Following Arsenal’s 4-0 embarrassment at the hands of AC Milan in the Champions League, GMF wondered if it was the worst performance of an English team in Champions League.
Arsene Wenger certainly thought it was the worst he had seen his Gunners side perform in European competition, but have they been bettered in the ‘worst showing’ stakes by other English teams?
GMF resolved itself to find five of the most dismal performances from English sides in the Champions League and bring them to you.
To end any confusion, the performance can be down to the brilliance of the opposition but it would have to have been truly great to eclipse another of Europe’s top sides in the competition.
1) Liverpool 0-2 Benfica, March 8, 2006
The Merseysiders were defending champions that year after their heroics against Milan in Istanbul, but were unceremoniously dumped out by the Portuguese side.
A toothless display was punished by two stunning goals from Simao and Fabrizio Miccoli.
2) FC Basel 2-1 Manchester United, December 7, 2011
This result will still be fresh in Sir Alex Ferguson’s mind as his side are forced to face Ajax in the Europa League.
The Red devils were wasteful with possession and chances for most of the game, so it was not a great surprise when Alexander Frei and Marco Streller capitalised on losses of concentration from United’s defence and goalkeeper to send them out of the competition at the first hurdle.
3) Chelsea 1-1 Rosenborg, September 18, 2007
This was Jose Mourinho’s last game in charge of the Blues and it was a dismal affair. The Norwegians took the lead midway through the second half and, although Chelsea did equalise through big money flop (familiar?) Andriy Shevchenko, the response was feeble.
The already bad atmosphere was compounded by the fact that Stamford Bridge was half-empty.
4) Real Madrid 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur, April 5, 2011
It may seem harsh to condemn Spurs in their first time playing at the illustrious Bernabeu, but this was after they had won 1-0 in Milan in the round before.
Peter Crouch set the tone for a calamitous display when he managed to pick up two silly bookings in the first 15 minutes, as Emmanuel Adebayor’s brace helped the Spanish side trample over Harry Redknapp’s side.
5) Spartak Moscow 4-1 Arsenal, November 28, 2000
Arsenal have never fared too well when playing behind the old iron curtain, but this was a display of exceptional haplessness.
The Gunners even took the lead through Brazilian left-back Sylvinho, but the sub-zero temperatures took their toll and the north Londoners whimpered to a thrashing at the hands of the Russians.
Now, before anybody begins to protest, GMF has chosen not to consider the most recent result in Milan, as we feel there is no fun in reminiscing about something that happened this week.
If there are any you think we missed and should have been there or you just want to give your verdict in our choices, leave a comment below and let us know.
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