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Lionel Messi Joins Cristiano Ronaldo In The 100 European Goals Club And Mbappe Sets A Scoring Record

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Lionel Messi Joins Cristiano Ronaldo In The 100 European Goals Club And Mbappe Sets A Scoring Record

Lionel Messi Joins Cristiano Ronaldo In The 100 European Goals Club And Mbappe Sets A Scoring Record

 

After round 3 of play concluded on Wednesday the Champions League reached the half-way mark and it seems like a good time to take stock of trends, records, and performances to date.

The last English team to capture the Champions League was Chelsea in 2012. In the five seasons since English teams have only made 4 appearances in the quarter-final stages and the performances from Premier League teams pales in comparison to the likes Spain (15) and Germany (9). French teams have made 6 appearances while only Italy (3) out of the big five European leagues have fared worse than English teams.

Why such a poor record? The conventional wisdom from Premier League fans and pundits is something along the lines of the English schedule is tougher than that faced by foreign rivals and teams are gassed by the time the knock-out stage comes around in the spring.

We will have to wait until February of 2018 to find out whether or not Premier League teams can return to the relative success they enjoyed between 2005 and 2011. During that spell, Liverpool lifted the trophy in 2005 and Manchester United did the same in 2008. Premier League teams were runners-up in 2006 (Arsenal), 2007 (Liverpool), 2008 (Chelsea), and Manchester United (2009 and 2011).

At this stage, it is a case of so far so good. Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all sit alone atop their respective groups while Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid are tied on points in Group H with 7 points each.

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