Klopp Slams Venue Of Europa League Final

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It will be an all English final in the Europa League on May 29 as Chelsea and Arsenal will fight for the trophy in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Chelsea defeated Eintracht Frankfurt on penalty shootout to reach the final, while Arsenal had it easy with a 7-3 aggregate win over Valencia.

The two biggest European club competition will see four England teams feature in the two finals, as Liverpool have a Champions League final date with Tottenham, with the game billed for Madrid on June 1.

Although airlines and travel companies have hiked up their prices for fans planning travel arrangements to the Spanish capital, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he has greater sympathy with supporters of Arsenal and Chelsea who will have to make near 6,000-mile round trips, assuming they can secure a ticket given both clubs have only been allocated 6,000 each by UEFA.

Klopp has moved to slam UEFA’s choice of Baku for the final on May 29.

“I think going to Baku, that’s really funny for a European final,” said the Liverpool manager.

“These guys who make the decisions I don’t know what they have for breakfast really.

“How can you do it? Last year we go to Kiev which is a wonderful city but that a Russian team, or one from that part of the world, will be involved is not really likely.

“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.

“In these decisions people must be a much more sensible and reasonable. It is irresponsible.”

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