It may not have been a successful campaign for British teams competing in the Champions League, but it is a different story in the Europa League.
Each of the three remaining British clubs fancy a go at winning the cup and none are showing signs of playing a reserve team in order to preserve a good run in the Premier League.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has a taste for European victory after winning the competition with former club Porto. Spurs came close to defeat in the San Siro last round but held off Inter Milan's strong challenge thanks to their desire to lift the cup at the end of the season. Having not rotated much in attack this season between the two competitions, it would suggest that there is definite belief at White Hart Lane that the team can lift the trophy.
Chelsea, meanwhile, won the Champions League last season after defeating Bayern Munich in the final. That victory made amends for their disappointing showing in the league. Chelsea will fancy themselves against all the teams remaining, as the title 'champions of Europe' is something no other team can boast.
Newcastle United are currently sitting 15th in the Premier League table and may fear being dragged into a relegation dogfight. But whilst this is occurring, manager Alan Pardew has committed his team to the Europa League this term, and to back out and concentrate on the league may seem like a step backwards. The team could yet rescue their season by going far in this competition.
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