John Terry joins Chelsea fans as thousands flock to Portugal for Champions League final

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John Terry has jetted to Portugal ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League final with Manchester City in Porto.

The Blues legend, now assistant to Dean Smith at Aston Villa, is the only Chelsea skipper to lift the European Cup aloft.

He missed the final in 2012 due to suspension but was an integral figure for years and will now offer his support from the stands.

The Estadio do Dragao will be the venue for the showpiece event after UEFA moved it away from Istanbul for the second straight year.

Last term it was Lisbon who hosted the final and Portugal are again the location for Europe’s showpiece event.

Travel restrictions in Turkey, where certain cities are in lockdown, made it almost impossible for the Atatürk Olympic Stadium to host the final.

 

“Fans have had to suffer more than twelve months without the ability to see their teams live and reaching a Champions League final is the pinnacle of club football,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

“To deprive those supporters of the chance to see the match in person was not an option and I am delighted that this compromise has been found.”

Roughly 16,500 fans will be allowed to attend the Champions League final following UEFA’s decision to move the game to Portugal

Man City and Chelsea both received an allocation of 6,000 tickets each, with the general public also free to purchase tickets.

The build up to the game has been slightly overshadowed by fan violence in Porto however.

As police watched staff close pubs and bars throughout the city they became involved in angry confrontations with supporters.

Many were unaware that there was a strict 10.30pm drinking curfew to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Video footage captured on a phone and posted online showed the supporters fighting before police stepped in to break it up.

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