Madrid quiet but ready for football return a year on from Liverpool's Champions League Final win over Tottenham

Ben Hayward

The scene could hardly have been more different to a year ago.

Three children kicked a football at the site of Liverpool's Fan Zone on Monday - the anniversary of the Reds' Champions League Final win over Tottenham in Madrid.

Outside the Wizink Center, where Real Madrid's basketball team play their home matches, a few cafes have reopened as the Spanish capital returns to some sort of normality during 'Phase One' – the second in the government's four-step de-escalation plan to recover from the coronavirus crisis.

In this same spot on June 1, 2019, tens of thousands of Liverpool fans congregated and sang songs ahead of the final at the Wanda Metropolitano, which the Reds won 2-0.

About a kilometre down the road, the site of Tottenham's Fan Zone was even more quiet on Monday as a sole police car sat on the Plaza Colón, which was overspilling with Spurs supporters on that sun-baked Saturday last year in the hours leading up to the match.

Monday was the first day professional teams in Spain were allowed to train in full ahead of the return to LaLiga action on June 11.

Top-flight football will return to the capital (albeit without fans for now) as Leganes meet Valladolid on June 13 and Real Madrid host Eibar the next day, with Los Blancos to play their remaining games at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano as renovation work continues at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Getafe are then in action on June 16 against Espanyol in the 29th round of the competition, with Real Madrid at home to Valencia two days later.

However, Atletico will have to wait until the following week for their first game at the Wanda Metropolitano as they start with two away fixtures.