October 25, 2012 by Tejmgas
Only one English team won in the Champions League this week. And it was against Braga at home.
That is really all that needs to be said.
After seeing the atrocity that unfolded last week, I thought to myself ‘how did this happen?’
It seemed not so long ago that English teams such as Manchester United and Chelsea were dominating Europe, destroying every team they played. In 2008, three English teams made it to the semi-finals, with 2 two teams contesting an all English final. Where has it gone wrong?!
I’ll tell you where.
The simple fact is, English teams are no longer to be feared in Europe. Not only has the quality of the teams greatly reduced but they are showing a complacency and lack of drive never seen before. Reserve teams are being put out to play the likes of Ajax and quite frankly, this isn’t going to work. Many thought English teams had learned to stop being complacent after United were knocked out in the group stages in the easiest group of them all but this doesn’t seem to be the case.
Furthermore, teams like Arsenal no longer have the squads to compete with the likes of Barcelona and for that there doesn’t seem to be any easy solution. Ok, maybe it was a bit unfair to pick on Arsenal when really no English team has a chance against Barca………………
My point is, unless something is done don’t expect to see any English team in the finals of the Champions league for many years to come. On the other hand, if you’re Spanish or German, i’d suggest buying tickets for the finals in advance……..