Fulham delayed in 27-hour road trip to Hamburg
Roy Hodgson's Fulham had to overcome a major traffic jam in Germany before completing their 27-hour road trip to Hamburg for their Europa League semi-final.
Fulham's road trip delay.
Volcanic ash caused the club to ditch plans to fly to Hamburg and make the 600-mile trip by road instead, but Hodgson's side were delayed as a jack-knifed lorry on the autobahn caused the team coach to remain at a standstill for three hours.
The team's much-needed physio session was delayed because of the traffic jam, but Hodgson was nonetheless upbeat ahead of the match.
''We were on the road for 17 hours from leaving Motspur Park (where Fulham train) to arriving at the Hyatt (hotel) in Hamburg,'' Hodgson said. ''Three hours of that was standing in a queue thanks to a traffic accident on the autobahn.
''The plan was to arrive here at 1.30pm to have lunch and that would have given us all afternoon for the physio to work with the players. Because of the delay, they didn't get to look at them until 5pm, which is a further disadvantage but that, I hope, won't hamper us.
''It will be a little bit harder for us. It is not ideal preparation for an important game.''
Hamburg boss Bruno Labbadia, however, had little sympathy for the Cottagers as he looks to book a place in the final, which is also being played at the Hamburg Arena.
The German said: ''For Fulham it would have been a risk to fly, a risk they couldn't take. It will be the same for us for the game against Hoffenheim. I would say this is part and parcel of the game and you just have to cope with it, to deal with it.''