Liverpool and Tottenham have had to swap changing rooms for the Champions League final


For only the second time in the competition's history, the Champions League final will be contested by two English teams. 

Liverpool and Tottenham both overturned three-goal deficits in the semi-finals to ensure they'd be in Madrid on June 1. 

It seemed unlikely, but there was always a possibility that the two sides would meet ever since the draw for the quarter-finals was made on March 15. 

On that date, the last eight were informed of their paths to the final. It was decided that the winners of the semi-final which was ultimately contested by Ajax and Spurs would be nominated as the 'home' team in the final.

Of course, neither team will actually be at home, as the showpiece will be hosted at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano. 

It's important to decide who the 'home' team is nonetheless, because it dictates details like which dressing room they'll be given and what kit they can wear if there's a clash. 

In theory, Tottenham are the home team, but stadium manager Fernado Fariza has told Sky Sports News that they have had to swap dressing rooms. 

That's because the 16,613 Spurs fans will be in the north end of the stadium where the away dressing room is situated. 

It's only a minor detail, although like in most modern stadia, the home dressing room is much nicer than the one afforded to the visiting team. 


As you can see from the photo above, Atletico's new ground has ensured the Rojiblancos have plenty of space and comfort ahead of kick-off. 

And this is the away changing room: 


"Before we took our decision, we made an evaluation between the fans, the Spanish police and the city of Madrid," Fariza said. 

"We took into account the number of fans of both of the finalists, 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."

You get the feeling Mauricio Pochettino's side are so thrilled to be there after Lucas Moura's extraordinary hat-trick right at the death in Amsterdam, they're probably not all that fussed.

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