English clubs have created European football history by taking all four final spots in the continent’s two major competitions.
That followed dramatic wins for Liverpool over Barcelona and Tottenham against Ajax in the Champions League.
It is the first time all four finalists in Europe’s top two competitions have come from one nation.
Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in Baku, Azerbaijan – 2,468 miles from London – on 29 May, with a Champions League spot at stake for the Gunners, who could become the fifth English side to qualify for next season’s competition. Chelsea are already assured of their place after cementing a top-four finish in the Premier League.
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Baku’s Olympic Stadium has a capacity of 68,700 but UEFA has allocated only 6,000 tickets to each club, a decision Arsenal described as “disappointing”, adding that it presents them with “extreme difficulties” in how to allocate tickets”.
Tottenham and Liverpool will meet in Madrid on 1 June, with fans of those clubs also facing travel issues of their own, with direct flights from the UK reaching £1,300 and some airlines being accused of “profiteering”.