Chelsea and Arsenal supporters mix in Baku and party until late at night for the Europa League final (which doesn't start until 11 am local time!)
- Chelsea and Arsenal supporters mixed in Baku on Tuesday evening
- Those who made the journey seemed to have a good time
- They will have a lot from Wednesday to do the same kick-off, but that is only at 11 p.m.
- The Olympic Stadium is ready for Chelsea and Arsenal to contest the final
When the day in Baku changed the night on Tuesday, supporters from Arsenal and Chelsea continued to enjoy themselves during the preparations for the Europa League final.
While their respective teams were training on the field in the Olympic Stadium, the fans who had made the gigantic journey from London and beyond drank a lot of the city's old pubs.
The last week or two was for the most part particularly difficult for both groups of supporters who were forced to beat thousands for tickets, travel and accommodation.
Chelsea supporters pose Tuesday night with the flag of the club in the middle of Baku
Arsenal fans party outside a café in the old center of Baku, prior to the Europa League final
Arsenal fan TV presenter Robbie Lyle stopped for selfies with other supporters in Baku
An Arsenal flag hangs outside in the pubs that many fans chose as their base for the night
But now the small number of fans of Arsenal and Chelsea are in Baku, they want to get the best out of their environment. Arsenal fan TV presenter Robbie Lyle also stopped for a few selfies with some of the locals.
Indeed, they also have enough time to do that on Wednesday evening, since the kick-off is only at 11 p.m. local time.
Sets of supporters appeared to mix well and together formed photos while the sun went down.
Others chose to visit the fan zones around the Olympic Stadium. There they could show their colors and wave their flags.
Whatever happens on Wednesday, this will have been a journey that many of the supporters will never forget; for the right and wrong reasons.
Chelsea supporters were also out of control with some of them holding up scarves
They sang songs later in the night in Baku and more are expected on Wednesday
Those who have taken airplanes, trains and cars on their way to Baku will undoubtedly have stories to remember and cherish for their entire lives.
But most will tell how the price of flights to Baku from London rose when Arsenal and Chelsea won their semi-final matches, and how thousands of tickets were not sold and official travel options cost nearly £ 1,000.
Even indirect flight options cost more than £ 800, including a stop in Doha, Qatar.
In addition to the travel ghost, Arsenal & # 39; s Henrikh Mkhitaryan have not yet made the trip to Azerbaijan and will miss the competition due to fear of his safety. UEFA has warned Arsenal that protests from their fans are not tolerated.
Moreover, it appeared from UEFA's own report that Baku was not a suitable host for the Europa League final.
A woman carries the flag of Azerbaijan during her walk along the coast on Tuesday evening
The Flame Towers were all lit up the night before the Europa League final
The atmosphere in the stadium will probably be bad given the low number of fans who have the opportunity to go to the game.
Last week, both Premier League clubs had plans to return a combined total of more than 6,000 tickets – more than half of their original allocations – with only 5,500 shifting between them.
The stadium has a capacity of 69,000, and initially there were complaints about the clubs being offered such a small percentage of tickets.
The returned tickets have been returned to the general sale, but even now it is questionable how full the stadium will be for the final.
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