Thousands of Manchester City fans party on the streets of Istanbul ahead of Champions League final

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2023-06-09 18:26:36  • 9 mins

Thousands more Manchester City fans are making their way to Istanbul as the club attempts to clinch a historic Treble by winning the Champions League.

Twenty thousand have tickets for the game though Manchester City, with a similar number going to Italy's Inter Milan but around 5,000 ticketless Blues supporters are expected to make the trip.

Flights from Manchester, Stansted and Heathrow were touching down every hour at the main airport in Istanbul which is around an hour from the city centre - but the appalling traffic can make the journey twice as long.

Once in the city many headed for the bars around Istanbul's famous Taksim Square where a pint of beer costs just 1.30 and by lunchtime the party was well underway as supporters sang and chanted for manager Pep Guardiola and his team.

The game will be played at the Ataturk Olympic stadium which is 90 minutes from the centre and fans have been advised to be at the ground seven hours before kick-off with extensive ticket checks in place.

UEFA officials are keen to avoid a repeat of last year's fiasco where Liverpool fans were held back and tear gassed by overzealous French police after being funnelled into potentially lethal bottlenecks.

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