For some reason I have failed to get excited with this season’s Champions League. As a Liverpool fan I naturally have less interest in the competition when we are not involved but taking all other factors into account I still feel this season has been missing a spark. The quality of football has seriously declined in the past few years. Uefa changed the rules to allow smaller clubs from poor leagues to qualify for the group stages and this has taken away from the prestige of the competition. The group stages have become boring and very predictable (Manchester Utd being an exception this year). At the beginning of the group stages it would have been very easy to select group winners and runners up and the majority of these teams qualified).
In the past there would not be a Tuesday or Wednesday night where I would not be plonked in front of the TV with the Champo League on but this year has been different. Bayern Munich vs. Basel is on tonight and I am seriously considering watching something else instead. Am I the one who has changed or does anyone find this game very unappealing?
The fact that the English clubs have been so poor this year is the only logical answer which I can think of. Manchester City and Utd both exited the competition in the group stages and Arsenal and Chelsea are on the brink. This is a reflection of the decline in the premier league over the past two seasons. The quality of football and especially defending has decreased dramatically this season e.g. Arsenal losing 4-0 and Chelsea being beaten 3-1 by Napoli.
Lets just hope Liverpool can qualify for next years competition and bring back memories such as this: