The Estadio da Luz in Lisbon will host this year’s biggest game in club football: the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
For any footballer, playing in a European Cup final is the pinnacle of their club careers, and Andre Schurrle knows that. Which is why he is still lamenting the fact he and his Chelsea teammates fell short in their semi-final tie against Atletico.
Jose Mourinho’s side looked favourites to progress from the tie after the first leg, which they drew 0-0 in Madrid. Then in the second leg at Stamford Bridge, the London outfit took a 1-0 lead. But then came the Atletico fightback, as they scored three goals to win the tie 3-1 on aggregate.
However, there will be one Chelsea player who can actually win the trophy on Saturday. Thibaut Courtois has been on loan at Atletico from the Premier League club since 2011, and has won La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Europa League. Now, he can clinch the Champions League before returning to Stamford Bridge.
Schurrle is pleased for the Belgium international goalkeeper and hopes that he has a good game against Real. However, the Germany international insists that he does not have a favourite for the match, and that he will not support either side.
‘Of course I will be rooting for him because he is a Chelsea player’, The Mirror quotes the 23-year-old as saying. ‘I will be happy for him to have a good game but I don’t have a favourite in the final. I will watch it, of course - it's the Champions League final. But I won’t be cheering for one team’.