We all know there are some football grounds that nobody likes visiting. You wouldn’t go to Stoke on a cold Tuesday night they say. Well, have you considered a bitter Saturday afternoon in Rostov? Or perhaps the dread of a warm Mediterranean evening faced by Gate 7?
This season, as you’d expect, Juventus, Bayern, and Barcelona have continued their dominance on home territory – they’ve always been regarded as football fortresses, but the importance of a home result has also been noted by a number of other clubs, and they’re reaping the rewards.
Here are 5 clubs from all around Europe who have made their home stadiums a fortress.
You’d have to have be heartless, or a Forest fan, to not enjoy Leicester’s march towards Premier League glory and a large part of that is down to their terrific form at the King Power Stadium. They require just nine points to seal the title, bringing the trophy to a stadium which has seen the dark days of League One and Championship football.
After last season’s miraculous escape from the drop, the Foxes have lost just one game this season, all the way back in September when they were dispatched 5-2 against Arsenal. Those five goals contribute to just 11 conceded at home and with only five games left, they look all set for the title, the first in their history.
All season in the Leicester camp, thoughts of winning the title have been muted but the players and manager have been very vocal about the support they have received. Mahrez said back in January, “We’ve only lost one game at home, so that shows how important the support has been.”
Those fans are now desperate for a ticket for their last game of the season against Everton, with the match selling out in minutes and tickets being sold for as much as £15,000 on ticket marketplaces.