Fans of Chelsea and Benfica have taken to the streets of Amsterdam to race for a ticket for the Europa League final.
Ahead of the final on Wednesday, May 15 UEFA released 193 balls, one for every team to compete in this season’s competition, into the streets of the Dutch capital.
Once the ball with their team crest was found, the fans set off across the city with skills expert in tow to complete a set of challenges, from hitting targets across the canals to racing through Amsterdam on tandem bikes.
The final challenge was to get to the Amsterdam ArenA and lift the UEFA Europa League trophy and be handed the match day ticket by former Ajax and Barcelona legend Patrick Kluivert.
Watch ‘The Race’ below In a blow to two of Chelsea’s most famous players, manager Rafa Benitez refused to say whether he would start Frank Lampard and John Terry in the final.
The news will hit Lampard hardest as time runs down on his Stamford Bridge career and he remains within touching distance of Bobby Tambling’s all-time goalscoring record.
What I can say is that Lampard will play against Aston Villa,’ said Benitez, an ominous sign given the Spaniard’s penchant for rotation.
Blow: Frank Lampard (left) and John Terry (right) look like they will be left out of the final by Rafa Benitez I cannot say anything about the final.
We have to play another game and, after, we will decide the team for the final.
The only player I can guarantee will be picked is Lampard against Villa.
After, we will see about the final.