Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte believes this season is the right time for an English team to win the Champions League.
Conte believes this season, English teams are the favourites to win the Champions League. Five English teams have made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League this year with four of them finishing top of the table.
Chelsea were the only English team to finish as runners up and have drawn a hard game with their Champions League nemesis FC Barcelona.
Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham all finished top of their groups which is the first time since 2006/07 that happened.
And three of those teams have very winnable games while Tottenham were cruely unlucky for their effort in finishing top in a group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund by drawing Italian champions Juventus.
And Conte believes that an English team can win it after a run of five years without an English team winning the title since Chelsea won it in 2012.
“I think the first round showed great power for the English teams,” Conte said.
“Four teams arrived at the top of their group and it means they are really strong. It will be difficult to face English teams, especially in February. But then in March, April, I don’t know because when you accumulate many games in the players’ legs it will be more difficult for them to reach something important. But at the same time this could be the right season for an English team to win the Champions League.”
Last 16 ties: Juventus v Tottenham; Basel v Manchester City; Porto v Liverpool; Sevilla v Manchester United; Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain; Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma; Chelsea v Barcelona; Bayern Munich v Besiktas.
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