With just over 24 hours to go until the Champions League final starts, 100,000 football fans have descended to Madrid while they are ready to enjoy the sun and drink the Spanish capital dry for the biggest game of the season .
Liverpool and Tottenham meet in the first fully English final in the tournament for 11 years and 100,000 supporters are expected to arrive in Madrid to watch the action.
The influx has already begun with a carnival atmosphere that builds up nicely while the revelers pour into the country and settle for what promises to be a memorable weekend.
About 100,000 fans from Liverpool and Tottenham arrive in Madrid for the huge final of the Champions League final
With temperatures exceeding 30 degrees, fans saw the sun beat in the restaurants and bars of the city
The Liverpool and Tottenham fans have begun to arrive in Madrid – here you are wearing a Jurgen Klopp mask
Two Liverpool fans display their colors with club brand shirts as they walk through one of the many streets with fans
There was no support for some supporters when two Liverpool fans set off to the sun with a beer in the heart of Madrid
Two Spurs fans pose with the trophy that they hope will be lifted by Mauricio Pochettino & # 39; s side after the game ends
A group of supporters come together for a photo of the beautiful stadium in Madrid that was only opened in 2017
Temperatures hover just over 31 degrees this weekend and those who have arrived embrace the holiday feeling in the hundreds of bars and restaurants in the city.
Masks from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, half-half scarves and specially-made banners were all on display at supporters of Spurs and Liverpool who set up camp in Plaza Mayor, one of the city's major tourist attractions.
Images circulating on social media shows both sets of fans winding songs and songs on the terraces of bars while getting the most out of the sun and sangria.
A series of concerts with some of the biggest DJs and singers in Spain have kept fans busy, but the majority decided to use the most atmospheric bars in the city that did a roaring trade, partly helped by the reasonably priced alcohol from Spain.
Most fans there don't even have tickets for the game. The entry turns out to be so elusive that a Tottenham fan admitted that he was willing to scrap £ 10,000 to watch the action unfold.
The teams have only received a combined allocation of 32,000 despite the stadium's 68,000 capacity, so it's no wonder the Spanish authorities say that most fans arrive without a ticket.
Desperate fans wander through the city center, sip beer and ask passers-by for that golden ticket while others wore t-shirts or signs that said: & # 39; I need a ticket. & # 39;
Tickets turn out to be extremely elusive and Samy Darwish hopes his tailor-made t-shirt can help him find somewhere
Mr Darwish, a dentist, flies from Dubai to Liverpool for every game in Anfield, but still misses a ticket for the game
Both teams have an allocation of only 16,000 tickets in the Wanda Metropolitano but the question is certainly that number tenfold
A series of concerts with some of the leading DJ & # 39; s and singers in Spain have helped fans get busy during the build up
Footage circulates on social media from both sets of fans who sing their famous songs and sing in the bars and restaurants
Hundreds of supporters were filmed to get into the party atmosphere while the countdown to the kick-off was getting closer
Liverpool's spurs and supporters have moved into the picturesque Plaza Mayor, one of the city's main tourist attractions
Touts on the street corner are looking for tickets for eye-catching amounts, some asking for £ 10,000.
Tottenham fan John Burt from Bagshot, Surrey revealed that he had given himself a budget of £ 7,000 to buy a blackmarket ticket, but would be willing to go higher if the opportunity to buy one occurred.
He admitted: & # 39; If someone offers me a real ticket, I might pay £ 10,000. I have been following Spurs for 40 years and I never dreamed that we would be in a Champions League final. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. & # 39;
Fans must be wary of fake tickets that have entered the circulation. The police have already arrested three people for trying to sell 21 fake tickets. They were found with 3,180 euros (£ 2,803) in cash and five envelopes with the Champions League letterhead.
With direct flights to Madrid worth more than £ 1,000 and almost all the hotel rooms in the city sold out, fans had to be creative with their travels and accommodation. It will be a shock to some, but airlines are offering flights to Madrid for £ 98 on Friday morning, which would have made the trip much more affordable if fans had held their courage.
Many drove from England or flew to other Spanish cities and even neighboring countries, on the way to Madrid by bus, car or train. Some fans also built tents in one of the city's major parks, while others were willing to sleep on the sidewalk.
A group of eight Liverpool fans from California and Australia had spent a total of around £ 40,000 on travel.
& # 39; My flight for a 25-hour flight from Melbourne was around £ 2000, and then again on a match ticket, and more for somewhere to stay & # 39 ;, said stockbroker Marlon Mindel, 53.
While most relax in the Madrid sun, hundreds of Spurs fans are still in the starting line-up after Thomas Cook has revealed that one of their chartered flights will only land in Madrid at 4.30 p.m. – less than five hours before the kick-out.
The travel agency has already apologized for a lack of communication about flight times, but they were faced with more criticism on Thursday night after more than 400 fans came, who paid £ 559 each for what was advertised as a & # 39; morning flight & # 39 ;, would not depart from Stansted Airport until 1:30 PM and could then quickly go to the Wanda Metropolitano in time for the kick-off at 9:00 PM local time.
The frustrating delays have been attributed to the huge wave of flights this weekend to cope with the number of fans traveling to the Anglo-English final.
The temperature in the Spanish capital floats around 31 degrees and fans are expected to drink the bars of the city dry
Hundreds of Tottenham fans may arrive this weekend much later than expected in Madrid after more problems with Thomas Cook
A Liverpool supporter sits in a bar on Plaza Mayor Square in central Madrid, while the atmosphere remains good
A fan poses with a half and half scarf outside the room for the final – the home of the Spanish giants Atletico Madrid
Approximately 5000 police officers, some armed, are on duty while drones are deployed to monitor problems
The Department for Transport said that Friday was the & # 39; busiest day ever for British airspace with over 9,000 flights & # 39; could see.
There are expected to be around 800 additional flights in British airspace between Friday and Sunday due to the final.
Despite the carnivalesque atmosphere in Madrid, the Spanish police have created the largest security operation ever for a sporting event in the history of the city. The level of anti-terrorism warning that currently exists in the country is four on a scale of five, which implies a high risk of an attack.
An estimated 4700 police officers, some of them armed, are employed while drones are deployed to monitor potential problem makers in the narrow side streets of Madrid.
Heavy vehicles will be blocked from driving near the stadium and designated fan zones for 24 hours from 8 hours on Saturday to a & # 39; Nice-style & # 39; attack and all police leave in the Spanish capital has been canceled.
Although the Tottenham or Liverpool fans have no problems with history during the Champions League run of this season or the past seasons, the authorities leave nothing to chance.
With so many fans out on the streets, some Madrilenians fear the kind of hooliganism that English supporters were once infamous for.
"We hope nobody behaves like gorillas, but we know it happens," said Alejadro Alvarez, cafe owner in Puerta del Sol, another famous square that is already full with fans.
& # 39; Some bars actually close on Saturday because they don't want to risk anything & # 39 ;, Alvarez said.
& # 39; English fans don't have a great reputation, but we hope these two clubs can just have a fun party & # 39 ;.
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