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Why English teams are failing in Europe

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Not one English club made it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League or Europa League.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Hull all qualified for their respective European competition and all were humiliated.

Winter break needed?

Clubs participating in Germany, Spain and France all have two weeks off during Christmas and New Year.

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The complete opposite is said for English clubs. There are, traditionally in England, games on the 26th, 28/29th December and the 1st January, meaning that English clubs will be physically and mentally tired going into the knockout stages of the Europa or Champions League.

The same is not said for other foreign clubs, who come back well refreshed and raring to go.

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Greg Dyke, chairman of the FA, has got to look into this and change it if he wants English clubs to be successful in Europe. 

Could a winter break really do much harm?

Learn to keep the ball

Manchester City did not have a player that touched the ball more than 74 times over the two leg against Barcelona, and were effortlessly beaten. Disgraceful.

Especially when they have the players who are capable: David Silva, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri. In the two fixtures Lionel Messi touched the ball 119 times.

The elite teams learn to keep the ball and that is something English clubs have got to adopt, quickly. English clubs must adapt to play in Europe. 

Top 3?

If England fail to get a team into the last eight of the Champions League the Premier League will be at serious risking losing a Champions League place.

Currently the top three ranked countries in Europe - Spain, England and Germany - are given four Champions League spaces, while the three countries below - Italy, Portugal and France - are given three.

Italy who are not far off England in the rankings currently have all six clubs competing in European competitions. If Italy continue to impress and England continue to decline, England could well lose a Champions League spot.

English clubs need to find a way to win again.

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