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Champions League still belongs to Ronaldo and Messi despite Premier League's strong showing

Champions League still belongs to Ronaldo and Messi despite Premier League's strong showing

The Champions League Round of 16 saw the Premier League's four representatives -- Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham -- each deliver a serious statement of intent as they booked their place in Friday's draw for the latter stages.

Liverpool claimed one of their most impressive ever European Cup away wins with a 3-1 victory against Bayern Munich in Germany, and Spurs cruised past Borussia Dortmund with a 4-0 aggregate win against Lucien Favre's team.

In three ties between Premier League and Bundesliga opposition, the English clubs won 17-3 on aggregate, which will be regarded as a humiliating outcome by Germany's top teams.

United's unexpected victory over PSG also ensures that they will be regarded as a dangerous outsider in Friday's draw, but while it's inevitable that the focus will be on the prospect of a first English Champions League winner this season since Chelsea in 2012, it would be wise to consider the threat posed by Messi and Ronaldo, with Barca and Juve respectively, to Premier League ambitions.

Everything inevitably comes to an end at some point but if an English team is to win the Champions League this season, they are likely to have to beat a team containing Messi or Ronaldo, or defeat both, in order to claim the trophy.

Source: www.espn.com
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