'Ridiculous': BBC pundit rips into what he's been reading about Chelsea lately

Mark Lawrenson has ripped into suggestions that Chelsea would face a “gruelling” long bus journey this weekend to face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

The Blues make the trip up north for Saturday evening’s game to play away at Championship side Boro in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

With Chelsea working under imposed sanctions, there has been talk about a cap on their spending for travel costs.

The Evening Standard reported Thomas Tuchel’s side could potentially face 10-hour round “gruelling” bus journey.

However, Blues manager Tuchel has confirmed today today in a pre-match press conference that his squad have been granted permission to fly across England.

It’s worth pointing out this is a Chelsea group that played out in France on Wednesday night in a tough Champions League win against Lille.

BBC pundit Lawrenson certainly doesn’t have any sympathy for Chelsea, though.

“I’m not sure things are quite as dramatic as some reports in the media are making out – the Chelsea team have been allowed to fly north for this tie but at first their travel expenses were being capped and I was reading how they faced a “gruelling” five-hour bus trip, which is ridiculous. Have you seen the luxury coaches they travel on?” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

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Chelsea must be wary tomorrow

Yes, facing a Championship side for place in the FA Cup semi-final looks extremely inviting on paper.

However, tomorrow is not the time to take the foot off the gas.

Chris Wilder’s Boro have previously beaten Premier League sides Tottenham and Manchester United en route to this season’s quarter-finals, winning both via a penalty shoot-out.

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