Real Madrid’s arrival in Leipzig for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie brought about some chaos.
Due to the strike at Leipzig airport, Real Madrid had to reschedule their trip to avoid a shutdown that would have prevented them from keeping to their schedule for the match.
Instead of the direct flight to Leipzig, Real Madrid’s plane landed in Erfurt at 11.38am on Monday. From there, Carlo Ancelotti’s men had a bus journey of more than 160 kilometres that almost ended in tragedy.
“On the A4 motorway between Eichelborn and Nohra, a white Toyota collided with the Madrid team bus. The driver of the car overlooked the bus while changing lanes and broke the outside rear-view mirror. The Toyota Avensis was damaged to the value of about 3,000 euros. The extent of the damage to the Real Madrid bus is still unclear. After a brief stop, fortunately all those involved continued without incident,” explained the German newspaper Bild, which broke the news of the accident involving the bus.
Players couldn’t feel the impact
Fortunately, from inside the Real Madrid bus, where the Real Madrid squad and technical staff were travelling, they did not feel the collision and were able to continue their journey without any problems.
“A fan who was filming the bus in his car lost control, lost his grip on the steering wheel and bounced off. We didn’t notice it. The people who came in buses behind us saw it,” the club told MARCA.
At around 2.40pm, Real Madrid finally arrived at the team hotel, the Steigenberger, located in the centre of Leipzig.
On the driver’s side of the bus, at the height of the double axle, there were clear scratches from the impact with the fan’s car.
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