5 reasons why English teams can win the Champions League
At the close of play on Wednesday evening, you’d be in a spot not to say that Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham are now the favorites to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals, with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola already confidently able to turn their attention to their next European opponents. So the question on everyone's mind is, why does 2018 look like the year English clubs will once again be challenging for the Champions League crown?
Here are 5 reasons why:
#1 Pep Guardiola and his art of winning
Manchester City’s dominance of the Premier League this season makes them a clear favourite, and with a manager who has won Europe’s elite competition several times in his career already and a favourable draw up to this point, the smart money is on the Sky Blues.
The manner in which City have won their games is what’s so impressive, having failed to come up against any formation or tactic that seems to negate their patient, short-passing style. Guardiola has set his team up to play with a similar tempo to his infamous Barcelona side, but with more dynamic wingers in Sane and Sterling, who are given more creative freedom than the likes of Pedro at Barcelona, whose role was to provide Messi with the best opportunity to influence the game. Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva are his Iniesta and Xavi, with the former playing the best football of his career.