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Terry joins Chelsea fans as they flock to Portugal for Champions League final


John Terry has jetted to Portugal ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League final with Manchester City in Porto.

The Blues legend, now assistant to Dean Smith at Aston Villa, is the only Chelsea skipper to lift the European Cup aloft.

He missed the final in 2012 due to suspension but was an integral figure for years and will now offer his support from the stands.

The Estadio do Dragao will be the venue for the showpiece event after UEFA moved it away from Istanbul for the second straight year.

Last term it was Lisbon who hosted the final and Portugal are again the location for Europe’s showpiece event.

Travel restrictions in Turkey, where certain cities are in lockdown, made it almost impossible for the Atatürk Olympic Stadium to host the final.



John Terry has made his way to Portugal
John Terry has made his way to Portugal

Portugal found themselves on the UK’s green list meaning fans could travel over.

The fact the two teams both came from the same country also made the logistics far less challenging.

“Fans have had to suffer more than twelve months without the ability to see their teams live and reaching a Champions League final is the pinnacle of club football,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

“To deprive those supporters of the chance to see the match in person was not an option and I am delighted that this compromise has been found.”

Roughly 16,500 fans will be allowed to attend the Champions League final following UEFA’s decision to move the game to Portugal.



The Estadio do Dragao will host the final
The Estadio do Dragao will host the final

Man City and Chelsea both received an allocation of 6,000 tickets each, with the general public also free to purchase tickets.

The build up to the game has been slightly overshadowed by fan violence in Porto however.

As police watched staff close pubs and bars throughout the city they became involved in angry confrontations with supporters.

Many were unaware that there was a strict 10.30pm drinking curfew to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Video footage captured on a phone and posted online showed the supporters fighting before police stepped in to break it up.



Police has been needed to control fans in Porto
Police have been needed to control fans in Porto

Thomas Tuchel fell narrowly short in the Champions League final last term when in charge of PSG.

The Parisians lost to Bayern Munich at the Estadio Da Luz and Tuchel will be aiming to go one better with Chelsea.

They have seen off Atletico Madrid, Porto and Real Madrid to make the final whilst City got the better of Borussia Monchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund and PSG.

Pep Guardiola’s last European triumph came a decade ago when he was in charge of Barcelona.

Since then he has been unable to scale the summit but his City side go into the contest as firm favourites.



Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City speaks during a Press Conference prior to the Manchester City FC Press Conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City FC and Chelsea FC at Estadio do Dragao on May 28, 2021 in Porto, Portugal.
Pep Guardiola won the Champions League twice as Barcelona boss

Having captured the Premier League and Carabao Cup momentum is with the Manchester side and star man Kevin De Bruyne knows how they will be judged.

“We as players understand the magnitude of the game,” he said.

“If you win you’re a hero and if you lose you’re almost a failure even if you’re not a failure because getting to this stage is incredibly well done by the team and an individual.

“But if you don’t win it, yeah, it will be something you don’t really want to experience but it happens.”





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