Bad day for English soccer and both Manchester clubs. United lost to FC Basel in a dramatic game and Manchester City won their game at home 2-0 against the Bayern Munich reserve, but Napoli didn’t play and beat Villareal 2-0 as well.
Both, United and City, will now continue their campaigns in the Europa League. The two top Premier League teams not making it out of the group stages in the Champions League surprised soccer experts world wide.
Today and tomorrow it counts for the Barclay’s English Premier League clubs. Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are fighting for survival in the UEFA Champions League. While Manchester United and Chelsea can advance on their own, City is not so fortunate. City’s fortune is depending on Villareal and their mood. The Spanish must deliver a point in the game against Napoli and City win their game against Bayern Munich. Bayern Munich is traveling to Manchester as the group winner and is not very concerned about the outcome of this trip. There lies City’s chance for a win. The rest will be praying… Continue reading
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Tagged Barclay's English Premier League, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, FC Valencia, Manchester City, Manchester United, Napoli, UEFA Champions League, Villareal
It’s been a while since three of four English clubs playing the Champions League face elimination before the last game in the group stage. Manchester United’s tie at the “Theater of Dreams” against Benfica and Manchester City’s loss in Napoli might have just set the stage for a bad awakening.
With Chelsea facing a “deciding” match at Bayer Leverkusen, they might just join the club. What’s the situation? Manchester City is already in the terrible situation that they completely depend on help from others. In other words, besides of winning their own game against Bayern Munich, they also need a Villareal win, or at least a tie, against Napoli. Tall order. City looks like they continue in the Europa League for the rest of the season.
Manchester City has an advantage. They can manage moving on on their own. They just need to win in Basel in order to be sure to advance. There is a pretty high chance that United is going to do so. However, there is a real chance that they might continue in the Europa League as well. Basel already snatched 3 points from United, in the “Theater of Dreams”.
Chelsea is a group with Leverkusen, Valencia and Genk. A Valencia win against Genk tomorrow and a Leverkusen win against Chelsea will leave the English 1 point down of Leverkusen and tied with Valencia. The last game in that group is Valencia at Stamford Bridge. And there, “the grapes are not hanging that high anymore”.
There is a lot of theory in this “speculation”. However, in the past years, there weren’t many moments when the English clubs were subject to such discussion. This fact alone leaves a lot of space for discussion.
It is usually agreed on that the Barclay’s English Premier League is the strongest league in the world. It might be wise to start reconsider that and possibly, like in the business world, just downgrade a notch: The top four in England are top European contenders. It is certainly not more at this point, even if they still all advance.
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Tagged Barclay's English Premier League, Basel, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Champions League, Chelsea, Europa League, Genk, Manchester City, Manchester United, Napoli, Theater of Dreams, Valencia, Villareal