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Klopp blasts UEFA over Baku venue for Europa League final

Klopp blasts UEFA over Baku venue for Europa League final

10 May 2019, 19:00

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has slammed UEFA for picking Azerbaijan's Olympic Stadium to host this year's Europa League final. 

Chelsea and Arsenal will square it out in the finals in an all-English affair after they overcame Eintracht Frankfurt and Valencia respectively in the semifinals.  

Chelsea went through 4-3 on penalties, while Arsenal brushed aside Spanish side Valencia 7-3 on aggregate to set the Baku date.

However, Klopp feels it was a funny choice for the finals for Europe's second-tier competition. 

"I think going to Baku, that’s really funny for a European final. These guys who make the decisions I don’t know what they have for breakfast really," he said. 

"You go there and now Madrid has to prepare for 200,000 English fans. Baku I have no clue how to get there or if there is any regular flight at all,"

"Baku I have no clue how to get there or if there is any regular flight at all. In these decisions, people must be much more sensible and reasonable. It is irresponsible," he added. 

It will be a long way for Chelsea and Arsenal fans who would want to travel for the big match, as it is almost a 6,000-mile round trip.

There will also be fewer fans at the stadium, with UEFA having allocated 6,000 tickets for both teams.

Read more: Mourinho's prediction for Champions League final

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