While Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have made it into the UEFA Champions League final, Chelsea and Arsenal are in the finals of UEFA Europa League.
UEFA Champions League have an all English final. UEFA Europa League has an all English final. This is something that has not happened before; a country contributing all four finalists.
A lot has been talked about the reason behind the English domination in the European stage. Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur really needed to register improbable victories in the semi-final to reach the finals. While it was relatively easier for Arsenal and Chelsea.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks that the collapse of the traditionally strong European clubs is the reason behind the domination. He, in an exclusive interview with TalkSport, said, “First of all I believe in England people work well. Secondly, it’s a consequence of the dominant financial power of the English clubs and basically, as well, the collapse of traditionally strong European teams.
Wenger pointed out that key players are top teams have aged. He said, “When I say collapse, it’s Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus – why? Because the players who made the difference in all these clubs have aged, and are not in the position anymore to make that difference.”
“So it’s the simultaneous strength of England and the collapse of the other big dominant forces before, who will now be on the market,” Wenger added.
Wenger also predicted that it would be an interesting summer with fallen giants planning to revamp squad and others ready to further bolster their arsenal. He said, “What I can promise you, is that we will have a very interesting transfer period, an interesting battle, this summer.”
The collapse of top Eurpean clubs is indeed a reason for the domination of English clubs. However, it must be noted that English clubs have performed exceptionally well this season and deserves to be where they are.
Real Madrid couldn’t continue their previous season exploits and failed to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo. FC Barcelona has, it seems, becomes more reliant Lionel Messi to deliver results.