International football Tottenham-Liverpool and Chelsea-Arsenal
In the last ten years, the Premier League’s sides have become used to coming up short in the Champions League.
One Brexit after another has been the trend, which was only broken temporarily byChelsea‘s winning of the tournament in 2012 andLiverpoolreaching the final in 2018.
Elite football appeared to have moved away from England and instead Spain was the country that ruled, withReal Madrid and Barcelonadominating the last five – Los Blancos winning four to the Catalans’ one.
But the Premier League is back and both the Europa League and Champions League finals will be all-English affairs withTottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenalthe only sides left standing across both competitions.
In the Europa League, onlyManchester Unitedin 2017 had interruptedAtletico Madrid and Sevilla‘s shared dominance.
“I want to congratulateJurgen Klopp,” saidMaurcio Pochettinoafter Spurs’ own heroics againstAjax.
“BecauseLiverpoolwere fantastic againstBarcelona, they are also heroes and we’re going to have an incredible final between two English clubs.”
“Pochettinospoke aboutLiverpoolbefore the game,” admittedDanny Rose.“He showed us that we shouldn’t give up.”
Klopphimself spoke about the Reds’ remarkable turnaround and he attributed their extra motivation to last season’s loss againstReal Madrid.
“After losing to Madrid, we felt we had to come back,”Kloppconfessed, and they did exactly that without Mohamed Salah,Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita.
NeitherLiverpoolor Spurs have been all that successful domestically of late. The Merseysiders haven’t won their league since 1990, whereas the Londoners have been waiting since 1961.
The Premier League has recovered to the heights of the mid to late 2000s when they had six finalists and two champions inManchester United and Liverpool.
In recent years, both 2013 and 2015 saw no English sides progress as far as the quarter-finals.
It can’t be underplayed how much impact the economic muscle of the league has played though, as the value of the television rights continue to soar.