Double clash of the titans

Double Clash of the Titans!

Having won their game at Newcastle at the weekend Chelsea are still in with a chance of snatching the Barclaycard Premier League title from Manchester United. Not since 1998 has it taken the last game of the season to decide who will be the 2007/2008 season League champions. While both clubs are on equal points, Manchester United are ahead on a Goal Difference of 17 and as they have won the league 15 times before, you can guarantee they won’t relinquish their grip on the Cup without a fight.

No matter who wins the Premier league though there will be another chance for these adversaries to do battle on 21st May as they will become the first two British teams to meet in a UEFA Champions League final.

The host country for the final is Russia and the match will be held at The Luzhniki Stadium located in the Russian Capital Moscow. Built in 1956, the Luzhniki is the country’s largest stadium and was the chief venue for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games. Despite having a seating capacity in excess of 84,000, only 69,000 seats have been set aside for the final and out of those, 21,000 tickets have been issued to each British side.

Whilst the Luzhniki is likely to provide adequate facilities for a sporting event of this calibre, most Manchester United and Chelsea fans will be wishing the game could be played at Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge. Not least because the logistics of getting to and staying in Moscow are proving to be a real headache for the 42,000 or so British fans who are expected to travel to the game.

Since the all England match became a certainty, flight and hotel costs have soared and confusion over where to secure a visa has been a major concern. Rumours have abounded as to the steps required to secure a visa and in an effort to simplify the process and avoid a back log of applications, the idea of allowing British fans to use their match tickets has been agreed in principle — this will be instead of the official invitation usually needed for a visa.




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