English club success in Europe
English clubs are finding a lot of success in Europe this season, with all six teams making it to the quarter final stage, four of them in the Champions League, the first time in a decade clubs from one country has reached that achievement.
As the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League near, four English teams will compete, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the Champions League, and Chelsea and Arsenal in the Europa League.
This recalls memories of Premier League success in Europe in the 2000s where for two successive seasons four semifinalists in Europe’s elite competition were clubs from England, and Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all making it to Champions League finals inside three years (2005-2008), with Liverpool and Manchester United winning the competition.
What are the chances of an English winner?
In the Champions League Liverpool face a tough test against fellow five time winners Barcelona, while Spurs take on the dark horses of the competition Ajax.
Liverpool will be looking to go one better than last season in the competition by winning the competition after losing to Real Madrid in the final 3-1.
Jurgen Klopps men has turned his side into one of the best in Europe, beating German champions Bayern Munich 3-1 away and challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Tottenham has just come of an amazing quarterfinal tie with Manchester City, drawing 5-5 on aggregate, with the game at the Etihad Stadium being one of, if not the most entertaining game of the year so far.
Chelsea, who has won both the Champions League and Europa League this decade, will face Frankfurt, while Arsenal were drawn against Valencia.
With both Premier League clubs being massive favouri, it sets up an all London final in May.
Liverpool has won the most European trophies with 11. Manchester United with 6, Chelsea with 5, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forrest with 3, West Ham United, Leeds United, Newcastle United and Arsenal with 2 each.