The Premier League is often bashed for not being good enough.
The fact that Leicester are top of the division, Crystal Palace are sixth, are often used as weapons to claim the English top flight really isn’t up to scratch.
Before this week’s Champions League games, many people were gloomy. After Man United went out to Wolfsburg, that gloom only deepened.
But then on Wednesday night something changed.
Arsenal, needing to win 2-0 at Olympiakos, produced their result of the season winning 3-0 away in Athens. Olivier Giroud hit a hat-trick, and Joel Campbell was superb.
As for Chelsea, needing a draw against Porto, Jose Mourinho’s men also produced the goods. Looking calm and like they were enjoying themselves, Chelsea ran out comfortable 2-0 winners to reach the last 16.
Overall England now has three teams in the final stages of the Champions League.
Maybe the Premier League isn’t that bad after all?
Tweets on the topic are below.
Brilliant to see three Spanish and three English sides in the next round of the Champions League. Anything else doesn't feel right ☺
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) December 9, 2015
Happy for Giroud. Happy for Campbell. Happy for all our fans, especially the away fans. But most of all, I'm so happy for the #coefficient.
— Thierry Ennui (@Heisenbergkamp) December 9, 2015
As it stands, 3 English sides in CL and 3 in EL. Stat wank time for the coefficient hipsters.
— Jon Andrews (@JonAndrews84) December 9, 2015
What a night for the coefficient
— Barney Ronay (@barneyronay) December 9, 2015
ENGLISH UCL COEFFICIENT ULTRAS ARE PARTYING TONIGHT
— Paul (@Kolology) December 9, 2015
Giroud – "The most important thing was the result. Tonight was for the fans, for the manager, and most importantly, for the coefficient"
— Leo (@_LS87_) December 9, 2015
We should take a moment to reflect on the things that realy matter, namely the coefficient and that sweet 25mil from the knockout round.
— RamboGooner (@rambogooner) December 9, 2015