You wouldn’t necessarily think a team with two draws through four games in the Champions League Group Stage would be the best amongst the English Premier League entries in the tournament, but then again, here we are.
After Manchester City dropped another eye-popping loss, Liverpool lost to Real Madrid, and Arsenal drew with Anderlecht, the cumulative efforts of the four English sides in the competition have won 20 of a possible 48 points. Indeed, the blues are still in the top four favourites to win the event as a whole.
Chelsea didn’t help themselves with their draw to Slovenia’s NK Maribor last Wednesday, but the cost should be limited, as Sporting CP took care of Schalke to keep the blues’ lead in the group safe. Arsenal, in a group with Borussia Dortmund, should also be relatively safe in a distant second with five-point lead on the third-place RSC Anderlecht.
It’s the other English clubs that have worrying to do. Manchester City’s hopes are on the rocks after the team has collected two of a possible 12 points through four games, most recently suffering a 2-1 loss in to CSKA Moscow in a game that saw two of their players dismissed.
Liverpool is in a similar position with two group games remaining, sitting in third in their group with just one win against four losses. Though they have a game against the group’s bottom feeders Ludogorets to look forward to, they will need FC Basel to concede all three of their points before beating them in their final group game and winning their tiebreakers. Far from ideal.
All told, it’s been a poor showing for the English, and Chelsea will likely soon stand alone as the team that could remind Europe of the quality that the Premiership can provide.