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Premier League teams struggle on European stage

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Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Swansea all took to their respective European competitions, yet not a single one could muster a goal.

It says it all when Swansea, who were so unfancied against Italian heavyweights Napoli, came the closest and put in the most spirited performance.

Garry Monk's men dominated the side who earlier this season saw off Arsenal 2-0, yet couldn't find the cutting edge to get past Rafa Benitez's men. Wilfried Bony was a key figure, yet he couldn't force any of the Swans 21 shots into Napoli's net.

Tottenham put in an extremely disappointing performance away at Ukraine side, FC Dnipro and were lucky to eventually come out with just a one goal defeat. Roberto Soldado's horrific miss from just four yards out summed up their night, and his time in a Spurs shirt. 

And then of course, there are the two Champions League sides who took to the field earlier in the week. Arsenal and Manchester City were both unfortunate to go down to ten men and conceded penalties, but even before the reds, both sides looked under the cosh. 

It could have all been different for Arsenal of course, had Mesut Ozil put any real effort into his penalty, but after that, they rarely looked in the game as Tony Kross and co passed them to smithereens. The same can be said of City, who failed to get a chokehold on the game early on against Barcelona, and found themselves dominated by Barca, without creating too many chances.

Such a poor week has seen questions arise about the quality of British football. It is always foreign leagues that we rant on about, describing Barcelona as "boring", yet anybody who had watched this weeks showings would know we need to look a little closer to home, to find the real dire workplay, especially against the bigger clubs.

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