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Why Liverpool will have a better dressing room than Spurs for the Champions League final in Madrid

By CJ Smith

Published: 17:02, 13 May 2019 | Updated: 16:52, 14 September 2021

Liverpool are set to use the stunning home dressing room at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for the Champions League final against Spurs, despite being designated as the away team.

The Reds sealed their place in the Madrid showdown with an almost improbable 4-0 win over Barcelona at Anfield last week, having trailed 3-0 from the first leg.

Why are Liverpool in the home dressing room? Five things to know…

  1. Liverpool will face Spurs in an all-English Champions League final on June 1.
  2. Both sides pulled off remarkable comeback wins against Barca and Ajax, respectively, in the semi-finals.
  3. Spurs have been nominated as the home team but must now use the away dressing room.
  4. Liverpool supporters have been allocated tickets in the south stand of the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
  5. Stadium manager, Fernando Fariza, says the arrival location of the fans means the dressing room switch has to be made in the interest of player safety.

Spurs, meanwhile, pulled off a similar feat, coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 on aggregate after a Lucas Moura hat-trick in Amsterdam.

But due to security reasons, with Reds fans having their tickets in the south stand, Liverpool will be stationed in the luxurious home dressing room.

“Before we took our decision, we made an evaluation between the away fans, the Spanish police and the city of Madrid,” Wanda Metropolitano Stadium manager Fernando Fariza told Sky Sports.

“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.”

Despite the match having a capacity of 63,000, fans of Liverpool and Spurs supporters have been given an allocation of just 16,613 tickets each.