The Premier League’s romance with the Champions League has somewhat dwindled in recent seasons. Could this year’s teams reignite that footballing spark?
Liverpool have already booked their place in the quarter finals, beating Porto 5-0 on aggregate after their 0-0 draw yesterday.
Manchester City and Tottenham take to the field on Wednesday whilst Manchester United and Chelsea both play next week.
In their respective first leg ties City, Spurs and Liverpool stood out, putting in assertive and charismatic performances.
Pep Guardiola’s side destroyed Swiss Champions Basel, winning by four goals to nil with the Reds going one better, putting five past Porto.Embed from Getty Images
Tottenham came from behind to draw against last year’s finalists Juventus, earning many plaudits from the footballing world.
Despite positive first leg performances, Chelsea and Manchester United still have tough tests ahead playing Spanish duo Barcelona and Sevilla.
Both sides drew their first leg tie but are all still in with a chance of progressing to the last eight.
Many believed English sides would falter at this stage, with teams in recent seasons failing to make it in to the last eight.
The days of all English knockout games seemed to be over with Spain and Germany tarnishing the Premier League’s competitive reputation.
Manchester United v Chelsea in the 2007/08 final. Luis Garcia’s ghost goal against Chelsea in 2004/05 semi-final. These games have helped establish the Premier League’s exciting brand of football, but where has it all gone wrong?Embed from Getty Images
Six years ago was the last time an English side reached the Champions League final.
That famous night at the Allianz saw Chelsea defeat Bayern Munich in their own back yard, defying all odds and winning their first Champions League trophy.
Whilst Martin Tyler’s words of “he’s done it!” Still ring loud in many football fans’ ears, many Premier League clubs in recent years have found it hard to compete with Europe’s elite.
However, could this be the year that the power shifts to the Premier League?
This year’s crop of Premier League sides have acquired some of the best talent in the footballing world, bringing exciting styles of football for all to see.
Soon to be Premier League champions Manchester City focused specifically on their defence, spending well over £200 million on their back line with Ederson being the star buy.
Liverpool’s counter press tactics have made for exciting viewing, summer signing Mohamed Salah has been a revelation, fitting in perfectly Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino.
Tottenham have become a solid competitor in recent years, their solid defence backed up by the ever-reliable Harry Kane.
Chelsea have built from the back; manager Antonio Conte’s defensive minded tactics have ensured defensive solidarity as well as adding Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud to bolster their attack.
Manchester United’s recent addition of Alexis Sanchez has strengthened their attacking options, their squad now one of the strongest in Europe.
Although Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have all gone far and even winning the Europa League, several Premier League sides have struggled to make an impact in Europe’s bigger competition.
However, with these Premier League sides at the peak of their powers, the rest of Europe will be quaking in their football boots, hoping to avoid any of the English sides should they progress.
With some big names already sent packing, can an English side win Europe’s most prestigious footballing tournament?
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