We are nearing the business end of both European showpiece trophies so which Premier League outfit it best prepared to succeed?
So all four Premier League clubs made it through fairly comfortably to the knock out stages of the Champions League and they get to pit themselves up against the other 12 sides in the last 16, a last 16 which to my mind is the most impressive in many years with no real weak links, although Panathinaikos and Villarreal would probably be happily received as fixtures for any of the English clubs.
So who of the four top tier sides has what it takes to secure Champions League glory? Well Arsenal have been far more impressive in European action than in the domestic game, up until last night that is. Liverpool and Man United went through the group stages unbeaten which holds them in good stead and whilst Chelsea needed a win from their last match to get through they are perhaps most suited to the European game from a technical standpoint. So who do the fans think can lift the trophy in Rome next May?
The UEFA Cup also winds nearer to its knockout phase and Aston Villa and Manchester City are already safely through to the last 32 and barring a real calamity Harry Redknapp should take Tottenham there also, and this seasons ‘lesser’ European trophy has a fair few top notch teams for the English hopefuls to take into account. As well as those third placed teams from the Champions League there are the likes of AC Milan, Ajax, Hamburg, Galatasaray, Sevilla and Valencia to consider.
So which of these Premier League outfits can become the first English side to capture the first UEFA Cup since 2001 and only the second since heroics from keeper Tony Parks sealed Spurs the trophy in 1984!