English clubs will look to take the initiative as the Champions League resumes this week. On paper Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United have winnable matches. Eventmasters are delighted to provide Champions League hospitality packages for Manchester United, Chelsea FC and Arsenal.
A significant improvement is required after only Chelsea were successful in the first round of fixtures. Indeed it is vital for the future of English football.
Defeats for United, City and Arsenal followed on from last season’s poor showing in which no Premier League club reached the quarter-finals. Were results to continue in the same vein, only three English teams would be allowed into Europe’s premier competition with Italy threatening to take the extra place following the success of Juventus in reaching last season’s final.
Already Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur struggle to qualify. If another big name club were to be ousted it would be disaster. Seven years after Manchester United and Chelsea met in the Champions League final and three of the four semi-finalists were from England.
Changed days. Arsenal take on Olympiakos in a match they should win and win well.
The Gunners’ recent record is not great yet the silky skills of Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla and company are ideally suited to the Champions League, perhaps more so than the hustle and bustle of the Premiership. Arsenal Champions League hospitality guests will be hoping to toast a convincing victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal go into the match in good firm, with manager Arsene Wenger describing Alexis Sanchez as a world-class player after the Chile forward scored a hat-trick in the 5-2 demolition of Leicester City on Saturday.
Manchester United welcome Wolfsburg and will be buoyed by going top of the Premiership at the expense of local rivals City. There has been massive change at Old Trafford and they need to respond from the 2-1 defeat against PSV Eindhoven. Manchester United Champions League hospitality guests will be expecting another win for their side who are in red-hot form.
Louis van Gaal hailed the end of Wayne Rooney’s Barclays Premier League goal drought as “fantastic” for the Manchester United captain’s confidence. Rooney netted his first BPL goal in 1,000 minutes as United beat Sunderland 3-0 on Saturday in a match that also saw Memphis Depay score his maiden league goal since joining from PSV Eindhoven in the summer.
Wolfsburg are dangerous but not in great shape – a city rocked by the Volkswagen scandal. The German side’s boss Dieter Hecking has been critical of his players in the wake of a 1-1 draw with Hanover at the weekend.
Chelsea FC go to Porto, for Jose Mourinho a return to Portugal and the club where he first made his name. He ought to be given a hero’s welcome. Chelsea ought to win.
But they are not firing on all cylinders this season and only managed a 2-2 draw against Sunderland at the weekend. Luckily they are in a relatively easy group. And they started well in the Champions League, winning 4-0 at Stamford Bridge to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
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