Manchester City are the latest English team to be knocked out of the Champions League after a poor performance in a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp last night. City are the fourth and last English team to be knocked out of this year’s Champions League, which begs the question, are the top English teams anywhere close to being on par with other European giants?
Judging on recent years, the answer to that question would be an emphatic, no. After Liverpool were surprisingly unable to break out of the group stages, our hopes rested on the last three teams, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City. Who, unfortunately were disappointingly unable to get past the round of 16, which yet again proves that we have a long, long way to go, to get anywhere near the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
It’s the second time in three seasons that the Premier League hasn’t had any representatives in the last 8 out of the Champion’s League, meaning something has to be done. The rise of the Spanish superpowers, Real Madrid and Barcelona has proved a particular problem for English clubs with Manchester City becoming the seventh Premier League team to be knocked out by either of them in the last 6 years. It can surely be no coincidence that Spain’s domestic golden era coincides with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo establishing themselves as the best players in the world and helping their teams to victory after victory, however there’s no question about it, the Premier League clubs should be doing better in Europe.