Two days in a row, matches of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League are played in London: on Tuesday Chelsea hosted Borussia, on Wednesday Tottenham were waiting for Milan. Both meetings started with a 10-minute delay – the teams were late for the stadium.
Late Borussia: circled the stadium for 15 minutes
On Tuesday the Borussia bus was late. Although the team from Dortmund settled well in London and trained on the field of the Honorary Artillery Company – one of the oldest and most famous military units in the world.
The field is located in the heart of the British capital, and the rent costs 1000 pounds per hour. But there is a minus: far from Stamford Bridge.
The Sun writes that in fact the Borussia bus was delayed due to the fact that it circled for 15 minutes at the entrance to Stamford Bridge. However, the coach of the German team, Edin Terzic, did not take a steam bath:
“We were a bit late, but here we are – ready to fight for the next round. We do not know if we will start on time or if the start of the match will be postponed. We circled around the stadium for about 15 minutes, which is a little disturbing. But it won’t stop us today.”
As it turned out later, Dortmund was still stopped – and Chelsea did it. And maybe it was the delay.
It’s raining in London today. Perhaps Tottenham and Milan were late because of this
On Wednesday, both the hosts and the guests were late. Stefano Pioli admitted that the Italian club asked for a slight delay:
“We asked to delay the start of the meeting for 10 minutes, but we have not yet received an answer. This is a very important game. We want to go further, so we will go to the match as charged as possible,” the coach said after arriving at the stadium.
UEFA granted Milan’s request (besides, Spurs were also late). At first, even in England, they did not figure out how much the start had shifted – in the BT Sport studio they said that the meeting would start 30 minutes later.
So what’s the reason for being late? Our special correspondent in London, Daria Konurbayeva, reports that it is snowing and raining in the capital of England – this has clearly affected the movement, which is already so busy during the Champions League days. Tuesday was cold but sunny – there must have been some other reason for being late.
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