The English teams participating in the Champions League have just made history managing to all qualify for the knockout stage of the competition. It’s an impressive result that once more goes to show how far the Premier League has come in the last years. But will any of the five teams have the strength to win the competition?
Manchester City strolled past their opponents, as they have done this year in the EPL. Guardiola’s team finish with 15 points, after having won their first five games. City is at this stage, perhaps, English biggest hope at bringing home the trophy.
Manchester rivals United have won their group. Mourinho’s men, however, needed to wait for the last game of the group to confirm their advancement to the next round. United lost only one game and have improved a good deal since last season, will hope they can challenge for the trophy.
Liverpool set a new record in terms of goals scored. Klopp’s team managed 23 in the group stage, the best any English team has done in this stage of the contest. Liverpool has sure proven they can score, but defensive errors will need to be kept to a minimum to further advance in the competition.
Champions Chelsea are the only English team not to have topped their group. The current EPL champions will be pleased with themselves, however, after having progressed following a group that also included Atletico Madrid and Roma.
Tottenham has been the nicest surprise of any of the English clubs, having won a group that featured Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid. Pochettino’s team won against both teams. The stage looks set for Spurs to make a massive impact on the competition, with many believing they could even turn out as winners. Spurs’ performances in the Premier League have not been to their usual standard, which could, in turn, mean the team will need to focus on Champions League instead, making them a force to be reckoned with.