By 90Min
November 03, 2017

It has now been five years since an English team lifted the Champions League trophy - I know, shocking! The last time a Premier League team experienced success was back in 2012, when Didier Drogba inspired Chelsea to overcome Bayern Munich on penalties to lift their first CL trophy. 

Since then, the competition has been hugely dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid as La Liga has seen a vast improvement from its bigger teams. 


And after five years of exile from the final of the competition, English sides look to be bouncing back! Of the five Premier League sides currently in the group stages, three of them (Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United) sit top of their group, with each of the three still unbeaten thus far. Chelsea sit second in their group after losing to Roma in midweek, but poor results from Atletico Madrid means they are on course to qualify. 

And it's not that the English sides are scraping results and looking unstable at the top of their groups - they're absolutely flying. United have won all of their games and have only conceded one goal thus far, showing their solidarity in the group. Admittedly, competing against Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moscow shouldn't be a problem for Jose Mourinho's side, but they have performed when needed and deservedly sit top of their group. 

Liverpool have a tough final two games to contest, but putting 10 past Maribor over two games has set them up for their away clash against Sevilla - a game that will more than likely decide the group winner. 

Spurs have come off the back of a memorable 3-1 victory against Real Madrid to sit top of their group, gaining ten points from four games in a group that includes Zinedine Zidane's side, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia - not bad going. Chelsea have had a mixed bag thus far, winning two, drawing one and losing one as they trail Roma in Group C.

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But it's Manchester City who have been the standout of all the English sides. Winning all of their games looks more than impressive, but noting that they twice overcame a resurgent Napoli side who have one of the most formidable attacking front-lines in world football is really eye opening. 

Pep Guardiola's side are a force to be reckoned with, and they have shown multiple times this season that they are capable of blowing teams away if given the opportunity. Huge victories over Liverpool and Watford, and a hard fought 1-0 win away to Chelsea shows that they are capable of winning any game. 

This form has since been replicated in the Champions League. Napoli sit top of Serie A, unbeaten and looking like real Scudetto contenders. So to go to the Stadio San Paolo and put four past a team that have regularly eased past Italian teams week-in-week-out is something that shouldn't be ignored. 


City have shown that they are capable of competing and beating the best, and this new mindset and ability will see them finish the season with a Champions League trophy back at the Etihad. Guardiola's side have quality options throughout at the squad, a winning mentality and a new ruthless streak instilled.

Winning the Champions League requires a certain degree of luck, so they may have to hope for a good draw and a consistently fit squad, but should they be drawn against a Barcelona or Real Madrid, they are more equipped than ever to step up to the task. 

With a manager who knows how to win the Champions League and players with enough quality to do so, City will leave victorious, and Guardiola's name will go down in history at the Etihad. 

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