Opinion: The Premier League reigns in Europe once again

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool give their team instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It’s been a full decade since the English Premier League manages to squeeze all four clubs in the Champions League’s Quarterfinals, they reign again.

It’s a historic day for English football and the Barclays Premier League, as Liverpool FC’s win over Bayern Munich included all four clubs from England in next Friday’s Quarterfinal draw.

There have only been two other seasons in which all clubs from the Premier League have gone through to this instance ever, the last time was ten years ago, and the other one was a year prior to that.

For the 2007-08 season, we got a final between Manchester United and Chelsea in Moscow after both squads defeated FC Barcelona and Liverpool in the semifinals, respectively.

But the eerie part comes a year after that, in a competition that gave us four English clubs, FC Barcelona and Porto FC making it to the tournament’s quarterfinals.

On that year, we got a Messi vs Ronaldo final in Rome that the Catalan club ended up winning to complete their first Treble in history.

But that is not where the similarities between this season and that one from a decade ago stop, there are still some that are even more hard to fathom and we are going to talk about them.

We can’t really finish this piece without mentioning the elephant in the room, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

During that season, Pep Guardiola was also coaching a dominant squad and his club went on to win all six tournaments they competed for during 2009.

There is no question that this year, Manchester City is the club that seems like the most dominant of the bunch from England but the other four also look quite frightening to face.

Whether it’s Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, or Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

All four of the Premier League’s clubs present the most challenging squads apart from the obvious FC Barcelona or Juventus, their official return to the very top in European football is complete and everybody expects them to deliver historic performances in the quarterfinals that could maybe even get them a ticket to the tournament’s final by the end of the season at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 12: Mario Goetze (R) of Muenchen and Juergen Klopp, head coach of Dortmund shake hands prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on April 12, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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The obvious two major obstacles for all English squads to beat, will be Lionel Messi’s FC Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus.

It’s been 11 seasons with those two players completely dominating the landscape, the club that has them has at least a claim for the title by the end of the season.

With Liverpool’s road to last season’s final in the Champions League, the Reds are the living proof that the English clubs have been preparing for the last five years to get a reward as great as this one.

Judging how well these squads are currently playing both in England as well as Europe, it’s not hard to think that at least one of them might end up reaching the final by the end of the season.

Both Liverpool and Manchester City seem like the most equipped squads to get that far, but we can’t leave Manchester United or Tottenham out of the equation.

Any of their chances to get further than the Champions League’s quarterfinals will depend directly on which club they get in next Friday’s draw, we are all going to eagerly watch for any new development that comes out way and report on it.

There is no question that all those years of preparation paid off, the English Premier League is back to its old glory days but none of this effort will count if one of these squads doesn’t win the competition by the end of the season.

Manager Pep Guardiola has repeatedly stated that Manchester City is not ready to win it yet, but this might very well be a reverse psychology strategy to provoke his players in order to improve. What do you reckon?

Which of the Premier League squads has the bigger chance of winning the Champions League this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.


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