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Champions League final approaches with so many distractions
Saturday’s Champions League final should be the only show in town but the build-up to the game in Madrid is offering a host of distractions.
The beautiful Spanish weather could easily lull a Bayern Munich or Inter Milan fan into thinking they had just popped over for a holiday…that is until they look at the news stands.
All anyone wants to talk about is whether Inter coach Jose Mourinho will quit for Real Madrid after the match, where incidentally both sides are gunning for trebles.
The fact the game is being played in the Bernabeu and Mourinho’s squad are practising at Real’s training ground just adds to the drama that seems to follow the Portuguese wherever he goes.
But it’s not just Mourinho’s future that is interesting people in Madrid. Bayern winger Franck Ribery is suspended for the final but media reports say he will jet into the Spanish capital anyway on Saturday to sign for….Bayern.
The Frenchman has been linked with Real and Barcelona but could be poised to stay in Germany.
Players actually due to take part in the match are also in focus, but mainly those who used to play for Real. How will Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and the rest fare on their return to the grand old Bernabeu?
The experience of a Champions League final is very new to most Inter fans given the Nerrazzurri have not been in one since 1972.
Travelling Italian fans are very different from English and German supporters. They prefer to sneak in a museum visit rather than congregate in bars in their replica shirts.
But they will certainly be up for kickoff for the first ever Champions League final on a Saturday and you can follow all the action here on our live blog.