No travel complaints for Lucas
Lucas Leiva does not want to use Liverpool's energy-sapping journey to Madrid as an excuse.
Last Updated: 21/04/10 10:16am
Lucas Leiva does not want to use Liverpool's energy-sapping journey to Madrid as an excuse in the Europa League semi-finals.
The Reds have been forced to undertake a daunting 24-hour trip by train, coach and plane ahead of Thursday's first leg against Atletico Madrid.
But Brazilian midfielder Lucas insists Liverpool cannot blame the travel chaos caused by the volcanic ash cloud that has engulfed Europe if they are not at their best.
"When I was younger, I lived in Porto Alegre to play for Gremio and my hometown was 1300kms away. I used to go back by coach quite a lot on holiday," he said.
"That was 24 hours, sometimes more. It's a long time since I did that, but when I go to Brazil it takes a whole day to get there.
"You just have to relax, so we will have plenty of movies, PSP, books, whatever, and a lot of things to talk about, so we have to enjoy it.
"The problem in Brazil is if you don't live in Rio or Sao Paulo, you have to make connections, so it takes a long time to get anywhere.
"Uefa didn't cancel the game, so all we can do now is try to reach the final. We cannot complain because it is the only option. It will not be easy, but we have to be calm and focused."