Midfield star defends Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United after Champions

Rodgers said the competitive nature of the domestic league impacted on the prospects of England’s elite, but said other countries receive more help from their respective federations.

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Blackburn were 17th in September 1995 having won the title just four months earlier, while Leeds United were 17th in February 1993, a far cry from their old First Division title celebrations the previous season – although there were 22 teams in the Premier League that season.

Throw in the commercial revenue a run in the competition provides, along with the huge sponsorship opportunities, and it shows that this is a mega-money age for England’s big four.

No English team reached the quarter-finals of either the Champions League or the Europa League last season and they have also started poorly this time around.

Losses for Arsenal, at home to Olympiacos, and Chelsea, at Porto, mean there have been five defeats in six Champions League group matches for Premier League teams this season.

The Uefa coefficient ranking has reared its ugly head again after both Arsenal and Chelsea fell to surprise defeats in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

“The physicality of this league is like no other”.

After getting their Champions League campaign back on track by beating Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday, Manchester City will be hoping to return to winning ways in the Premier League when Newcastle United visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Then we have to play against a European squad who is willing to give everything against us. Players are not machines. What struck me was that I thought the fans – and perhaps a few of the players – thought they only had to turn up and win.

Five of the biggest transfers into the Premier League in the last three years have come in from Spain.

Check out the Premier League’s official ticket hub by clicking on this link. “Nevertheless, they haven’t won so much, so you have to look for that improvement with that team”. That is not possible in England.

“I think Arsene Wenger will be looking at games like Sunday – they lost against Chelsea and had players sent off – and thinking they have to start turning those games in their favour and win”, Neville told Sky Sports. We have two cup competitions in this country, the others have one. The weekend even ended with a particularly stunning performance from another number 10 – Everton’s Romelua Lukaku who twice found the net to help his team overturn a 2-0 deficit and win 3-2 against a spirited West Bromwich Albion.

In the opinion of Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew – who led Newcastle to the quarter-finals of the competition in 2013 – the current set-up of the competition is not suited to Premier League sides.

Global viewers can see their viewing options here. Premier League clubs introduced the Away Supporters Initiative.

“We struggled with it at Newcastle and we were not alone in that”.

It fuels the age-old debate amongst fans, what makes for a better league?

Pellegrini’s men did to an extent in midweek, squeezing a win out of a tricky Champions League tie in Monchengladbach.

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What people fail to notice about that day, is that with the exception of the David De Gea fiasco at the close of this window, “TDD” is a very English creation.

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