It is the richest national league in international football. And according to many also the best, if only according to the English themselves. Although the achievements of the English participants in European club football are still in the shadow of Spain, this year could well be the year of the English.
Manchester City’s historic place in the final, which eliminated Paris Saint-Germain, is a first step. On Wednesday Chelsea can ensure the third fully English final in the Champions League. Then the Londoners have to deal with Real Madrid after the 1-1 last week in their own stadium.
In the Europa League, Manchester United seems certain of a place in the final after the 6-2 win over AS Roma in the first game, the second since that of 2017 when Ajax was defeated 2-0.
Whether Arsenal will reach the final, just like in 2019, is a lot less certain. Against Villarreal, the team was clearly the inferior last week and got away well with a small defeat (2-1).
Repetition of 2019
Once before, both finals were contested by teams from a country. England also had the scoop two years ago. Partly thanks to a whim of Lucas Moura in stoppage time in Amsterdam and an unlikely comeback from Liverpool against Barcelona, the Champions League ended in a All England Final.
Liverpool, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk, was 2-0 too strong for Tottenham Hotspur in that final in Madrid.
A few days earlier, Chelsea had seized the overall victory in the Europa League in the Azerbaijani capital Baku by beating city rivals Arsenal 4-1.