Leicester however stunned everyone once again. Although many thought they would bomb in the early stages, they managed to go on and win their group, losing only once to Porto. They managed to get past Sevilla in the last 16 and booked themselves a trip to Madrid against Atletico. They came pretty close, losing by a single goal at the Vicente Calderon with everything to play for at the King Power. Atletico were 1-0 up in the first half however leaving the Foxes with two goals to find, but even a 61st minute Jamie Vardy goal wasn’t enough to get them into the semis and they bowed out as the best English team in Europe in 2017.
So what has gone so wrong? Why have English teams performed so poorly compared to a few years ago, when two or three clubs were getting to at least the quarters?
It seems that quite a few big clubs are in transition at the moment. There was no Manchester United or Chelsea in this year’s tournament due to poor league finishes. Both teams were in transition with Jose Mourinho just about through the door at United and Antonio Conte yet to take the reigns and drag Chelsea out of poor form. Even City were still slipping and sliding, getting used to Pep’s tactics and vision. Tottenham, although in great form, couldn’t quite find form in mid-week games and it seemed that Pochettino was focusing his efforts on the League.
So with five of the English elite all eager for European glory next season there will surely be a vast improvement, won’t there?