After Chelsea defeated Basel in the semi-final of the Europa League, it was announced that the much maligned competition is now considered the greatest tournament on earth, now that an English team has reached final.
Last year, journalist Kevin Daniels wrote, ‘Is everyone else as sick of the ridiculous tournament as I am? A collection of also ran’s and never were's playing out dull contests for the right to be named 33rd best team on the continent? Is that something to strive for? It’s certainly nothing to care about.’
However, today the competition was praised by journalist Kevin Daniels, saying ‘Has there ever been a more glorious tourney than the Europa League? There are those who criticize it as ridiculous but I say they are missing out. This is a competition full of champions, striving for the lorry of being named the 2nd best team in Europe.’