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Champions League: How far can the Premier League teams go?

Aravind Ashok
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11.33K   //    04 Feb 2018, 17:07 IST

SSC Napoli v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League
Manchester City are one of the top contenders

The Champions League is about to restart after the winter lull, with the Round of 16 first leg matches scheduled for the latter half of February. The 2017-18 season was the first time the Premier League had five representatives in the UEFA Champions League.

It is only the second time that a single league had these many teams in a season - the first being La Liga in 2015/16. However, the English clubs together created history by making England the first country to have five teams in the competition's last 16.

Given the money spent in recent years, it is a surprise that they haven't been performing as well, in the competition's recent past, as they should have.

Chelsea, under Roberto Di Matteo, were the last English side to win the Champions League in 2011-12, and since then, only twice has an English team reached the semi-final stage (Chelsea in 2013-14 and Manchester City in 2015-16) and both failed to make it to the final.

However, this season, the fortunes seem to have changed. On five of the previous six occasions that all English clubs involved have reached the knockout stage, at least one has made it to the final. Will one of them win it this time? Here's a brief analysis of each team's chances of lifting Europe's biggest trophy.


#1 Manchester City

A class apart in this season's Premier League, Manchester City are arguably the most likely team from England to win the Champions League. Having lost a bit of their swashbuckling form from the first half of the season, City will be hoping that the likes of Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy can return to fitness to bolster their ranks.

Basel await them in the round of 16, a tie that should be pretty comfortable for a side of City's calibre.

If things are how they are currently, City can wrap up the league title way early and have the freedom to rest key players. That combined with the quality of their squad, means they will be a match for anybody and should be considered one of the favourites to win the trophy.

With this team, in this form, anything less than a final would be a disappointment!

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