With Wednesday’s Champions League second legs having ended, we now know the eight teams who will compete in this season’s quarter-finals and the Premier League dominates with four clubs present – both Manchester clubs (City and United), Liverpool and Tottenham.
Pep Guardiola’s City claimed an impressive 7-0 win over Schalke after their 3-2 win in Germany, United completed a late comeback to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain on away goals after a 3-3 score-line.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs saw off Borussia Dortmund with a 4-0 aggregate win and Liverpool won 3-1 away to Bayern Munich after a scoreless first leg at Anfield.
Meanwhile, Barcelona will be Spain’s only representative after they destroyed Lyon 5-1 at the Camp Nou, having drawn the first leg in France 0-0.
Ajax, Porto and Juventus are others who are the sole representatives of their respective countries.
England’s best era of the Champions League came in the mid-2000s.
In 2007-08 and 2008-09, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United all reached the quarter-finals.
The past seven seasons have been largely slippery for English sides in the Champions League, punctuated by the odd moment of success, notably Chelsea’s triumph in Munich in 2011-12 and Liverpool reaching last season’s final.
In recent years, Spain has dominated – with three La Liga sides in the last eight in each of the past six seasons. A Spanish side has won each of the past five Champions Leagues – Real Madrid with four and Barcelona with one. Seven of the past 10 finalists have been Spanish with Atletico Madrid losing twice.
But Real’s three-year reign is over, ended brilliantly by Ajax in the last 16 – and Barcelona are the only Spanish side left now.