Premier League clubs set a new Champions League record
Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:11 am
Sadio Mane was on target for Liverpool as they booked their place in the last 16
The Premier League has set a new record as all five of its representatives in this season's Champions League qualified for the knockout stages.
It is the first time in the history of the Champions League that a country sbobet88888 has had five teams in the last-16 stage of the competition.
Manchester City went through as Group F winners despite their 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk, while Tottenham are also through in first
place having wrapped up their group campaign with a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia.
Manchester City went through as group winners
Manchester United and Liverpool qualified as group winners too, with Jurgen Klopp's side clinching top spot in Group E with their emphatic 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.
Chelsea, meanwhile, had to settle for second place in Group C following their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
This season marked the first Champions League campaign in which there were five Premier League clubs competing in the group stage after
United qualified following their Europa League victory over Ajax, despite finishing sixth in the Premier League.
It is the first time since the 2013-14 season that all of the English clubs have progressed, highlighting the improvement that has been made this term.
Tottenham have topped sbobet88888 their group ahead of holders Real Madrid
Since the Champions League reverted back to a one group stage format for the 2003-04 season, the Premier League has been allocated four
Champions League places, but only on six occasions in the previous 14 years has a full complement of English teams succeeded in qualifying for the next stage.
Premier League clubs enjoyed a sustained period of success in continental competition between 2005-2012 when there were eight English
Champions League finalists in as many years with Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, all going on to win the competition.
Consequently, it isn't surprising that during that period Premier League sbobet88888 clubs had relatively little trouble in progressing to the last 16, with all four clubs doing so five times in those seven years.