Europa League: Chelsea receive low ticket allocation for Amsterdam final, but Rafael Benitez is just happy to get there

Only 9,800 of 52,000 tickets available to Blues fans after Europa League semi-final win over Basle

Chelsea fans face a struggle to get tickets for their club’s Europa League final against Benfica in Amsterdam in 12 days’ time after Uefa announced last night that the club have been given an allocation of just 9,800 in a stadium that holds more than 52,000 spectators.

Having beaten Basle 3-1 last night with goals from Fernando Torres, Victor Moses and David Luiz, the club broke the bad news on their website to supporters who had hoped to get tickets for the game in the Amsterdam Area, home of Ajax. The club say they are powerless to help, with the decision made by Uefa who are expected to distribute the majority of their tickets to the “Uefa family”.

Already last night tickets were on sale online for £250 and the price is expected to climb steeply. The cheapest tickets made available to Chelsea fans will be £39, with the most expensive priced at £117. The club is estimated to have more than 24,000 season ticket holders.

As for Rafa Benitez, who is in his fourth European final across his time at Valencia, Liverpool and his current job, there was a brief call for the hostile Chelsea support to acknowledge the progress of his team. He said: “We're doing our jobs as professionals. Since the talk at Middlesbrough [27 February], I think we've won 11 of 13 games at home, which is quite good. We are doing our job. Hopefully a lot of them, they will appreciate that.”

He added: “I said before, and I can keep saying the same, with all the circumstances that were around at the beginning: the situation with the squad, and being without Demba Ba, a squad in transition, we were doing a good job. We were professional trying to improve things without much time, and we did well. Hopefully we can finish even better.”

“I'm really pleased to be there [in the final]. We've worked so hard during the year to be in finals and semi-finals, and now we're in another final. The players deserve to be there.

“I'm really pleased for the players and everyone here. It's an opportunity for the club. It'll be tough because Benfica are a really good team and hard to play against, but at least we are there. With the commitment and the quality, we'll have a chance for sure.”

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral