Zinedine Zidane

Spanish media claims the balls for the Champions League draw were HEATED


Spanish newspaper AS are claiming that the Champions League balls were heated before the semi final draw – and that it was a fix.

They don’t explain why they’re accusing UEFA of this, but there is the hint in the comments from readers that it was all to avoid another all Madrid final – something that’s been the case in two of the last three seasons.

AS wrote: “The first ball that came out in the draw of the Champions League semi-finals was that of Real Madrid.

“Ian Rush shook all the balls in the drum. So far, so normal.

“With the next ball came the mystery as the Welshman went directly to Atleti without barely moving the other balls.”

Last Madrid derby at the Calderon

Atleti are of course leaving the Vicente Calderon come the end of the season, and this will mean their final game against Real Madrid at the stadium will be a Champions League semi final – where they can knock their rivals out and gain some revenge for the two finals they lost at the hands of Madrid and Ramos.

The feeling among Atleti fans this year is that it is their time – and it would be third time is a charm should they actually knock Real out.