Is English football losing its lust in Europe?
What is going on? Last year three English sides were up for the title in quarter-finals. Now the reputation of English football relies only on Chelsea.
Manchester City and Manchester United did not pass the initial stages of the competition, and Arsenal was swept away by an amazing Milan lead by an even more amazing Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Of course, a second leg still remains to be played, but, frankly, even Arsène Wegner is pessimistic, saying that their performance, last Wednesday, was “the worst in Europe ever”. Something similar was said a few days ago when Chelsea´s manager Andre Villas-Boas stated that his team defeat to Everton (2-0) was the worst of the season so far. So let´s just way that right now it is difficult to have faith on Chelsea, the only English team alive in Champions. They will face Napoli next Tuesday in Stadio San Paolo.
If neither Arsenal nor Chelsea passes this round, it would mean the worst European Cup performance in 16 years by English teams.
On the other side, Italian football seems to be making a comeback. Napoli beat Manchester City, and Milan crashed Arsenal.
Could it be that Italians are back, and English teams are rapidly fading way? Or are we jumping to conclusions too soon?