Despite being a World Cup qualifier the Spain-France game has been met with a lukewarm response from fans, reports AS.
With just 24 hours to go before the Group I World Cup qualifier, 13,000 of the 54,000 tickets available at the Vicente Calderon remained unsold, with just 500 fans turning up on Monday to watch an open training session involving Vicente del Bosque’s team.
One possible reason is the price, with tickets ranging from €30 to €85 at a time of economic crisis throughout the whole of Spain.
Del Bosque has labelled the game ‘a cup final’ but that will be scant consolation to Atletico Madrid officials if the ground is not full.
Los Rojiblancos were awarded the most important qualifier in the group as reward for stepping in to host last season’s Copa del Rey final, after cross-city rivals Real Madrid had made their Santiago Bernabeu stadium unavailable due to alleged improvement work.