This week, we witnessed the return of Champions League football. First phase had already been done with last year. It was time for some knockout football on the biggest football stage in Europe.
The Round of 16 fixtures continues next week but this week featured some exciting games, including heavy wins by teams playing away from home and some crucial away goals. Of all the teams that played away this week, only PSG failed to win or pick a draw.
That’s not the only strange thing about this year’s UCL Round of 16. If you’ve noticed, there are 5 English teams still in the running for the title this year. Three of them – Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool – already have a fair-enough first leg result. Two of them – Chelsea and Manchester United – will play later this week.
In a way, we may just see more than three English teams in the quarter-finals of this year’s UEFA Champions League, something that has not happened in a long time. For the past few years, the competition, at this stage, is usually filled with a lot of teams from the Spanish La Liga.
But we now have more Premier League teams (5) at this stage of the competition than any other league can boast of. After seeing the way Manchester City and Liverpool recorded huge away wins – Liverpool 0-5 victory was a new record in English football – is it safe to say that a Premier League team will win the Champions League trophy this year?
English football is notorious for its tight schedule of games. A team like Manchester City is still in the running for four trophies. Manchester United will be looking to hold on to second on the log and also push as far as possible in the FA Cup.
The same can be said about the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham. The race for the top four will be paramount on the minds of the managers of these clubs. Adding this to the pressure of facing the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and co. can become too much for some of the English clubs.
But with five teams still in the competition, the Premier League, mathematically-speaking, has the highest chance of producing the next winner of the UEFA Champions League trophy. It’s been a while since an English club won the trophy – since 2012.
And having an English winner won’t be such a bad thing. But which English team do you think can go all the way, brush aside teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and co. and go on to win this year’s UCL trophy? Can you see any of these five teams –Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – winning it?
Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.