‘Twelve months ago we were talking about the domination of English football… all of a sudden it looks slightly different’: Gary Lineker highlights Premier League sides’ struggles in Europe after Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea ALL fail to score
- All four English teams have progressed to the last-16 of the Champions League
- Gary Lineker highlighted the struggles they have faced so far in the knockouts
- Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea were all beaten and failed to score in their first legs
- Manchester City could change that stat tomorrow when they play Real Madrid
Gary Lineker has questioned the dominance of English teams in the Champions League after Chelsea became the third side to be beaten without scoring a goal.
The Blues suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the first leg of the last-16, a week after holders Liverpool lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid while Red Bull Leipzig beat Tottenham by the same scoreline.
Manchester City have the chance to change that stat tomorrow night when they take on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Chelsea became the third English side to be beaten without scoring a goal in the first leg ties
Last season’s runners-up struggled as they were beaten 1-0 at home to RB Leipzig last week
The Premier League leaders were below par in their defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano
Speaking on BT Sport following Chelsea’s defeat, Lineker was quick to point out that the English sides have not lived up to the expectations people had ahead of the tournament.
‘Twelve months ago at this stage we were talking about the domination of English football in Europe,’ he told pundits Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Owen Hargreaves.
ENGLISH RESULTS IN FIRST LEGS OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST-16 TIES
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
Tottenham 0-1 RB Leipzig
Chelsea 0-3 Bayern Munich
‘All of a sudden it looks slightly different. All the teams are under pressure. None of them have scored yet have they?’
Liverpool beat Spurs in last season’s all-English final with both Manchester clubs also reaching the last eight.
The two finalists also produced dramatic comebacks in their semi-final second legs with Jurgen Klopp’s side overturning a three-goal deficit against Barcelona while Lucas Moura scored a 96th minute winner at Ajax to take Mauricio Pochettino’s team through.
Manchester City could become the first English side to score in the first leg ties tomorrow
Both City and Madrid were knocked out in the quarter-finals last season.
They would have met each other in the last four had they won their fixtures against Spurs and Ajax.
Pep Guardiola has Raheem Sterling fit again after the winger recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the last two matches.
The Reds will have to hope they can produce another Champions League comeback at Anfield
Dele Alli was particularly frustrated when he was taken off by Jose Mourinho in the second half
The Blues now face an almighty task to overcome the three goal deficit at the Allianz Arena
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