2016 Champions League final

A Madrid Derby in Milan - here is your guide to the Champions League finals this year. Join in and celebrate the greatest soccer event this year in Italy.

March 13, 2018

A Madrid Derby in Milan

The excitement is palpable in Milan ahead of the 2016 Champions League Final as now we know the teams that will take to the field at the famous Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28. Incredibly, for the second time in three seasons, it will be another Madrid derby – Real Madrid versus Atletico Madrid.

The Team’s Journey to the Final

Atletico did not have an easy road to Milan. To reach the final, they had to see off the two favourites to win the Champions League, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Through sheer determination and an incredibly strong defence, Diego Simeone confounded the football world to guide his team to the showcase event on May 28.

Real Madrid’s route to the final was less complicated. With relative ease, they saw off AS Roma’s challenge and managed to advance to the final four despite a scare in the quarter finals against Wolfsburg. An uninspiring Manchester City side meant Real Madrid were rarely troubled as they booked a place in the final for a record 14th time.

Lisbon Two Years Ago

As the game ticked away to its final moments, Atletico were seemingly on their way to claim their first ever Champions League crown in the final of 2014. However, a last-minute equaliser from Sergio Ramos pushed the game into extra time where Real Madrid went on to score three more goals and claim a record 10th Champions League title.

Atletico will be seeking to overturn the pain suffered in losing to their biggest rivals in the Portuguese capital. Having eliminated the two strongest teams in this years’ competition, they will be confident they can while their opponents will be targeting a record 11th Champions League trophy.

Football Fans’ Guideo to Milan

With both Madrid teams in the final, it is now a record 17 times that either Real or Atletico have contested a Champions League decider, breaking Milan’s record of 16 held between AC Milan and Inter Milan. Still amongst the most famous sides in the world, a visit to the official AC Milan and Inter Milan megastores are a must for any football fan.

For the travelling supporters of the two finalists, the Nike megastore near Milan Centrale is the place to go to for Atletico Madrid fans. For Real Madrid fans they should make sure they make a visit to the Adidas megastore in San Fedele.

Milan is a football city and as always, in the lead up to the final the streets will be alive with football fever and none more so than around the number tourist hotspot, Il Duomo. Tradition is that fans congregate in front of the impressive Gothic cathedral, chanting songs and waving flags as the city transforms into a haven for football.

Enjoy your Champions League Final weekend in Milan. Vamos el Madrid!!

Directions from Our Hotels

We have five hotels in Milan. For your journey to the stadium, see below for directions.

Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan

From Milan Centrale, take Line 2 towards Abbiategrosso. At Garibaldi Fs, change on to Line 5 towards San Siro Stadio and get off at San Siro Ippodromo.

Four Points by Sheraton Milan

From Gioia, take Line 2 towards Abbiategrosso. At Garibaldi Fs, change on to Line 5 towards San Siro Stadio and get off at San Siro Ippodromo.

Sheraton Diana Majestic

From Porta Venezia, take Line 1 towards Rho Fieramilano. At Lotto Fiera Milan City, change on to Line 5 towards San Siro Stadio and get off at San Siro Ippodromo.

The Westin Palace, Milan

From Repubblica, take Line 3 towards Comasina. At Zara, change on to Line 5 towards San Siro Stadio and get off at San Siro Ippodromo.

Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

From Malpensa Airport, take a shuttle bus Milano Centrale. From there, take Line 5 towards San Siro Stadio and get off at San Siro Ippodromo.

Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan

Excelsior Hotel Gallia, Milan is an extraordinary destination in a city recognized for its creativity, where fashion, design, and cuisine come together. Let our experienced Luxury Collection concierge be your guide to an unforgettable stay.

Sheraton Diana Majestic

Step out the doors of our historic hotel and into the heart of Milan’s shopping district before relaxing in our inspiring private garden.

The Westin Palace, Milan

Our downtown location is convenient to the city’s famous shopping and monuments. This historic luxury hotel is an elegant and sophisticated meeting point for business and leisure travellers alike.

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