MISFORTUNE OF MANCHESTER UNITED AND TOTTENHAM IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE



Premier league is one of the most watched league in the world, with a quite number of classical and impressive teams. This has made Premier league to be an interesting league to watch.

It's of total absurdity if outright denial is proposed that I have not witnessed numerous argument about the difficulty of Premier league to other leagues in the world, for example La liga, Seria A just to mention a few.

Such arguments are banal, but the quality of Premier league top sides in biggest European competition like Champions league has been questionable.

Over decade now since Premier league sides wielded superior dominance in the Champions league. Where it's a necessity to always have two or maximum of three Premier league sides making the semi finals of the competition.

Arch rivalry in the league has grown significantly, an absolute different Premier league to the one we witnessed over decades.

Leicester city winning the Premier league enhance the unpredictability of the league. It's no more a top four league teams but instead we have a top six teams.

A distinctive difference to other leagues in the world. But the quality of these sides against top clubs like FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich in the Champions league have been questionable.

The ancient Premier league was not as competitive as the modern Premier league but it had clubs that knocked out the likes of Real Madrid, Ac Milan and FC Barcelona from the Champions league.

I wouldn't want to blame the result on experience rather the tactics of most Premier league coaches, with reference to the Premier league clubs current result and development in the round 16 of the Champions league.

Having a total of five excellent team representing the league in the Champions league this season. We had the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea,Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Each of this teams boost of talented and quality players. It was of no surprise that this teams made it to the round of 16 in the Champions league.

But there was no certainty that one particular Premier league team would make it to the Final. This is a league that have produced world finest players like Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Thierry Henry etc

The league also boost of having the world most intelligent and amazing coaches, the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

But results of the Champions league round of 16 have got different mouth rolling that is Premier league really worthy of the hype imposed on it.

Tottenham Hotspur, a team that won against defending Champions Real Madrid in the group stages, now losing at home to Juventus after  an impressive draw in the first leg.

Yesterday the world most richest club, Manchester United lost to Spanish side Sevilla at home. The results from this two games are abysmal.

The players are not to be blamed because they played according to the tactics and instructions given by the coach.
Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham manager blew the game with his intense adamancy of playing an attacking football after taking the lead at Wembley Stadium.

Allegri's experience and intelligence led Tottenham to an unforeseen elimination.  The game plan should have changed after taking the lead, the attack should have lessened and more of defensive play.

Jose Mourinho Manchester United coach also suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Vincenzo Montella's side Sevilla. Having played a goalless draw in Spain, a normal coach would have targeted an emphatic at home against Sevilla but Jose Mourinho opted for a reserved midfield and attack.

Playing Marcos Rashford upfront on the right wing different from the left wing he performed brilliantly against Liverpool. Replacing club star midfielder Paul pogba for Fellaini who was just returning from injury, the first he is playing in four months.

This tactics led to Sevilla eliminating Manchester United from the Champions league. Now the question is, are Premier league managers currently lacking dexterity in tactics or what?

Odukoya Adeniyi
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