England dominate the UCL quarter-final draw
On Friday, March 15th, the draws for both the Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals took place.
The Champions League draw saw all four of England’s competitors for the 2018/19 season put into the pot.
To get to the quarter-final Man City and Tottenham dominated Schalke and Borussia Dortmund over two legs.
Meanwhile, Manchester United completed an epic comeback vs PSG, coming from 2-0 down to win the tie.
Liverpool would then beat Bayern Munich 3-1 at their home ground to secure their qualification.
The quarter-final draw
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This year was also the first time since 2009 that all four English sides have been in the quarter-final.
Petr Cech’s theory
Then, in the Europa League, England’s two teams Arsenal and Chelsea are still going strong and made it to the last eight.
Six English clubs in the quarter-finals of European competition for the first time since 1970/71 season pic.twitter.com/KtEhI9EQjF
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Arsenal had perhaps the hardest road to the Europa League quarter-final as they had to overturn a 3-1 deficit.
However, they did so quite easily at the Emirates, winning 3-0.
Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech believes the reason his side were able to do so and why other English sides are doing so well this year is due to the competitiveness of the Premier League.
Cech then goes on to single out PSG who were knocked out by United after ‘bottling’ the second leg.
The Arsenal keeper believes they were unable to cope with the pressure because their league is so one-sided and they do not have to play at their best every week:
“If you can see the quality of the football every weekend and midweek [in the Premier League], it is getting more and more competitive
“Sometimes the fact you have to fight every game for 90 minutes takes energy out of you for the European games but against Rennes it wasn’t the case.
“In the case of PSG [who were defeated by Manchester United], their problem is they don’t have enough big games during the year. Their squad and their quality is so far different from everybody else in their league that they are not tested week in, week out.
“They don’t have enough big games and then in the Champions League when you come to the moment when you are under pressure, they are not used to it.”As quoted b the Telegraph.