English Football: Champions League And Europa League Final
Take a look at the two European premier competitions, and you can not fail to look at the nationality of the teams.
There are three English clubs set to battle it out for two trophies, with a sole Spanish side vying for glory too.
Of course, Arsenal had the opportunity to pip Villarreal to the post and reach the Europa League final, an all-English affair but could not get the job done.
In many ways, the fact that England is dominating the European club scene tells us a lot about the state of English football and what fans might see in the future.
England’s Position Now
At least, it is not surprising if you take the past couple of seasons into account.
Only one English team – Chelsea – made the Champions League final from 2012 to 2017, with Spanish and German teams dominating the showpiece during the wilderness years.
Real Madrid, for example, won three titles on the bounce, leading football magazine Four Four Two to analyze Zinedine Zidane when at his best and how he keeps on winning.
However, even when Real won the last of their European Cups in 2018, there was already a shift towards England as Liverpool ran them exceedingly close and arguably only lost due to a poor goalkeeping performance.
After shoring up the GK and central defense roles with Allison Becker and Virgil van Dijk, they comfortably beat Spurs in 2019, as per The Guardian.
That year, Man City was the best side in England and arguably could have made the final if it was not for a poor performance from Tottenham in the quarter-finals.
This year, Man City will make their first appearance in the final, while Chelsea will make their third.
Of course, the odds for an English team to win the Champions League are short, but the Europa League should be a different story.
However, that is the same process, with Man United heavy favorites at odds of 1.38 at football sites like Space Casino, while Villarreal is at 2.75.
English clubs favoritism has been long in the making, ever since Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool got the ball rolling in 2018.
Young Talents Are Turning into Superstars
It is impossible to argue that City, United, or Chelsea would have made it to their respective European finals without the help of their English players.
But this time, instead of Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard, there is a new, exciting generation of talent leading the charge.
Phil Foden is rightly at the center of the footballing world attention because he already appears to be at home against world-class opponents.
Scoring vital goals in the quarter-finals against Dortmund in the second leg of the semi-final highlights his quality and how important he is to the side.
Debate sites like talkSPORT say he can better than Paul Scholes, and there is talk that he can win the Ballon D’Or award in the future.
However, Mason Mount bagged against Real Madrid, while Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have been showcasing why they deserve to be mentioned in the same conversation all year.
With the Euros on the horizon and plenty of English talent to fit into the first 11, it is exciting for all England supporters as they deserve to be among the favorites. When you look at the wealth of talent at Gareth Southgate’s disposal, you can see why.
Peer under the surface, and you will see that the two main domestic European finals show the Premier League and England national team in a healthy light.