What Do The Big Teams Need To Do To Compete In The Champions League This Year?
September 9, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

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It’s no secret that the big clubs in England have failed to perform in the Champions League in recent years. After much talk of England losing out on a top four spot, we ask ourselves what do the big clubs need to do to compete in the champions league this year?

For all the million upon millions that’s been spent amongst English clubs they just can’t seem to perform when put up against Europe’s elite. Why is this?

Well there’s numerous reasons, a lot come with finances. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter who you sign or how much you spend on a team, without investing in coaches and everything in the background scene of a football club, you’re going to get nowhere. Just take Man City for example. For all the money they’ve spent in recent years with big players coming in, yes they achieved in England, but never perform in Europe. Last season when they got to the semi-finals of the Champions League, it’s the furthest they’ve ever gotten in the club’s history. And the furthest an English club has gotten in recent years. It’s all about investment. Just look at the investment that the top-top teams like Barcelona, both Madrid clubs and Bayern Munich have gone through. Both with players and background staff, they have some of the best facilities in Europe, and it’s showing when they play. This is what English clubs need to do more, invest wiser.

Roll back to five to ten years ago when you had an English club in almost every semi-final each season in the Champions League, always competing. It’s been five seasons since an English club last won the champions league (Chelsea 2011-12). Now they’re not even in Europe after a woeful season. That’s the last time an English club has even been in a final. Back in 2008, both Chelsea and Man United competed in the final of the champions league. With Liverpool winning in 2005, being in the final in ‘07 and Arsenal in the final ‘06, those were the days for English clubs. Not even that long ago but it feels a lot longer. The pressure is now on English clubs to compete due to the high demand of football in Italy and Germany, they could soon lose out on a top four spot. Even the bookies have English clubs down as underdogs to win the biggest prize in Europe, and it’s not even worth putting a tenner on at 10/1 at this stage because they do the same thing every year and under perform.

Manchester United are the third richest club in the world behind Real and Barca. And yet, they are not even in the Champions League this season. Both themselves and Liverpool, the two most successful clubs in English history, both will not be in the Champions League this season. Both spending over £500 million between them in 2015, United find themselves in the Europa League and Liverpool with no European football. It’s sad really, how the mighty fall. This is just an example of poor investment, both have been were poor in past transfer markets, coupled along with failed managers.

Another thing that needs to be improved is hard teamwork and dedication. Look at Leicester City, relegation candidates at the start of last season then going on to win the league. And they won it through passion, great teamwork and dedication, something the “big clubs” in England don’t have enough of. Leicester also invested wisely, didn’t spend a huge amount of money, their starting eleven cost £23 million, which is the cost of one top player at each club on average. They weren’t in it for the money, no big waves, they just worked hard and beat those who didn’t, simple. Now they are the top seeds in Europe representing England.

In summary, the English clubs need to invest wisely in and out of their respective football clubs and then find a group of players who are willing to put in the work and play for each other, not their pay slip at the end of the week. I still feel that they are still a long way off competing in Europe with the big boys. But give it three or four years and we might see another English champion crowned.

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What Do The Big Teams Need To Do To Compete In The Champions League This Year?
September 9, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

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It’s no secret that the big clubs in England have failed to perform in the Champions League in recent years. After much talk of England losing out on a top four spot, we ask ourselves what do the big clubs need to do to compete in the champions league this year?

For all the million upon millions that’s been spent amongst English clubs they just can’t seem to perform when put up against Europe’s elite. Why is this?

Well there’s numerous reasons, a lot come with finances. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter who you sign or how much you spend on a team, without investing in coaches and everything in the background scene of a football club, you’re going to get nowhere. Just take Man City for example. For all the money they’ve spent in recent years with big players coming in, yes they achieved in England, but never perform in Europe. Last season when they got to the semi-finals of the Champions League, it’s the furthest they’ve ever gotten in the club’s history. And the furthest an English club has gotten in recent years. It’s all about investment. Just look at the investment that the top-top teams like Barcelona, both Madrid clubs and Bayern Munich have gone through. Both with players and background staff, they have some of the best facilities in Europe, and it’s showing when they play. This is what English clubs need to do more, invest wiser.

Roll back to five to ten years ago when you had an English club in almost every semi-final each season in the Champions League, always competing. It’s been five seasons since an English club last won the champions league (Chelsea 2011-12). Now they’re not even in Europe after a woeful season. That’s the last time an English club has even been in a final. Back in 2008, both Chelsea and Man United competed in the final of the champions league. With Liverpool winning in 2005, being in the final in ‘07 and Arsenal in the final ‘06, those were the days for English clubs. Not even that long ago but it feels a lot longer. The pressure is now on English clubs to compete due to the high demand of football in Italy and Germany, they could soon lose out on a top four spot. Even the bookies have English clubs down as underdogs to win the biggest prize in Europe, and it’s not even worth putting a tenner on at 10/1 at this stage because they do the same thing every year and under perform.

Manchester United are the third richest club in the world behind Real and Barca. And yet, they are not even in the Champions League this season. Both themselves and Liverpool, the two most successful clubs in English history, both will not be in the Champions League this season. Both spending over £500 million between them in 2015, United find themselves in the Europa League and Liverpool with no European football. It’s sad really, how the mighty fall. This is just an example of poor investment, both have been were poor in past transfer markets, coupled along with failed managers.

Another thing that needs to be improved is hard teamwork and dedication. Look at Leicester City, relegation candidates at the start of last season then going on to win the league. And they won it through passion, great teamwork and dedication, something the “big clubs” in England don’t have enough of. Leicester also invested wisely, didn’t spend a huge amount of money, their starting eleven cost £23 million, which is the cost of one top player at each club on average. They weren’t in it for the money, no big waves, they just worked hard and beat those who didn’t, simple. Now they are the top seeds in Europe representing England.

In summary, the English clubs need to invest wisely in and out of their respective football clubs and then find a group of players who are willing to put in the work and play for each other, not their pay slip at the end of the week. I still feel that they are still a long way off competing in Europe with the big boys. But give it three or four years and we might see another English champion crowned.

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