Despite the poor Champions League campaigns by English sides this season, there are still grounds for optimism as the Premier League has proven over time that it has the ingredients to achieve at this level.
As well as huge amounts of money at their disposal, the top English clubs have the ability to strengthen their squads every year and are able to attract the very best players. The draw of money will always help but the Premier League's pedigree and history is also a great pull for players from all over the world.
The Premier League can offer players almost instant stardom, constant global coverage and passionate sell-out crowds at most grounds.
The main rivals to the English dominance comes from the European giants in both Spain and Germany. Barcelona and Real Madrid are obvious front runners in Europe but the Germans have a very strong league and are always a danger in European competition. The likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are very strong clubs.
The Premier League though has much more strength in depth with a number of clubs capable of progressing through any European competition. The Europa league this year is full of English clubs and who would back against the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, or even Newcastle United winning the competition.
The key to this is the strength in depth of the Premier League week in week out where no game can be taken lightly. This gives all the Premier League clubs competing in Europe the added edge as they have to play at their best in every game or risk defeat.
They do not need to up their game in Europe. Previous success in the Champions League has been excellent with Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all being crowned champions of Europe, meanwhile Arsenal have also enjoyed successful campaigns, without winning the ultimate prize yet.
No other country can boast the success from so many clubs in recent years. This season, in my opinion, has been a blip for Premier League teams. Some have suffered bad luck along the way, such as United, but others have had internal issues which have affected performances.
I cannot foresee another season like this and I fully expect the top Premier League clubs to challenge for Champions League honours next season along with the other giants of Europe.
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