ALL ENGLISH FINAL: Premier League clubs dominate Champions League
Istanbul will host an all English Champions League final on the 29th May as Chelsea overcame Real Madrid to secure their place in the European showpiece.
This came 24 hours after Manchester City swept aside Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad to progress to their first ever Champions League final.
The match will be the second time in three seasons that the two sides in the final are English, after Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid in 2019.
UEFA has committed to holding the event in Turkey, despite rising COVID-19 cases in the country and calls for the final to be held in England due to public safety and fan access.
Premier League Leads The Way
Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that an all English final demonstrates the reasons why Florentino Perez and clubs from the other major leagues were desperate to force through plans for a European Super League:
“We go back to a big story in the last couple of weeks, the Super League. It just tells you why [Florentino] Perez, [Joan] Laporta, the two big Spanish giants, are desperate for a Super League, because at this moment they can't cope with the Premier League,” Carragher told CBS.
“It's not just the quality of the football, but the finances of the teams which helps them produce the best teams in terms of players, but also the great managers. You think of the job Tuchel has done, you've got Pep Guardiola in the final too. Jurgen Klopp in the league as well.
“At the moment it looks like the Premier League is the place to be. I think it's a sorry tale for the rest of Europe.”
Both Arsenal and Manchester United could add to the domination by making it an all English Europa League Final if they overcome Villarreal and Roma respectively.
Watch the channel on TV