Champions League final: Real Madrid blasts Pochettino over ‘lies’


Real Madrid have accused Mauricio Pochettino of lying over claims, that Spurs were denied permission to stay at their training ground, ahead of the Champions League Final.

Both Tottenham and Liverpool will use Real’s Valdebebas training complex ahead of the final in Madrid.

However, speaking on Thursday, Pochettino claimed Spurs had asked whether they could use Real’s accommodation at their training base and were refused.

Pochettino said: “Ahead of the final, we will train at Valdebebas and sleep in a nearby hotel.

“I asked Florentino to let us sleep in the sports centre, but he told me that I can only sleep there when I become the coach of Real Madrid.”

That declaration has drawn a response from Los Blancos, who have issued a strongly worded statement today.

“Real Madrid CF is surprised by the suggestions made by the coach of Tottenham Hotspur, Mauricio Pochettino, about a supposed request made to our club so that his team could stay at the Ciudad Real Madrid before the final of the Champions League.

“Real Madrid CF wants to make it clear that it is outright false that this request was produced. Our club has always shown its absolute availability to meet all the requests made by UEFA, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Club Atlético de Madrid, Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur.

“All requests submitted to Real Madrid have referred only and exclusively to the use of the training camps of the Ciudad Real Madrid and its changing rooms. And all of them have been granted by our club.

“Thus, Liverpool plans to train in our facilities on Saturday, June 1 in the morning. Tottenham, for its part, will do so on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31.

“Real Madrid CF also wants to emphasise that the accommodation of the final teams of the Champions League are assigned by UEFA following criteria of organisation and security. And that at no time has our club been requested that these teams could be accommodated in the facilities of Ciudad Real Madrid,” it read.

Tottenham face Liverpool on June 1 in Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.


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