Former Manchester United defender Neville warned Jose Mourinho’s side that improvement was required if the Blues are to retain their title. However, next season, the points from 2011/12 will drop off the scale, and therefore England will lose 3.893 points, relative to Italy.
Furthermore, the Europa League now provides a bonus route into the Champions League which could yet be invaluable to a few of English football’s elite. They had lost their previous six matches in all competitions, a dismal sequence which prompted coach Lucien Favre to quit.
In a recent press conference, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers commented on the issue saying that the FA doesn’t do enough to help Premier League clubs succeed in the Champions League.
“We can do more to support teams in Europe”.
With 15 wins and two draws to their name in the last 17 meetings, Pellegrini’s team are enjoying their longest ever unbeaten streak against Premier League opposition over Newcastle.
Sturridge now boasts a better Premier League scoring record at Liverpool than the likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler; his 37 goals in 57 appearances representing a goal to game ratio of 0.65, edging second placed Torres’ ratio of 0.64 from 65 goals in 102 appearances. The Hammers have used 24 different players in the league this season; two more than any other side…Also flirting with the relegation zone, Bournemouth and Stoke City met on Saturday, with the Potters taking away the points after a 2-1 victory – their first of the season. One that’s closely contested or a league with one or two powerhouses that consistently challenge in Europe?
“This is an old argument for me, but why does every other country help their clubs when they have big European games, but the Premier League has a different agenda”.
“The physicality of the Premier League is like no other”. And it may be down to the money, but it’s a great thing to witness the rise of the Premier League’s mid-card. There is no game in the Premier League where you can do that. “The non-Champions League sides have smaller squads and they can’t deal with European matches on top of what they already have”.
“When you look at the quality and standard of players at this club it’s nearly demanded of us to be competing in Europe at the highest level”. That loss followed another 2-1 reverse, this time at the hands of West Ham United in the Premier League, thereby destroying the Citizens’ flawless start to the league season.
“I think with how the other game went, losing 2-1 to PSV, we know that our home games in the Champions League are crucial to getting through the group”, says United centre-back Chris Smalling.
“Of course the first game didn’t go well for us but we have a lot of matches in front of us that we want to do well,” Özil told the official Arsenal website.