Chelsea and Manchester City fans clashed on the streets of Madrid as the two clubs played in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The second leg of the Champions League quarter-final alerted Madrid. But reinforced safety equipment didn’t stop the clash between Chelsea and Manchester City supporters. Two clubs played there this week: Chelsea face Real Madrid (2-3 win, AP) on Tuesday ahead of Manchester City’s meeting against Atletico (0-0, English qualification) the next day.
In all, 8,000 English admirals traveled to the Spanish capital, where many of them decided to go to war. Notably in Plaza Mayor there were clashes with spectacles and projectiles thrown between the two camps, which were separated by truncheons by the police. The place was targeted as a “hot zone” that could lead to hostile gatherings.
Citizens fans hope for the semi-finals in Madrid
Spanish security services were already on alert in the previous round, when the other Manchester club, United, visited to face Atlético de Madrid. They will be there again in a few weeks as Manchester City return to Madrid for the semi-finals. Pep Guardiola’s team will take on Real Madrid in the next round.
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The first leg is scheduled for April 26 (9 pm) at the Etihad Stadium, while the return will take place on Wednesday 4 May at the Bernabeu (9 pm). Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola warned on Wednesday: “If we play like the second half, we will have little chance. If we play like the first half, we can compete. But we are the Kings.” This competition, no matter what, we are going to suffer.”