The all-English final of the UEFA Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2019 between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs is significant to the strength of English teams in Europe’s elite club competition.
Another all-English finals will be held in 2021 in Portugal between Chelsea and Manchester City. Last season, Liverpool lost the finals of the UEFA Champions League to Real Madrid, who narrowly beat Manchester City in the semi-finals.
The recent successes of English teams in the UEFA Champions League are due to investments that are yielding positive results. Many pundits believe that English teams always get favourable Champions League predictions above clubs from other countries.
What are the significant investments made by English Teams ahead of the 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League Season?
Many sports analysts concur that the recent run by English clubs in the UEFA Champions League competition has set them apart as the teams to beat, to win the tournament. Last season, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea narrowly lost out on the Champions League. Still, with reinforcements in the right places, Europe may experience another all-English final, come May 2023.
But first, how are each team’s reinforcements looking ahead of the new UEFA Champions League season?
Liverpool lost to Real Madrid by a lone goal in Paris. The game, which was balanced for most parts, was probably Liverpool’s major loss in their run through the competition. Since the defeat, Liverpool has also lost Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich. Still, they have strengthened appropriately with Darwin Nunez from Benfica and Fabio Carvalho from Fulham. Liverpool has also tied Mo Salah to a new contract. Luis Diaz is set to have his first full Champions League run with Klopp’s side. Nunez’s signing shows Liverpool is gunning for the title this new season.
Guardiola’s side could have played in two consecutive UEFA Champions League finals, but they narrowly lost to Real Madrid in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu. Guardiola’s side was rocked with injuries towards the concluding part of last season. Still, they have now strengthened with Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, and Julian Alvarez.
Antonio Conte’s side secured the Champions League on the final day of the Premier League season. While Conte was quite outspoken about the club’s lack of quality players, Tottenham has splashed the cash this transfer window with the signings of Ivan Perisic, Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, and Clement Lenglent. Antonio Conte will hope he can make Champions League history with his strong side.
Among the English representatives in the 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League, Chelsea appears to be the only team having a slow transfer window. The recent additions of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly show that the club is also strengthening ahead of the season. Chelsea is still in the market for additional players, and getting their targets will determine how far they will probably go in the Champions League.
With the 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League season set to commence in a few weeks, the four English representatives in Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs, and Liverpool have all made significant investments in their squads. These investments worth millions of pounds will help them compete with the best teams across Europe.