Will recent trend continue and produce an all-English Champions League final?


In 2013, Bayern Munich squared off against Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final.

Fast forward 12 months and Real Madrid took in a derby date with La Liga foes and arch-enemies Atletico Madrid.
What price that trend continuing with all-English final staged at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on June 6?

Uefa competitions betting has a Premier League side priced at 7/2 to claim the grandest prize in European club football.

Chelsea are considered to be the side most likely to make their way to Germany, with the 2012 winners facing a more favourable draw at the last-16 stage.

Jose Mourinho’s men will meet French champions Paris St Germain, while Arsenal also tackle Ligue 1 opposition in the form of Monaco and Manchester City face the unenviable task of trying to overcome Barcelona.

All three have the ability within their ranks to negotiate the next hurdle and keep themselves in the running to land the famous ‘big-eared’ trophy. Were they to progress, they would then hope to avoid each other.

Part of the appeal of European football is testing yourself against the best sides from outside of your domestic division, with fans lapping up meetings between the likes of Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.

If momentum can be established, there is no reason to believe that the Premier League cannot return to centre stage.
Chelsea and Manchester United made it all the way to Moscow in 2008, with the failings of John Terry and Nicolas Anelka from the penalty spot handing victory to the Red Devils.

Such an occasion was embraced by those that made the journey to the Russian capital, with there a sense of pride taken from representing English football abroad.

With no final appearances secured since Chelsea lifted the crown three years ago, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini will believe that it is time for the Premier League to reassert its dominance.
Heavyweight outfits such as Bayern Munich and reigning champions Real Madrid will have plenty to say about that, but they are beatable and should hold no fear.

City and Chelsea in particular have invested heavily in the pursuit of success at home and abroad, with the former looking to make history this season by reaching the European Cup quarter-finals for the first time.

Mourinho, meanwhile, is seeking to go the distance with a third employer – having previously taken the crown with Porto and Inter Milan – and Wenger needs to prove to those questioning his ability that he still possesses the Midas touch.

He would likely want to avoid a contest with Chelsea at any stage, given his dismal record in managerial duels with Mourinho, but he would also snap your hand off for the opportunity to break his duck on the biggest of sporting stages.

It is a big ask for any of the Premier League hopefuls to go the distance, never mind two of them, but anything is possible at this stage and the trio will be daring to dream that 2015 could be their year.


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