Why English Teams Struggle in Europe

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An argument can be made that the English Premier League is the best league in the world. Recently though, they have not performed well in Europe (the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League). Why is this? I believe one reason is EPL teams spend so much energy on trying to qualify for next years European competitions, that when the time comes for them to play in the current tournaments, they’re exhausted. Meanwhile, in leagues like La Liga, Ligue 1, and the Bundesliga, giants Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and PSG are able to rest their best players because the league opposition isn’t as tough. Therefore it isn’t as difficult for them to qualify for Europe. Lately, there have been talks of the Premier League losing one of their Champions League spots. They will need to start performing if they wish to keep those spots. Teams like Manchester City and Liverpool are showing that it is possible for English clubs to do well in Europe. City are in the semis of the Champions League and Liverpool are in the semis of the Europa League. I guess only time will tell if teams in the EPL will begin to thrive in European competitions.

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English Premier League, Match Day 35

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Here is a brief recap of the Premier League matches that took place on match day 35. Kelechi Iheanacho’s  brace helped Manchester City thrash Stoke, 4-0 (Stoke’s second consecutive 4-0 loss). Eden Hazard got on the score sheet twice as Chelsea crushed Bournemouth, 4-1. Southampton easily overcame Aston Villa, 4-2. Newcastle came back from 2-0 down to tie with Liverpool, 2-2. Although Arsenal dominated Sunderland, they were unable to find the back of the net and ended up drawing, 0-0. Title favorites Leicester destroyed Swansea, 4-0. Tottenham drew 1-1 with Tony Pulis’ West Brom, a huge blow to their title aspirations. Well, that’s all for match day 35’s EPL action.

Click on the link below for the current Premier League table:

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/23/table

English Premier League, Mid-Week Matches

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This past week there were a few Premier League matches due to games that had been postponed earlier this season. If you missed any of the action, here is a brief recap. Manchester City and Newcastle drew 1-1 with Sergio Aguero netting his 100th  EPL goal. Mark Noble converted twice from the spot, helping West Ham to a 3-1 victory over Watford. Liverpool destroyed Everton, 4-0, in the 226th Merseyside Derby, one I’m sure Evertonians will soon wish to forget. Manchester United beat Crystal Palace, 2-0. Relegation threatened West Brom fell 2-0 to Arsenal. Well, that’s all for this past week’s Premier League matches.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/23/table

 

English Premier League, Match Day 34

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Here is a brief recap of the Premier League matches that took place on match day 34. Sunderland crushed Norwich, 3-0, collecting a vital three points if they are to avoid relegation. Everton drew 1-1 with Southampton. Aston Villa were officially relegated with their 1-0 loss to Manchester United. Newcastle United routed Swansea, 3-0, keeping their hopes of survival alive. Watford beat West Brom 1-0. Sergio Agüero’s hat-trick gave Manchester City a 3-0 victory over Chelsea. Liverpool defeated Bournemouth 2-1. League leaders Leicester showed signs of vulnerability, tying West Ham, 2-2. They will be missing their top goalscorer, Jamie Vardy for at least one match due to a red card in the 56th minute. Arsenal and Crystal Palace tied 1-1. Tottenham were able to capitalize on Leicester’s trip up, pounding Stoke, 4-0. Well, that’s all for match day 34’s EPL action.

Click on the link below for the current Premier League table:

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/23/table

UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Fixtures

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Below are the UEFA Champions League semi-final fixtures:

Manchester City vs Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich

The UEFA Champions League will kick off on April 26th at 2:45 PM on FS1.

UEFA Champions League, Quarter-Finals, Second Legs

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The second legs of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals are here and the pressure of performing continues to build on the final few teams. Who will snap? If you missed any of the action, here is a brief recap. Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick led Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory over Wolfsburg, coming back from 2-0 down on aggregate, to win 3-2. Kevin De Bruyne’s solo goal in the 76th minute gave Manchester City the edge over PSG (3-2 on aggregate). Defending champions, Barcelona crashed out of the competition, falling 2-0 to Atletico (3-2 on aggregate). Bayern Munich drew 2-2 with Benfica, advancing 3-2 on aggregate. That’s all for the second legs of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Make sure to catch the semis beginning on April 26th.

English Premier League, Match Day 33

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Here is a brief recap of the Premier League matches that took place on match day 33. Andy Carroll’s hat-trick helped West Ham to come back from 2-0 down to tie Arsenal, 3-3. Last placed Aston Villa fell 1-0 to Bournemouth. Crystal Palace beat Norwich, 1-0. Southampton cruised to a 3-1 victory over struggling Newcastle. Swansea defeated Chelsea, 1-0. After recovering from there 4-0 thrashing against Arsenal last weekend, Watford drew 1-1 with Everton. Manchester City overcame an early 1-0 deficit to beat West Brom 2-1. Jamie Vardy’s brace gave league leaders Leicester a 2-0 victory versus Sunderland. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool crushed Stoke, 4-1. Tottenham destroyed Manchester United, 3-0, with all three coming in a span of six minutes (70th, 74th, and 76th minutes). That’s all for match day 33’s Premier League action.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/23/table

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