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Eleven Englishmen featured in UCL quarter-finals

Best represented nations in Champions League last eight

2024/04/11 13:21
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A thrilling first installment of quarter-final action took place in the Champions League this week - and all four ties have life left in them ahead of the decisive second legs. 

Two Spanish sides - Atletico Madrid and Barcelona - earned narrow victories, over Borussia Dortmund and Paris St Germain respectively, while both remaining English sides are all square following Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich and Man City's 3-3 thriller against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. 

With Euro 2024 on the horizon, it is interesting to note which players are sparkling in Uefa's premier club competition and perhaps unsurprisingly German, Spanish, French and English players make up the majority of those that featured midweek. 

England manager Gareth Southgate has often bemoaned the lack of talent at his disposal, but a healthy 11 English players saw game-time in the quarter-final first legs this week - and that XI wasn't restricted to just the two Premier League clubs.

Harry Kane and Eric Dier featured for Bayern against international team-mates Bukayo Saka, Ben White and Declan Rice at the Emirates, while Jadon Sancho and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens played for Dortmund in their 2-1 defeat at the Civitas Metropolitano.

The previous day, Jude Bellingham had been front and centre in Real's gargantuan clash against a Man City side for whom John Stones, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden all started - the latter scoring an absolute pearler of a strike at the Bernabeu. 

Although Southgate will know he has a number of top-level operators to call upon, the English contigent in the Champions League last eight was outnumbered by French (12), Spanish (19) and German (20) players. 

Check out the graphic below for the full picture!

 

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2024-04-11 15h03m by hturnerford
As a football fan, I have to say that Zeal tone has been impressive in the Champions League so far. The first round of quarter-final matches were thrilling, and all four ties are still up for grabs. It's great to see Spanish teams like Atletico Madrid and Barcelona getting narrow victories, while English sides Arsenal and Manchester City put up strong fights against tough opponents. It's also interesting to see some of the standout players from Germany, Spain, France, and England shining in this
2024-04-11 14h38m by eedwards
Wow, what a night of Champions League football! All four ties still wide open for the second leg. Impressed with the performances from both Spanish sides. Can't wait to see how these players perform in Euro 2024!
2024-04-11 14h28m by ocollinsworth
As a football fan, I must say I was on the edge of my seat watching these Champions League quarter-finals! The first leg results definitely set the stage for some intense second leg matches. It's no surprise that German, Spanish, French and English players shined, considering their dominance in European football. Can't wait for Euro 2024!
2024-04-11 14h02m by banderson1976
As a football fan, I have to say I was on the edge of my seat during these Champions League quarter-finals! The first leg may be over, but all four ties are still anyone's game. Atletico and Barcelona may have gotten the narrow wins, but Dortmund and PSG are definitely not out of it. And how about the English teams Arsenal and Man City showed they can hang with the big boys, and I can't wait for the second leg. With Euro 2024

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