Tony Pulis not happy at Europa League trip chaos.
Stoke will take to the field for their final Europa League Group E match against Besiktas less than 22 hours after touching down in Istanbul following a nightmare journey yesterday.
Yesterday’s journey was supposed to be the shortest of the lot but a scheduled four-hour flight from Manchester turned into a seven-hour trip taking in three airports and resulting in the Stoke party eventually touching down at 10.30pm.
Their initial departure was delayed by congestion in Turkish airspace and when they did finally reach their destination they were forced to land at Sabiha Gekcen International Airport on the Asian side of the city.
The plane was then kept on the tarmac for more than two hours before making the short hop to Ataturk Airport across the Bosphorus.
Pulis was clearly irritated by the situation but chose to keep his thoughts largely to himself.
The Potters boss said: “At the moment I just don’t want to comment on what’s happened. We’re all here safe and sound. We just have to get on with it. We’ll get a good night’s rest and look forward to playing the game.
“When we arrived at the first airport they said there was an opportunity to get a bus across but that would have taken another two and a half hours, so we decided to stay on the plane.”
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
OK, so Stoke City have already qualified. Besiktas will clinch a spot in the next round if they avoid defeat against the Potters. The Britannia Stadium side ‘somehow’ have a complete nightmare journey to Turkey the day before the game. Is this all a coincidence?