The phrase “there are no easy games in football” seems to echo around every press conference on a weekly basis and there are certainly a few fixtures that managers would like crossed off the football calendar altogether. Whether it’s the inevitable bad weather, the intimidating atmosphere or the questionable components of the half-time pies, some stadiums across the continent evoke an unnerving sense of dread.
The mere mention of these impending away trips invite a sharp intake of breath, followed by the immortal words “that’s a tough place to go”, as concerned friends put a protective arm around your shoulder. The prospect of stealing a goalless draw can fill you with a real sense of optimism, right up until you concede and the home crowd drown out your own valiant cries.
So without further ado, here are the toughest places to go on the European circuit. Here’s hoping you’ve already been to these places this season or can avoid them in any future cup competitions.
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