The UEFA Champions League: From Anfield to Kyiv English Clubs Rule Supreme
Updated: 22nd September 2023
This is surely one of better UEFA Champions League seasons for English clubs. The participation of as many as five teams is an all-time high count. All the five were able to do well in the Group stages and progress into the knock-out rounds.
While last season's English Premier League champions Chelsea were unfortunate to have run into a side like Barcelona in the Round of 16, they can take satisfaction of coming out second-best to Roma in their cluster and beat a formidable Atletico Madrid in their own backyard in one of the Group matches.
Tottenham played exemplary football to top their Group which had the invincible Real Madrid and astonishingly beat the eleven-time champions at Wembley in a Group encounter.
Mauricio Pochettino's men were unlucky to have lost narrowly to a powerful Juventus in one of the more fascinating clashes of the championship. Manchester United's exit at the hands of a determined Sevilla, home at Old Trafford, was regrettable. The Red Devils put in one of their worst performances of the season in a match they were tipped to win easily.
Manchester City were incredible until the time they ran into another English club in the form of Liverpool. The current Premier League champions were humbled 2-5 in the Round of 8 by a side who no one expected would reach the finals….and just how Liverpool have progressed on the road to European glory!!.
The Reds have made one of the most emphatic entries into a UEFA Champions League finals ever.
They remained unbeaten in all their initial 11 encounters and were ultimately beaten 2-4 at Rome in the 2nd leg.
The two late but futile goals from Roma came when Jurgen Klopp's boys virtually had the semi-final tie wrapped up.
Liverpool helped themselves to an astonishing count of 40 goals in the Championship which is just one short of Real Madrid's record tally of 41 in 2015, a figure the Reds hope to equal if not surpass at Kyiv on May 27th.
The Anfield club's progress was marked by crushing wins of 10-0 over Maribor, 5- 0 over Porto and 5-2 over Manchester City. They will have to thank the exploits of the incredible striking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane who have helped themselves to total of 29 goals.
This is not to take away the great back-up job in the mid-field and defensive spaces from the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and the talented 19-year old center-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
This will be Liverpool's first entry into a UCL finals since 2005 and fans can feel confident that this is one side that looks capable of denying Zinedine Zidane & Ronaldo’s Real Madrid their third European title in a row. Way to go, Liverpool!!
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