Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, says Chelsea’s triumph in the Europa League is a “reward for failure”.
The Gunners London rivals, defeated Benfica 2-1 in the finals played at the Amsterdam ArenA, but the Frenchman was not impressed and called for UEFA to stop clubs from dropping into the Europa League from the Champions League.
When he was asked if Chelsea winning the trophy made him jealous, he replied: “No, no. You just wonder once again, you have two teams who are basically in the final who were in the Champions League.
“We raised that question many times at UEFA.
“Is it right to reward teams basically for failure? Their target at the start of the season was the Champions League, not to win the Europa League.
“The teams who go through to the last 16 of the Champions League don’t have a chance afterwards.
“If I had won the Europa League like Chelsea, I’d have been happy as well.
“It’s a trophy. But it would be easiest if no clubs from the Champions League dropped down. Then you can say that the teams who start the Europa League fight in it together.”