Madrid officials are ‘on high alert’ with Chelsea and Man City fans creating a ‘double danger’ for police ahead of Champions League clashes against Real and Atletico this week – the Metro and the Square main to be reinforced by “enhanced” security
- Madrid police will be ‘on high alert’ this week as Chelsea and Man City fans arrive
- The Blues face Real Madrid in the Champions League while City take on Atletico
- The presence of the two supporters created a ‘double danger’ for city officials
Madrid police will be ‘on high alert’ this week as they prepare for the ‘double danger’ of two England fanbases arriving at Chelsea and Manchester City.
Both teams will play in the Spanish capital in the same way for their Champions League clashes against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid respectively – and officials will have to pay ‘special attention’ with two batches of English-based fans descending on the city, asserts Brand.
In the quarter-finals, Chelsea take on Madrid on Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabeu, while Manchester City travel across town the next day to take on rivals Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Adolfo Suarez Airport will be an area of interest for police as Chelsea fans may be flying in from London earlier this week – but may come across Manchester City fans arriving in Madrid early for their game.
The Plaza Mayor is another ‘hot’ area for police to monitor, the report adds, saying it will be the most ‘tricky’ spot in the city with supporters likely to congregate during the day to soak up the the atmosphere.
Police will maintain a heavy presence there given the area was ‘overrun’ by Manchester United fans last month when the Red Devils were beaten by Atletico in their Champions League Round of 16.
Madrid chiefs are on high alert ahead of Chelsea (L) and Man City (R) fans arriving in the city this week for Champions League matches
Police will keep a close eye on fans – particularly in the Plaza Mayor where many will gather to soak up the atmosphere ahead of their matches
Chelsea fans will travel to see their team play against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Tuesday
Meanwhile, Manchester City will cross the city for their game against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
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Meanwhile, mounted police will be on guard in the area surrounding the Bernabeu and Wanda Metropolitano stadiums on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Officials are also aware that City fans might travel to visit the Bernabeu given its iconic status in the world of football.
It won’t be the first time that Madrid chefs have had to plan for the arrival of two English fanbases.
In 2019, Liverpool and Tottenham fans descended on the city for the Champions League final – with around 70,000 ticket holders arriving for Europe’s showpiece event.
However, it is estimated that there were actually around 100,000 fans in the city, as many arrived without tickets.
Chiefs are aware of the ‘double danger’ of two England fanbases with their two games just 24 hours apart
Chelsea and Manchester City fans have faced each other before when their sides played in the Champions League final last season at the Estadio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal.
Chelsea won that final 1-0 to become European champions for the second time. If the two teams had their quarter-finals against Real and Atletico, they would face each other in the semi-finals.
However, Chelsea face a tough task after losing their first leg 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
City, on the other hand, are in a good position after winning their home game 1-0.
Madrid was the scene where 100,000 Liverpool and Tottenham fans arrived for the 2019 Champions League final