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UEFA Champions League - Horror scenario for Chelsea

UEFA Champions League – Horror scenario for Chelsea

There were many who opened their eyes when Benfica shocked Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena, securing promotion to the Champions League quarter-finals.

This means they can be found in the pot ahead of Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw. It could quickly turn into what Chelsea fear most, if they move into Lille on Wednesday night.

Costs should be reduced

The Londoners have a 2-0 lead ahead of the second leg against the defending champions, so they are expected to continue.

This could cause problems for the London Club.

As is known, the British authorities punished the owner of the Chelsea club, Roman Abramovich, and all his assets were frozen. It also houses Chelsea Football Club.

Banned: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.  Photo: Reuters/John Sibley

Banned: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Photo: Reuters/John Sibley
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as part of Russia regulationswhich is the British authorities’ list of measures affecting Chelsea, shows the following in point 4:

“Reasonable travel expenses to and from matches (or due to training) for any of the club’s teams, for the players and any essential member of the support team.” Furthermore, a maximum amount of £20,000 has been set.

luxury home: Only one house separates the residence of the oligarch and the residence of the Norwegian Embassy in London.
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Click here for the full list of sanctions against Chelsea prepared by the British authorities.

This corresponds to 233,744 Norwegian krone at today’s exchange rate. He could pose challenges for Chelsea quickly, in the event of an “unfortunate” draw in the Champions League.

More than 2,000 kilometers between London and Lisbon, Benfica is the city of Benfica, making it, in geographical terms, the longest journey for the Champions League champion.

Since it is not certain whether Chelsea will play on Tuesday or Wednesday, it is worth believing that they will have to go down to Lisbon on Monday. The first quarter-final settlement will take place on Tuesday 5 April and Wednesday 6 April.

Direct flight: Chelsea can already book direct flights to Portugal.  The Benfica match could quickly become a horror scenario.  Photo: facsimile/expedia.

Direct flight: Chelsea can already book direct flights to Portugal. The Benfica match could quickly become a horror scenario. Photo: facsimile/expedia.
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If Chelsea doesn’t book private flights, which one would think would quickly outweigh financial constraints, then scheduled flights could be a solution.

Direct flights with Wizz Air will cost 1,111 kroner per person, according to Expedia. If we estimate again that Chelsea will send a team of more than 20 players, and ten in the support apparatus, then the trip to Portugal will amount to 33,330 crowns.

Affordable hotel

If Chelsea play a game on Wednesday, they simply won’t catch up with scheduled flights to London for that evening. The solution here might be an extra night’s sleep in Lisbon. It is artificial that a return ticket costs 0 DKK with Wizz Air.

The ‘problem’ for Chelsea, then, is that they have to wait until 21:40, so they won’t be home in London until just past midnight on Friday.

Hotel expenses would probably be the big, big challenge if Chelsea were going to Lisbon.

HOTEL SOLUTION?: Residencial do Areeiro is within the price range of Chelsea, let it be.  Photo: Fax / Booking.com

HOTEL SOLUTION?: Residencial do Areeiro is within the price range of Chelsea, let it be. Photo: Fax / Booking.com
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Booking.com It has several guest houses and single rooms for rent, but if you want to check into a hotel near Estádio da Luz, Benfica’s home, to get away from Lisbon travel expenses, the Residencial do Areeiro is the answer.

It is a 12-minute drive from the stadium, according to Google Maps, and has double rooms for 1808 crowns for three nights. Again, if Chelsea sent 30 pieces in total, 15 doubles would come out to 27,120 kr for three nights.

In total, Chelsea will have spent 60,450 kroner, and remain with 173,294 kroner. Some of this can be used to rent a bus to and from the airport, for training and matches.

Bus Tour: It is quite possible to rent a bus at an affordable price in Lisbon.  Photo: Facsimile / Rentautobus.com

Bus Tour: It is quite possible to rent a bus at an affordable price in Lisbon. Photo: Facsimile / Rentautobus.com
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It looks like Rentautobus.com has a possible solution. They offer a bus for 30 people for two days for 6,665 kroner. For Chelsea, they had to book this twice, which gives us 13,330 in bus expenses.

159,964 kroner left with Chelsea after that, after covering travel, hotels and buses in the cheapest way possible.

This is of course before you include things like food and security, which you think will take a portion of Chelsea’s budget in Lisbon. It’s hard to estimate what exactly this is about, but one would think the European champion would be able to manage it in action.

You could become an opponent: Benfica, Lisbon and Studio da Luz could be Chelsea's next challengers in the Champions League.  Photo: Reuters/Pedro Nunes
You could become an opponent: Benfica, Lisbon and Studio da Luz could be Chelsea’s next challengers in the Champions League. Photo: Reuters/Pedro Nunes
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In any case, they can be happy that star player Kai Havertz may have put together the list of his teammates during the pre-match press conference against Lille:

– I’m paying, it wouldn’t have been a problem or a big deal. Going to the game is the most important thing. There are tough things going on in the world right now, so if we get on a bus or plane to battle, I can push. The German star said, according to “No problem” Chelsea website.

And in the event that costs are truly cut, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has already indicated he has an emergency solution:

CAN DRIVE: Thomas Tuchel joked about driving away matches in the Champions League going forward.  Photo: Scanpix

CAN DRIVE: Thomas Tuchel joked about driving away matches in the Champions League going forward. Photo: Scanpix
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– The last information I have is that we can fly to and from the match, The Chelsea coach said before the settlement against Lille in the Champions League.

– If we can’t fly, we take the trains. If we can’t get on the train, we’ll take the bus. If we can’t get on the bus, I’m in a seven-seater, Tuchel joked with a laugh from the reporters present.

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