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Can English clubs improve their performance in Europe this season?

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The Barclays Premier League is seen as the most exciting, pulsating and gruelling competition in football.

However, in recent years, the top clubs in England have failed to perform up to their standard in both the Champions League and the Europa League.

We shan't forget that only two seasons have passed since Chelsea hoisted their second European trophy in two years, after winning the Champions League in 2012.

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Recent failings

In 2015, Chelsea, Arsenal & Manchester City were all ousted in the round of 16 in the Champions League. Liverpool didn't even make it out of the group stage of the competition.

In fairness to Chelsea & City, their opponents Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are top clubs in Europe with the latter winning the final in Berlin this past season.

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Arsenal's shock defeat to Monaco was a major indication that English clubs are too complacent in the knockout stages of Europe's elite competition. 

Will it change?

This year's Premier League participants will have a new but familiar look, provided that Manchester United don't hiccup in their qualifying round that takes place in mid-August.

United, City, Chelsea & Arsenal have all improved themselves, with the marquee additions of Raheem Sterling, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Petr Čech & Radamel Falcao all set to play a part in their quest for European success.

Europa success

It will also be very interesting to see how England's clubs in the Europa League do this season as well. Liverpool & Tottenham have already sealed group stage births, but Southampton and West Ham will both have to qualify.

The Hammers face Astra Giurgiu in the third qualifying round having already seen off Lusitanos and Birkirkara, while the Saints have a tougher task, going up against FC Twente.

A concerning pattern for Europa League clubs to consider is that the heavy travelling and awkwardness of Europa League fixtures tends to play a negative impact on domestic performances.

 It will be tough

In conclusion, while English clubs have improved and given themselves a better chance at success in Europe, it may yet be a while before we see a winner in either competition from England.

Barcelona, Real Madrid & Bayern Munich have all improved as well and they seem to have less gruelling schedules domestically which will help them continue their dominance.

The Europa League may be a toss up but if anyone from England has a shot at it, Liverpool would probably be the choice, as they have improved their depth and have an abundance of options in their squad geared to face a long season. 

Either way, it isn't as if European Football is ever boring so we can all look forward to promise of exciting football ahead!

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