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Champions League: Spain feels the pain

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By Catherine Hardy
Champions League: Spain feels the pain

<p>Madrid will come to a standstill for 90 minutes on Saturday evening as the Spanish capital’s two teams go head-to-head in Milan in the final of the Champions League.</p> <p>Whatever the outcome, the cup is coming home to Madrid – but who with?</p> <p>One thing is for sure, there will be winners and losers. <p> <h3><strong>Where will the fans gather?</strong></h3> </p></p> <p>The winners of Saturday’s Champions League will celebrate at one of two fountains in the Spanish capital.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/fuente-de-neptuno">Fountain of Neptune</a> is the traditional meeting point for Atletico fans, while the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaza_de_Cibeles#Cibeles_Fountain">Fountain of Cibeles</a> is where Real Madrid fans will gather. <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Meanwhile in Madrid, they've found an ingenious way to encourage smokers to dispose of their cigarettes <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UCLFinal?src=hash">#UCLFinal</a> <a href="https://t.co/XoDO8lIe8O">pic.twitter.com/XoDO8lIe8O</a></p>— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) <a href="https://twitter.com/BreatheSport/status/736542582663045121">May 28, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p></p> <p>Thousands of fans are expected in the Spanish capital to watch the match.</p> <p>Madrid is divided – and the rest of Spain with it. <p> <h3><strong>What are the fans saying?</strong></h3> </p></p> <p>“All that matters to me is that Atletico do well. This is the second time I have come here for a final. We made the journey two years ago but Atletico lost,” said one man Euronews spoke to, who had come from southern Spain.</p> <p>“Players like Keylor, Navas, Ronaldo, Modric are the strengths of Real Madrid – their playing will help us win,” a Real fan told Euronews.</p> <p>“It is a bittersweet feeling. Both teams are from Madrid, which is great to see, but also a little difficult as they are close rivals,” said another. <p> <h3><strong>Bars and restaurants to net a fortune</strong></h3> </p></p> <p>Whether Real or Atletico, a football team will not be the only winner on Saturday.</p> <p>Bars across Spain are set to rake in 36 million euros as devoted fans turn out to watch the match. <p> <h3><strong>What our correspondent says</strong></h3> </p></p> <p>Euronews’ correspondent Carlos Marlasca says the first victory has already gone to Atletico Madrid.</p> <p>The regional government launched a Twitter contest and the biggest response came from Atletico fans, meaning one of the city’s main buildings was lit up in the club’s colours.</p> <p>Madrid is quiet at the moment. But the streets are expected to be a throng of colour later, in what will also be a good day for bars and restaurants. </p> <p>Whoever wins tonight, the Champions League cup is coming to Madrid.</p>