International football Tottenham-Liverpool and Chelsea-Arsenal
In the last ten years, the Premier League’s sides have become used to coming up short in the Champions League.
One Brexit after another has been the trend, which was only broken temporarily by Chelsea‘s winning of the tournament in 2012 and Liverpool reaching the final in 2018.
Elite football appeared to have moved away from England and instead Spain was the country that ruled, with Real Madrid and Barcelona dominating the last five – Los Blancos winning four to the Catalans’ one.
But the Premier League is back and both the Europa League and Champions League finals will be all-English affairs with Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal the only sides left standing across both competitions.
In the Europa League, only Manchester United in 2017 had interrupted Atletico Madrid and Sevilla‘s shared dominance.
“I want to congratulate Jurgen Klopp,” said Maurcio Pochettino after Spurs’ own heroics against Ajax.
“Because Liverpool were fantastic against Barcelona, they are also heroes and we’re going to have an incredible final between two English clubs.”
“Pochettino spoke about Liverpool before the game,” admitted Danny Rose. “He showed us that we shouldn’t give up.”
Klopp himself spoke about the Reds’ remarkable turnaround and he attributed their extra motivation to last season’s loss against Real Madrid.
“After losing to Madrid, we felt we had to come back,” Klopp confessed, and they did exactly that without Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita.
Neither Liverpool or Spurs have been all that successful domestically of late. The Merseysiders haven’t won their league since 1990, whereas the Londoners have been waiting since 1961.
The Premier League has recovered to the heights of the mid to late 2000s when they had six finalists and two champions in Manchester United and Liverpool.
In recent years, both 2013 and 2015 saw no English sides progress as far as the quarter-finals.
It can’t be underplayed how much impact the economic muscle of the league has played though, as the value of the television rights continue to soar.