Thomas Tuchel will be looking to secure his first trophy of his Chelsea tenure when they face Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final later this month in Porto.
The Blues booked their place in the May 29 final earlier this month when they got the better of Spanish giants Real Madrid in their semi-final tussle, winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate, after goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount sealed a 2-0 win in the second-leg at Stamford Bridge.
Since Chelsea joined City, who defeated Paris Saint-Germain in their respective last-four showdown, in the final, all of the focus has been on where the final will be staged, with Turkey, the original host for the final, having been seen as a non-starter after it was placed on the UK government’s travel ‘red list.’
After days of speculation and rumours, it was confirmed last week that Chelsea and City will have to fly out to Portugal, despite efforts having been made for the contest to be played at Wembley.
Now that a venue for the final has been determined, both Chelsea and City have been handed almost 6,000 tickets each, with those expected to be snapped up quickly for what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for some.
Yesterday it was announced that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has matched Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour’s excellent gesture by willing to pay for both travel and transfers for those that do make the trip out to Portugal.
A statement via the Blues’ official website read: “Chelsea FC can now confirm the ticketing and subsidised travel arrangements for the Champions League final in Porto next week.
“We will receive an allocation of approximately 5800 tickets that will go on sale first to members of the UEFA Away Scheme, and then to season ticket holders on a loyalty point basis.
“Should any tickets thereafter remain available, they will go on sale to members on a loyalty point basis.
“Official travel packages are available and have been subsidised by the club to help as many Chelsea supporters as possible attend the final at short notice.
“All supporters wishing to buy a ticket should check with the UK government website on the up-to-date requirements for travel to Portugal, and then back to the UK.
“UEFA have advised that all supporters should have a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to stadium entry, or negative antigen test within 48 hours prior to stadium entry.”
Non-essential trips to Portugal were allowed to resume earlier this week following the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions in England, meaning family holidays to the country can now take place.
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The Foreign Office’s latest advice states that all passengers, excluding children up to the age of two, travelling to or through Portugal in transit, must show a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS/COVID-19 at the time of boarding the flight.
The test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure and the airline company is most likely to refuse you travel if you fail to provide the test result when arriving at check-in at the airport.
Upon arrival in Portugal, supporters will be subject to health screening.
If your temperature is 38C or above or you show signs of being unwell, you may be required to take a further RT-PCR test and remain at the airport, unable to continue your journey, until you receive your test result.