4-0 home win, while Spurs scored three second-half goals in Amsterdam to overturn a 3-0 aggregate scoreline.
Each club was only given just over 16,000 tickets for the final (Mirror), but you can count on thousands of supporters flocking to Spain without tickets to soak up the atmosphere and support their team (Daily Mail).
The President of the Madrid-based supporters club, Jackie Willcox, claims people are backing Liverpool because they dumped Barcelona out of the competition, as well as Liverpool being a better-known club in the area.
She said: “Last year we had a load of Atletico Madrid fans telling us that they were supporting us in the final against Real Madrid.
“This year, we have both sets of fans from the big two Madrid sides backing us!
“They are absolutely supporting Liverpool in the final. We’d rather they supported us because of what we are as a club and the style of football we play, but people are willing us on because of us having beaten Barcelona.
“No disrespect to Spurs, but they haven’t had a lot of experience at this level. Fans in Madrid don’t know as much about Spurs as they do Liverpool, we have recent history. A lot of people want us to win.
“Getting to the final last year after so long without one was very exciting, but for it to then be in your home city is beyond exciting.
“When you are walking around the city and seeing the signs about Liverpool, it makes us feel proud and a lot closer to the game than any other final.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
This sounds like an unlikely theory to me. I can understand why Madrid fans would have been celebrating Liverpool beating Barcelona, but I’m not sure why they would then be praying for the Reds to lift the trophy. I’m sure that the neutrals inside the stadium will be wanting a great game of football, and there will be plenty of noise from the Tottenham end.
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