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Nothing has changed at the Stade de France after Champions League final carnage in Paris

It is the sight of a police van that immediately startles. There it is, under the underpass, jutting out at a big, dangerous right angle and causing problems for those trying to pass.

You tell yourself this can’t be real. In the same underpass just over two weeks earlier, the same type of vehicle was parked in the same way, causing chaos, terrifying thousands of Liverpool fans for what should have been one of the best nights of their lives.

But it’s real, okay. It is a terrible nuisance, leading to bottlenecks and delays. This time it is supporters from France and Croatia who are going through this ordeal and discover that the conditions around the Stade de France are not suited to their comfort or needs.

Whether it’s arrogance or incompetence, it’s hard to discern. But outside the stadium on Monday, Sportsmail spent two hours following in our May 28 footsteps trying to see what – if anything – had changed in the wake of the Champions League final.

A French government report published last Friday said there had been “several failures” around crowd management, poor communications and transport route planning, all of which culminated in kick-off being delayed twice.

If you fail at something it is normal to make immediate improvements, but the positioning of that van for this Nations League match told you that the police and authorities were selective in what they wanted to tackle.

The same police bus was parked under an underpass at the Stade de France ahead of France's match against Croatia, which caused bottlenecks and delays ahead of the Champions League final

The same police bus was parked under an underpass at the Stade de France ahead of France’s match against Croatia, which caused bottlenecks and delays ahead of the Champions League final

Liverpool fans were given tear gas by French police ahead of Champions League final in Paris

Liverpool fans were given tear gas by French police ahead of Champions League final in Paris

Sportsmail spent two hours following in our May 28 footsteps to see if anything had changed

Sportsmail spent two hours following in our May 28 footsteps to see if anything had changed

Nothing had been done to improve the 10 minute walk from the metro station to the stadium.

There was a very heavy police presence here, with at least 35 stone-faced officers, some with machine guns, around the main entrance.

From here you cross a busy driveway and a gravel path. What struck me right before the Champions League final, when we got to the first checkpoint, was a fence that collapsed under the weight of people being squashed against it.

The same fence at the same checkpoint was still there. It still had the Champions League logo on it, and in a poor attempt to hide the damage, someone had placed a huge bin in front of it.

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The fiasco has been described by authorities as a ‘mass failure’, leaving fans concerned

There was a very heavy police presence at the main entrance before the Nations League match

There was a very heavy police presence at the main entrance before the Nations League match

This was the point of the stadium where Real Madrid fans were allowed entry, as their fan park had been in Saint-Denis. The experiences that Liverpool supporters have had have been widely reported, but the Spaniards also went through hell.

That was because of organized crime that went unchallenged all night, with large-scale robberies and attacks.

The police stood by and did nothing to help as young threats scurried among their helpless victims.

As Sportsmail reported on Saturday, French authorities asked for references to local gangs to be removed from reports, but were clearly aware of the malice that had taken place, as we learned during a conversation at the nearby L’Escargot brasserie.

Real Madrid supporters told the same horror stories as their Liverpool counterparts

Real Madrid supporters told the same horror stories as their Liverpool counterparts

A bartender named Amak says, “On the day of the final, there were a lot of people. On the side of the stadium opposite where we are now, the bars had to close due to the nuisance. It was very, very tense.

“There were a lot of pickpockets. Today it is different, there are now police officers everywhere. The pickpockets have it much harder, but they’re still trying.’

Outside the gates it was definitely noticeable that there were no local youths this time. Still, the process of entering was painfully slow and at 8:42 p.m., with La Marseillaise being belted inside, thousands of fans were still waiting to be admitted.

One thing that had changed was that there were now lanes for queues, but again, very little stewarding.

This wasn’t the kind of game where touts would charge €2,000 per ticket like the Champions League final, but you couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like next time there’s a really high-level game here.

Before we left, there was a reminder of how quickly things can change.

There were now lanes for queues at turnstiles, but there was still little stewarding

There were now lanes for queues at turnstiles, but there was still little stewarding

A group of 10 to 15 Croats were refused entry and 25 police officers took action

A group of 10 to 15 Croats were refused entry and 25 police officers took action

A group of 10 to 15 Croats had been refused entry and waved their tickets through the barriers to be admitted. It was not clear why they were not allowed through.

When voices were heard, 25 police officers sprang into action and stood ready to throw their weight.

They didn’t reach for the tear gas or withdraw their batons this time, but it wouldn’t have cost much.

Old habits, as we saw with the van, are dying out fast.

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