Why is Europe so dominant in football?
Two pure Premier League finals? Arsenal and United want to cement England's European dominance
The Premier League is more dominant on the European stage than ever before: If Manchester United and Arsenal FC prevail in the semi-final second legs of the Europa League on Thursday evening, both European Cup finals could be purely English. Arsenal still have to tremble for that.
Will this season finally represent the changing of the guard in European football? After years of Spanish domination, will the Premier League finally become the measure of all things? At least that's what this week suggests. It has been clear since Wednesday evening: The Champions League winner comes from the Premier League. Manchester City and Chelsea FC will contest the final of the handle pot on May 29 in Istanbul. But the English dominance could be underpinned on Thursday: Even in the Europa League, there are some indications of an English triumph.
After the 6-2 screening in the first leg against AS Roma, Manchester United already have more than one leg in the final, which will take place in Gdansk on May 25th. On Thursday evening (9 p.m., DAZN) coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team could lose 3-0 in Rome and would still make it to the final. The eyes of the fans are therefore more likely to go to London in the evening: Arsenal FC is under pressure against Villarreal after the first leg defeat. After the 1: 2 defeat in the first leg, the team of coach Mikel Arteta must win for the final in the domestic Emirates Stadium (9 p.m., DAZN and NITRO). Then the Gunners would ensure very clear conditions: There could be two purely English finals in both the Champions League and the Europa League.
The La Liga has lost its pioneering status
However, that would not be a completely new scenario. Already in 2018/19 both finals were occupied entirely by English: Liverpool FC beat Tottenham in the Champions League final. In the Europa League, Chelsea prevailed against Arsenal. Now the Premier League teams could make this exclamation mark for the second time in three years. It would then also become clear: The Spanish La Liga has lost its pioneering status.
A Spanish team has been represented in seven of the eleven finals since the UEFA Cup became the Europa League. In the Champions League, La Liga was represented in five of the last seven finals; Real and Atletico Madrid met twice in a purely Spanish battle for the title. But Real, Barca and Atletico have not made it to the final round for two years. Instead, two of the last three Champions League winners will have come from the island after this season.
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