This season’s Premier League representatives in the Champions League are on the verge of making history in the competition if all five clubs manage to qualify for the knockout stages this week.
No country has ever had five teams in the last-16 stage of the Champions League before, but all the Premier League club’s in this year’s competition have either already qualified or are in prime position to do so with one game remaining in the group stages.
Manchester City have already secured top spot in Group F with five wins out of five, while Tottenham have topped Group H, ahead of Real Madrid, with their superior head-to-head record against the current holders.
Chelsea are also guaranteed a place in the last 16 and they will be joined by Manchester United and Liverpool if they both avoid defeats in the final games at home to CSKA Moscow and Spartak Moscow respectively. Wins, meanwhile, would secure top spot for both of them.
This year is the first time five English teams have competed in the Champions League group stage after Manchester United qualified with their Europa League victory, despite finishing sixth in the Premier League.
Should all five teams make it through the group stages, it will be the first time that all English teams have progressed to the knockouts since 2013-14, showing the significant improvement from the Premier League contingent this term.
That being said, this is only the second time any country has had five teams in the Champions League group stages, and that was Spain back in 2015-16 with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Europa League winners Sevilla.
However, on that occasion, although the two Madrid teams made it to the final, Sevilla and Valencia were both eliminated in the groups.