The Real Madrid the long-awaited ticket for the Champions League final will be played in Stamford Bridge, a historic stadium in which you have not yet played a game. The white set will debut on the Chelsea pitch forced to win or tie with two goals or more to qualify for the match decided by the champion of the highest continental competition. The absence of the public due to the coronavirus will mark the first merengue visit to the ‘blue’ coliseum.
Stamford Bridge will be the last stadium of the teams that make up the ‘Big Six’ of England that will host Real Madrid. The first to do so was Old Trafford. On April 25, 1957, the merengue team tied at the Theater of Dreams (2-2) and qualified for the final of the European Cup thanks to the result of the first leg in the Spanish capital (3-1). That season, the Whites won the top European trophy for the second time.
Madrid also had a sweet debut in the antiguo White Hart Lane. On March 6, 1985, he beat Tottenham thanks to an own goal by Steve Perryman (0-1) and qualified for the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. In the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the new home of the London club (opened in 2019), the merengues have not yet disputed any commitments.
The fateful ‘squirt’ at Anfield
Nor have they played in the Emirates Stadium. In the home of Arsenal they were released, precisely, during the last season of ‘life’ of Highbury: on March 8, 2006, in a duel corresponding to the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, the ‘gunners’ and madridistas tied at zero. The result granted the classification to the first ones by the 0-1 of the first leg with so much of Thierry Henry. The orejona of that course ended up in the showcases of FC Barcelona.
Madrid do not have good memories of their last two debuts in the great stadiums of England. Especially from the tie remembered for Liverpool’s famous ‘trickle’ at Anfield (4-0). Torres, Gerrard (2) and Dossena scored the goals of a night in March 2009 that no merengue will forget. Three years later, on November 21, 2012, the meringues visited the Etihad Stadum and they couldn’t get past the draw against Manchester City (1-1). That result eliminated the ‘citizens’ from the Campiones League in a group stage that Mourinho’s, who that day played his 100th game on the Spanish bench, surpassed in second position.