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Is an English Winner of the Champions League a possibility or an inevitability?

At the quarter final stage, all four English teams remain - the first time this has happened in ten seasons

Paris Saint Germain were one of the favourites to win the Champions League this year. They have dominated their domestic league and are incredibly overpowered in FIFA. It was inevitable that they would win everything there was to win in France, so a shock 3-1 defeat to Manchester United
was a real shock especially after winning the first leg at Old Trafford.

The final teams remain, and it’s all to play for. The powerhouses remaining are Juventus with their blistering pace, pressure tactics and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. Barcelona remain the team with the G.O.A.T. himself Lionel Messi, and Ajax are the dark horse having beaten Real Madrid 4-1 at the Bernabeu. And finally, we have four English teams in the last eight. Evidently this could lead to an all English final in the Champions League. The first matches which kick off on the 9th April are Liverpool vs. FC Porto and Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City. Both hugely anticipated games where anything can happen if we go by how the tournament has gone so far.

The next matchups kick off the day after, with Manchester United vs. Barcelona and Ajax vs. Juventus. These games should not be missed and are sure to be exciting matchups. My big pick to watch is Man United vs. Barcelona. Can the newly appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cause an upset against one of the best sides in the world, and keep raising the hopes of all the Manchester United fans? Manchester United must think carefully and be patient when playing against a side of this magnitude.

Another great matchup will be Manchester City vs. Tottenham. This match will have that extra edge as two high calibre Premier League clubs fight it out for the chance to be in the Champions League semi-finals. To make things more interesting, City will play Tottenham in the league between the two Champions League legs. City are still in for the quadruple currently, so Tottenham could potentially derail a historic season if they can find their form. Manchester City are predicted to win this match, but as we know, we can never predict who could come out on top in such a high stakes fixture.

It would be great if two English teams made the Champions League semi-finals; it would truly show the dominance of English football in today’s era. We all know that the Premier League is the best league in the world, with its huge competitiveness and the unpredictability, but we have never stood out as being dominant champions of the European stage. This year could change all of that.