The best week of European Football ever.

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I thought the 2 earlier games when Liverpool, and Spurs won were amazing games, but yesterdays 2 just hit a climax.

Valencia were at home to Arsenal, and were losing 3 – 1 to Arsenal on the first leg.  The final score for both games was Arsenal 7 Valencia 3.  Valencia scored first, so hubby and I were all upset.  The Aubameyang scored the 1st of his hattrick.  In between Valencia scored a 2nd, and Lacazette one for Arsenal.  What a brilliant second half for Arsenal.  They were on fire.

At the same time Chelsea were at home to Frankfurt, and the first leg was a 1 – 1 draw.  I was watching this one too, on my large screen laptop.  Chelsea were the first to score, and had so many chances that they could have been winning by several goals.  Then Frankfurt scored to make it 2 – 2, on aggregate.  After 90 minutes, they had to play a further 30 of extra time.

By this time the match had finished on the television, and they had switched to the Chelsea game.  No more goals, so it ended up with penalty kicks.

Frankfurt scored.  Chelsea scored.  Frankfurt scored.  Chelsea – saved.  By now I am thinking it’s all over for Chelsea.  Frankfurt scored.  Chelsea scored.  Frankfurt saved.  Chelsea scored.  Frankfurt saved, and Chelsea scored to make it 4 – 3 on penalties.  My heart was pounding so much, and it didn’t even matter that both games were in Spanish. I think I will shortly be bilingual.

So the finals will be Arsenal – Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League.

Liverpool – Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League.

Does anyone know if 4 English teams have done this previously.  So proud of them all.

 

21 comments

  1. I think it’s a variety of factors, actually:
    1. I don’t know how long you’ve followed football/are a student of European football history, but only in the last 20 years or so have we seen multiple teams from each country go to the Champions League and the UEFA Cup/Europa League. Back in the days of the old European Cup and UEFA Cup (as well as a Cup Winners’ Cup), each country had one representative for the European Cup–the team that won the domestic league (unless a team from that domestic league won the European Cup but didn’t finish first, then the country would have two representatives in the European Cup). In summary, the math just wasn’t there to have an all-England European Cup/Champions League final. And the math REALLY wasn’t there when England was banned from all European competitions for several years.
    2. No domestic league has ever had a monopoly on talented players. There are too many leagues with too many talented players–Serie A, the Bundesliga, La Liga, and to a lesser extent the Dutch Eredivise, the Portugese Liga, and Ligue 1 in France. And no league has a monopoly on talented players even now, which makes this English sweep all the more remarkable.
    3. Most leagues tend not to have more than 2-3 teams (at most) challenging for such high honors as winning a European trophy. Germany really only has one such club (Bayern Munich). Italy just has Juve right now. France just has PSG. And so on.

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  2. Personally I think this is a major factor, with less than 20% of starting players for the top 6 teams being English it goes to show even though we don’t have a monopoly talented players with the money pumped into the EPL we are able to attract the some of the best players from across the world.

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  3. I think the number of foreign players in the league is a major factor, with less than 20% of starting players for the top 6 teams being English it goes to show even though we don’t have a monopoly talented players with the money pumped into the EPL we are able to attract the some of the best players from across the world.

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