Chelsea help fans to pay for 6,000-mile round trip to see Champions League clash with Azerbaijan side Qarabag

 

Blues arrange for £359 package for one of the longest possible Euro trips for an historic group game on November 22

The Blues will expect to land a double over the rank outsiders, with Atletico Madrid and Roma expected to offer far stiffer opposition in a tough group.

Chelsea chief Antonio Conte will be taking a trip into the unknown when the Premier League champions visit Qarabag in Azerbaijan on September 22

Chelsea chief Antonio Conte will be taking a trip into the unknown when the Premier League champions visit Qarabag in Azerbaijan on November 22

Qarabag keeper Ibrahim Sehic and team-mate Jakub Rzezniczak celebrate beating FC Copenhagen in the play-offs to reach the group stage of the Champions League

Qarabag keeper Ibrahim Sehic and team-mate Jakub Rzezniczak celebrate beating FC Copenhagen in the play-offs to reach the group stages of the Champions League

Chelsea host Qarabag in their Euro opener on September 12 then face that juge journey for the return on November 22.

The three-time Azerbaijan champions became the first team in their far-eastern European nation to qualify for the Champions League group stages when they beat FC Copenhagen in a play-off.

They had already become only the second Azerbaijan team ever to reach the group phase  of ANY European competition – when then they reached that stage in the Europa League three years running, from 2014 to 2016.

Chelsea announced the cut-price deal on their website today – although they say the scheme needs a minimum number of fans to take it up.

The club statement said Chelsea are “subsidising an official trip to Azerbaijan for supporters wishing to attend our away game at Qarabag.

“With the return journey to the far east of the continent totalling almost 6000 miles, the club have lowered the cost of official Thomas Cook Sport packages to help ease supporters’ financial burden.

Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois is set to face Qarabag in both group ties this month

Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois is set to face Qarabag in both group ties this month

Alvaro Mora has already bagged two goals for Chelsea in the Prem ahead of their Champions League campaign

New striker Alvaro Morata has already bagged two goals for Chelsea in the Prem ahead of their Champions League campaign

“Packages include a one-night stay in Baku and are on sale now to season ticket holders and members, in line with the club’s ticketing policy.

“Prices start at £359 per person and include travel, transfers and one night’s accommodation in a four-star hotel.

“Match ticket prices are currently unknown and the cost will be added to your booking when confirmed…”

Chelsea will expect £35million deadline-day buy Danny Drinkwater to be fully fit by the time of their lengthy trip.

And the Blues’ new £70m striker Alvaro Morata, who has already bagged two goals, should have fully adjusted to life in England by then.

David Luiz and Co will be strong favourites when Chelsea visit Qarabag

David Luiz and Co will be strong favourites when Chelsea visit Qarabag

Deadline buy Danny Drinkwater will hope to be contesting more than just a place on the bench by the time they travel to Azerbaijan

Deadline buy Danny Drinkwater will hope to be contesting more than just a place on the bench by the time they travel to Azerbaijan

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/4407418/chelsea-vs-qarabag-champions-league-fans/

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