REAL MADRID-MANCHESTER CITY

Real Madrid fans celebrating victory over Manchester City

The famous statue in the Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid city centre was barricaded to protect it in case Real Madrid beat Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final second leg.

Madrid ready for Real celebrations against Man City

Real Madrid fans have been heading down to the city centre to celebrate their 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final second leg (0-0 from the first leg in the Etihad). 

The fans are gathering at the fountain of Cybele (in the Plaza de Cibeles) in the centre of Madrid, where the supporters of Real Madrid go to celebrate title triumphs and major victories. The fountain had been surrounded by protective barricades to protect the famous Goddess (finished in 1782) earlier in the day as a precaution in case Real Madrid did overcome Pellegrini's team.

Madrid ready for Real celebrations against Man City

The Goddess Cybele

Cybele previously suffered damage at the hands of over-exuberant fans celebrating Madrid's victories and wanting to take memento's of the venerable deity home. She's now always protected where there's a chance the Real Madrid faithful might head there to celebrate, as happened after the win over Manchester City.