Is Arsene Wenger right about the deline of English clubs in the Champions League?

For the second time since the introduction of a group stage in 1994-95 there will be no English clubs in the quarter-final rounds of Champions League.

Manchester United lost to La Liga giants Real Madrid while Arsenal went out to Bayern Munich despite winning the return leg at the Allianz Arena.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger termed it as “massive disappointment” as none of the top level English sides could make it to the quarters when only last season Chelsea became the Champions of Europe.

Wenger said as quoted in the press:

“It is a massive disappointment for English football, for a number of years we are not used to that.

“It is a massive wake-up call for us because we had Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and us all out before the quarter-finals.”

Meanwhile, former Manchester United player and now football pundit Gary Neville feels that this is just a dip but there is no denial that English football is not going through a strong phase.

Neville said as quoted in the press:

“From 2005 to 2012 we had eight or nine finalists, which is a ridiculous success rate when you include semi-finals as well.

“But Barcelona and Real Madrid are stronger, the German teams are stronger, Juventus look like they are getting back to it.

“It works in cycles. You cannot always be at the top. Maybe we are having a period where we are in a little bit of a dip.”

Neville is right here. Just because of one poor season, it is ludicrous to brand entire league as poor or on the verge of decline. Even English clubs had their moments this season.

Had Nani not been sent off in the match against Real Madrid, probably United would have qualified and likewise if Arsenal could have done better at the Emirates, they could have won the tie as well. So, there are reasons to worry, but not to a “massive” extent as Wenger pointed out.

2 comments to Is Arsene Wenger right about the deline of English clubs in the Champions League?

  • Mr man,u are talking rubbish am a chelsea fan and still cannot agree that nani sent off was the reason for their failure,nani did what was wrong and deserve what he got,meanwhile I should blame the deline of english football to man u and fa for ruining the league bcos with the whole lots of unfair judgement and match fixing have brought so many top club morale down in form and elevating only man u.that is wrong,wrong in decision making,how can rio ferdinand not given a ban after he shove torres and kicked him on the achilles bcos they want to recall him back,why alll theses reason be point out as a factor that is declining the english league.what is wrong with u FA,this is killing our teams,and stop blaming ref for man u failure,chelsea was one man down against barcelona and still won,so is not an excuse.stop robbing teams for man u, is very obvious.

  • Bamidele

    This Is Just The Outcome Of The English Football Promotional Approach To Football.Rather Than The Developmental Approach The German,Spanish Employ To Football Which Is Now Paying Off On Their Leagues.If You Remove All The Foreign Footballers From The Premier League.It Will Be One Of The Worst League In Top European Football Nations

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