Manchester City superfan and former Oasis star Noel Gallagher insists tonight’s Champions League final against Chelsea is ‘bigger than Glastonbury’ as he joins the 12,000 English fans descending to Porto
- Ex-Oasis star Gallagher is a lifelong fan of Pep Guardiola’s City outfit
- City will play Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea on Saturday evening in Portugal
- Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, there will be a decrease in the number of visitors
- But there will be more than 10,000 British supporters on the Porto grounds
Manchester City superfan Noel Gallagher has been photographed during the Champions League final ahead of the clash between his side and Chelsea.
The former Oasis guitarist is one of approximately 12,000 British fans who are allowed to enter the stadium of Porto on Saturday evening for the European showpiece.
Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, there will be a reduced crowd of up to 16,500 attendees at the Estadio do Dragao in northwestern Portugal, with about 12,000 fans from both sides.
Ex-Oasis star Noel Gallagher was pictured at the stadium ahead of the Champions League final
Iconic rocker Gallagher, a lifelong fan of Pep Guardiola, was pictured entering the stadium and interviewed by BT Sport prior to the game.
He said, ‘I got here about three hours ago. It just might be one of the best birthdays ever. It’s our first final. I’m building it. Being an all English finale, the taxi driver abuse will be relentless if we lose.
‘The gaffer has the shape for it. I’m surprised (Raheem) Sterling is starting. I’ve been asked how it feels all week. I’ve been supporting our team for 47 years. I watched us win one trophy until the Abu Dhabi group took over.
(Is it bigger than Glastonbury?) Absolutely. It will be a very tight game. If Man City shows up at our best, we can beat Chelsea at their best. ‘
About 12,000 British fans descended on the Estadio do Dragao in Porto before the game
Gallagher was also involved in a witty exchange with former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on live TV.
Reds icon Carragher serenaded Gallagher out of tune with the Liverpool anthem You are never alone for the musician’s birthday.
Noel then quipped, “Mate – that’s worse than any of your own goals,” much to the laughter of Carragher and ex-City defender Micah Richards.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Man City owner Sheikh Mansour would pay for the travel expenses of fans traveling to the final, with Covid-19 tests and high flight prices making finances ‘out of control’ for many fans.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will face Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the European showpiece
City’s opponents Chelsea have, controversially, struggled to fill their ticket allocation for the final.
Sportsmail reported Wednesday that the club had returned 800 unsold tickets with their £ 200 day trip packages unpopular, and blues fans told there were no more tickets available, sparking anger.
However, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust launched a devastating attack on UEFA, accusing them of ‘deliberately preventing’ the final.
The presence of British fans was criticized by Portuguese politician Rui Rio, who wondered why supporters from abroad were allowed to come and see the game in person while many of the country’s matches were played behind closed doors.