How Are English Teams Getting On in the Champions League?
There has been a considerable drop-off in English teams in the Champions League over the past few years. But things seem to be looking up this season, as three English teams have already booked their place in the last sixteen and another two are on the brink of topping their respective groups.
Tottenham, Man City and Chelsea have already secured their place in the last 16, topping their groups. Liverpool are set to do things the hard way once again as a Sevilla come-back saw the Reds throw away a three-goal advantage at half-time to settle with a draw.
Manchester United, after winning all four of their group games, were undone by Basel on Wednesday night. Man-of-the match Michael Lang sealed a victory for the Swiss side in the 89th minute, after the Red Devils saw a number of chances rattle the woodwork in the first half.
Let’s have a closer look at how the English contingent are doing in Europe:
Sat atop of Group C - Chelsea have overcome some tough games. They’ve already qualified, and will definitely finish top if they beat Atletico Madrid in their final game. If they lose, and Roma win in their final game, the Italian side will leap-frog the London side to top spot.
Spurs deserve a round of applause for topping Group H. We’d written Tottenham off when they were dealt the ‘Group of Death’, pitched against current champions Real Madrid and Bundesliga aces Borussia Dortmund.
Needless to say, they’ve absolutely smashed it. They’ve bagged a win and a draw against Real and fully deserve their top spot.
Guardiola’s City have been worryingly brilliant this season. Their Champions League campaign has gotten off to a smashing start as they have won all of their five games so far, deservedly placing them in the last-16 with one game to go.
Their last game doesn’t matter, as nothing can take the top spot from them now.
Despite a slight hiccup against Basel, Manchester United still only need one point in their final game against CSKA Moscow to finish top of Group A. If Basel can beat Benfica and CSKA can pull off an incredible 6-goal margin victory against United in the final game, then they won’t progress at all. Quite an ask for the Russian side though.
They like to do things the hard way. A win against Sevilla would have secured a last-16 place, and things seemed to be going swimmingly as Liverpool were 3-0 up at half time. A second half revival from Sevilla saw the game finish 3-3, and leaving Liverpool requiring a victory against Spartak Moscow at Anfield to finish top. A draw will see Liverpool qualify, but if they lose, and other results go against them, they could be out of the competition all together.
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