It is Saturday morning as I type these words, which means there is a whole host of Premier League action ahead of us this weekend.
The two-horsed race between Man City and Liverpool, to see who will win the domestic league trophy is almost close to conclusion. But in Europe, things are only heating-up for the four English sides still left in the elite leagues of European football.
In the Champions League, we know that Spurs will face Dutch under-dogs Ajax in the next round. Spurs knocked out familiar foe in Manchester City in the quarter-finals, which was probably one of the most intense games of football I have seen in quite some time. The contest ended 4-4 on aggregate to the north-London side, but a last minute VAR decision ruled out a potential winner from City’s Raheem Sterling.
Liverpool have drawn Spanish-side Barcelona, in what seems the toughest side of the draw. However the team from Merseyside will draw a lot of confidence from rivals Man United, and their hearted display against the Catalonian’s in the previous round. Liverpool glided past their last opponents Porto, 6-1 on aggregate and are still in contention to win the Premier League, currently sitting top with 85 points.
Both English-sides will compete to reach the final in two weeks time, and will want to make their mark and engrave their name on the Champions League trophy this season!
In the Europa league, two other English clubs looks to maintain their good form in the competition. Arsenal and Chelsea both convincingly progressed to the semi-final stages this past Thursday night.
Arsenal defeated Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli side, cruising past their opponents in two very one sided legs, winning the contest 3-0 on aggregate. Unai Emery’s men will face Valencia in the semi-final stage of the Europa League. While Chelsea led by competition top goal-scorer Olivier Giroud, defeated Slavia Prague 5-3 on aggregate, to continue their road to the finals in Baku.
The English teams have been going through an excellent purple patch this year, putting the Premier league back on the map as ‘the best league in the world’.
The question is-can all four English sides make it to the European finals and face off in two all-English finals?