English teams dominate group stage


Tottenham

Tottenham equalled the highest amount of points picked up by an English side in the Champions League group stage (16)

Premier League clubs have created Champions League history, with five qualifying for the knockout stage.

Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have all progressed, making England the first country to have five teams in the competition’s last 16.

This was also the first time the Premier League had five representatives in the group stage, United earning their place by winning the Europa League last season.

Most points and most wins

English sides have been dominant in the group stages.

Tottenham topped a tough Group H that also included Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, finishing on 16 points – more than any other team managed in the group stage.

Liverpool were the second-highest scorers, hitting 23 goals in their six games. Only PSG (25) managed more, and three of the top six scorers were Premier League clubs.

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham all finished top of their groups. It is the first time since 2006-07 that four English teams have finished first in a single group campaign.

And the English clubs’ collective win percentage – 70% – has only been bettered twice – in 2013-14 (English clubs with 70.8%) and 2014-15 (Spanish clubs with 70.8%).

Has any country had five teams in the Champions League before?

Once – Spain in 2015-16, when Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia were joined by Europa League winners Sevilla.

Barcelona and the two Madrid clubs won their respective groups, but Valencia and Sevilla failed to reach the knockout stage.

Barca lost in the quarter-finals to Atletico, who were beaten in the final by city rivals Real on penalties.

Is this the first time all English clubs have progressed?

No. Since the Champions League returned to a one-group-stage format in 2003-04, it has happened seven times in 14 years.

Prior to this season, it last happened in 2013-14, when Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all went through.

How English clubs did in the Champions League in 2013-14: Arsenal - last 16; Chelsea - semi-finals; Man City - last 16; Man Utd - quarter-finals

This is how English clubs did in the Champions League the last time 100% of them progressed from the group stage

What happens when all English clubs reach the knockout stage?

Liverpool and Manchester United

Liverpool beat AC Milan to win the Champions League in 2005, three years before Manchester United overcame Chelsea in the final

Good things, usually.

In five of the six previous seasons that all of the English clubs involved have reached the knockout stage, at least one has made it to the final.

The only time that did not happen was in 2013-14, when Chelsea were beaten by Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.

Going on to win the competition has proved a little more tricky. The only triumphs were in 2004-05 (Liverpool) and 2007-08 (Manchester United).

Still, an English side reaching the final this season would mark significant progress after five barren years.

Fourteen seasons, seven teams – stats you need to know

  • Since 2003-04, seven different English clubs have appeared in the Champions League group stages – Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.
  • In those 14 seasons, the teams reaching the group stages have qualified for the knockout stage 84% of the time.
  • The highlight was 2007-08, with Arsenal reaching the quarter-finals, Liverpool making it to the semi-finals, and Manchester United beating Chelsea in the final.
  • The low point was 2012-13, when only Manchester United and Arsenal made the last 16, and both exited at that stage.

Who could English teams face in the last 16?

PSG's Neymar and Edinson Cavani

Paris St-Germain are favourites to win the Champions League and could face Chelsea in the last 16

Before any team can start thinking about the final there is the small matter of getting through the last-16 stage.

The draw takes place on Monday (11:00 GMT), and these are the sides the Premier League’s representatives could face:

Manchester United (Group A winners): Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto, Real Madrid.

Chelsea (Group C runners-up): Paris St-Germain, Barcelona, Besiktas.

Manchester City (Group F winners): Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Porto, Real Madrid.

Tottenham (Group H winners): Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto.

Are the managers confident?

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: “With five English teams to go through to the next round means the level of this league is very high.

“Don’t forget here this season is very tough. You have to play a lot of games, but when you arrive at the final stage to play for quarter-finals, semi-finals, the English teams have a lot of games in their legs.

“For this reason I think it could be problematic to win the Champions League.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “We knew if we won we would top the group so that’s not the biggest surprise but I think it’s strange this year in the group stages.

“There are a lot of really strong teams. This year is quite special. Not often you can face Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, but Juventus and all the others.

“Antonio Conte said it – there are no easy opponents and I don’t think anyone is happy when they get us in the draw. We will not be happy when we see who we face in the next round, but we will be ready.”

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola won the Champions League twice with Barcelona (2008-09 and 2010-11)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: “In this kind of situation in the Champions League there is a lot of talk about the draw and it depends how the team arrive in that moment, on that day.

“Maybe you are good today and in February you are a disaster or the opposite. It will be tough, the three contenders are tough [Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich] and so are the others but we are going to try.”

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: “After the knockouts, it’ll be just eight. Let’s see.

“We are not candidates [to win the Champions League], far from it. There are very powerful teams who have great experience at this level.

“Let’s see how it goes but now we have lots of matches in English competitions and we can forget the Champions League for a couple of months.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “It’s a fantastic achievement for this team but it’s still a long way to the final. We need to wait until the end of February to play again and we need to see the draw.

“I hope we keep our level but the motivation to play in the best competition in the world is massive, so of course we’re going to try and win every game and try to go as far as we can.”

Who has the best chance of winning it?

Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at statisticians Gracenote:

Of the five English teams who have reached the knockout phase, Manchester City have the best chance of reaching the last eight (61.5%).

Winning the group, as four of the English teams have, might seem an advantage but with three of Europe’s best five clubs according to the Euro Club Index