Champions League: Deep Pockets, Deep Benches, English Winners


The majority of managers accept there is a limitation to what they can do: Rafael Benítez, who won the Champions League with Liverpool, saw his task as getting his team to the semifinals. Before the year 2000, there had never been a European Cup or Champions League last objected to in between groups from the exact same country. That concentration, of course, shows not only the preponderance of teams from western Europes major leagues in the competitors– those four countries now supply half of the teams that make up the tournaments group stage– but serves to demonstrate the shifting power balance in between them, evidence of which league possesses the mix of tactical nous, technical virtuosity and large physicality to take center stage.When Italian groups led the world in strategies, they tended to dominate the Champions League.

Many managers accept there is a limitation to what they can do: Rafael Benítez, who won the Champions League with Liverpool, saw his task as getting his group to the semifinals. Before the year 2000, there had never ever been a European Cup or Champions League final objected to between teams from the same country. That concentration, of course, reflects not just the prevalence of teams from western Europes major leagues in the competitors– those four countries now provide half of the groups that comprise the competitions group phase– however serves to show the moving power balance between them, proof of which league possesses the mix of tactical nous, technical virtuosity and sheer physicality to take center stage.When Italian teams led the world in tactics, they tended to dominate the Champions League.