Can an English Club Win the 2017 Champions League
February 14, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

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THE CHAMPIONS! Ah the Champions League last 16, the round where the competition finally gets interesting after the somewhat predictable group stage of the tournament. In saying that, one team nobody thought would get this far are the Premier League Champions Leicester City. The Foxes have defied everyone’s expectations (well expect Gary Lineker’s) and have qualified for the last 16 of the competition along with fellow English clubs, and regular visitors to this stage of the competition, Arsenal and Manchester City.

While it’s been years since two English sides have contested the Champions League Final, nowadays it’s at least somewhat more likely, but can an English club actually win the Champions League this season? Here’s what we at The Sharpe think will happen.

Manchester City

City face off against a good Monaco side led by a rejuvenated Radamel Falcao in the last 16, in a tie they are expected to win. Although, they do face the task of a tricky second leg away at the Stade Louis II stadium, however, as long as Sergio Aguero is fit, Kevin De Bruyne can find some of that form he had earlier in the season and the new boy Jesus is firing on all cylinders, City should cruise into the quarter finals.

If City can avoid a proper heavyweight side in the quarter final draw then there’s no reason to doubt that they couldn’t conceivably get to a semi-final and then who knows what may happen.

Prediction: Semi-Final Knock Out

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Arsenal

Laughter and memes seemed to be the order of the day when Arsenal and Bayern Munich were drawn to play against one other in the last 16 (yet again). Arsenal previously drew the German giants in three out of the last four campaigns and you’d forgive Arsene Wenger for being a little down spirited about his sides chances this time around.

One advantage that Arsenal do hold however, is that the second leg of the tie will be played at The Emirates, which when called upon can provide the Arsenal players with an extra dimension and perhaps set Bayern off balance. In saying that, if Arsenal don’t turn up in the first leg in Munich none of this will matter as Bayern can very well rip them to shreds, rendering whatever happens in London irrelevant.

Unfortunately for Arsenal fans, this year won’t be their year, yet again, in the Champions League as Bayern Munich hold too much attacking flair and shall duly dump the Gunners out of the one competition that still alludes Wenger.

Prediction: Last 16 Knockout

Side-note: Make sure to look up Arsenal Fan TV after they get knocked out, if you’re into watching grown men get very upset about a football match.

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Leicester City

While The Foxes seem to be setting themselves up for a relegation dogfight (read more about how the League Champs could be relegated here) in the Premier League, this season, the English Champions have the small matter of a Champions League last 16 tie against, back to back Europa League winners, Sevilla.

Let’s be honest, we’ve all loved the Leicester story, from the Jamie Vardy memes to the dilly ding dilly dong comments of manager Claudio Ranieri. With all that being said, Leicester have actually saved their best football this season for the Champions League and were quite impressive in the group stages only losing once away to Porto after already qualifying for the last 16.

However, they face off against a top quality Sevilla side who currently sit third in La Liga behind Barca and Real. This will undoubtedly be Ranieri’s side’s toughest task in the tournament and while they may very well get a result in the first leg, over two legs it seems certain that Sevilla will emerge victorious and end The Foxes’ romantic Champions League journey. At least we will still have those Jamie Vardy memes to keep us happy.

Prediction: Last 16 Knockout

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Things don’t look that good for the three English sides remaining in the Champions League and we are not very optimistic about their chances in the competition. However, maybe next season with the likes of Conte’s Chelsea, Wenger’s Arsenal (given their alliance with that fourth spot) and Klopp’s Liverpool battling for Europe’s biggest prize we could be back to the days of two English teams in the final, maybe, just maybe.

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Can an English Club Win the 2017 Champions League
February 14, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

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THE CHAMPIONS! Ah the Champions League last 16, the round where the competition finally gets interesting after the somewhat predictable group stage of the tournament. In saying that, one team nobody thought would get this far are the Premier League Champions Leicester City. The Foxes have defied everyone’s expectations (well expect Gary Lineker’s) and have qualified for the last 16 of the competition along with fellow English clubs, and regular visitors to this stage of the competition, Arsenal and Manchester City.

While it’s been years since two English sides have contested the Champions League Final, nowadays it’s at least somewhat more likely, but can an English club actually win the Champions League this season? Here’s what we at The Sharpe think will happen.

Manchester City

City face off against a good Monaco side led by a rejuvenated Radamel Falcao in the last 16, in a tie they are expected to win. Although, they do face the task of a tricky second leg away at the Stade Louis II stadium, however, as long as Sergio Aguero is fit, Kevin De Bruyne can find some of that form he had earlier in the season and the new boy Jesus is firing on all cylinders, City should cruise into the quarter finals.

If City can avoid a proper heavyweight side in the quarter final draw then there’s no reason to doubt that they couldn’t conceivably get to a semi-final and then who knows what may happen.

Prediction: Semi-Final Knock Out

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Arsenal

Laughter and memes seemed to be the order of the day when Arsenal and Bayern Munich were drawn to play against one other in the last 16 (yet again). Arsenal previously drew the German giants in three out of the last four campaigns and you’d forgive Arsene Wenger for being a little down spirited about his sides chances this time around.

One advantage that Arsenal do hold however, is that the second leg of the tie will be played at The Emirates, which when called upon can provide the Arsenal players with an extra dimension and perhaps set Bayern off balance. In saying that, if Arsenal don’t turn up in the first leg in Munich none of this will matter as Bayern can very well rip them to shreds, rendering whatever happens in London irrelevant.

Unfortunately for Arsenal fans, this year won’t be their year, yet again, in the Champions League as Bayern Munich hold too much attacking flair and shall duly dump the Gunners out of the one competition that still alludes Wenger.

Prediction: Last 16 Knockout

Side-note: Make sure to look up Arsenal Fan TV after they get knocked out, if you’re into watching grown men get very upset about a football match.

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Leicester City

While The Foxes seem to be setting themselves up for a relegation dogfight (read more about how the League Champs could be relegated here) in the Premier League, this season, the English Champions have the small matter of a Champions League last 16 tie against, back to back Europa League winners, Sevilla.

Let’s be honest, we’ve all loved the Leicester story, from the Jamie Vardy memes to the dilly ding dilly dong comments of manager Claudio Ranieri. With all that being said, Leicester have actually saved their best football this season for the Champions League and were quite impressive in the group stages only losing once away to Porto after already qualifying for the last 16.

However, they face off against a top quality Sevilla side who currently sit third in La Liga behind Barca and Real. This will undoubtedly be Ranieri’s side’s toughest task in the tournament and while they may very well get a result in the first leg, over two legs it seems certain that Sevilla will emerge victorious and end The Foxes’ romantic Champions League journey. At least we will still have those Jamie Vardy memes to keep us happy.

Prediction: Last 16 Knockout

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Things don’t look that good for the three English sides remaining in the Champions League and we are not very optimistic about their chances in the competition. However, maybe next season with the likes of Conte’s Chelsea, Wenger’s Arsenal (given their alliance with that fourth spot) and Klopp’s Liverpool battling for Europe’s biggest prize we could be back to the days of two English teams in the final, maybe, just maybe.

Evan Coughlan
Writes about sport and stuff. When Evan thinks of a witty comment it will appear here.

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