Why the EPL Shouldn't Be Worried about Champions League Flameouts

Dusan LucicCorrespondent IIMarch 14, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  Ryan Giggs of Manchester United celebrates a goal with Wayne Rooney during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United at Loftus Road on February 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been eliminated and the English Premier League has no representatives in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1996.

Manchester City and Chelsea were the first ones to fall down, as they exited the Europe's top club competition in the group stage following disappointing results at the start of the campaign.

Arsenal and United held on for a little longer and were controversially beaten by Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, respectively, after a string of seemingly poor referee decisions.

However, the EPL shouldn't be worried about the recent failures.

Despite winning the Champions League last year, Chelsea are still in a transition period and it is a wide-known fact that they were overachieving when they sensationally beat Bayern to lift the trophy.

Nevertheless, the Blues are a formidable side when they are in top form and their squad is remarkably talented.

The likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Ashley Cole and Petr Cech will stay at the club and fight to regain its status as the world's best next year. Perhaps the only thing that the Blues are currently lacking is a renown manager to guide the revolution and return the club on its path.

Meanwhile, Manchester City, who've now crashed out in the group stages of the Champions League for the second consecutive time, have practically secured Champions League football next year (it's hard to believe they'll drop their 12-point lead over fifth-placed Arsenal).

The Sky Blues have an incredibly deep squad, but are inexperienced. Consequently, they paid the price in previous seasons.

However, with two years of football at the top level already behind them, it is only a matter of time before they become one of Europe's elite clubs. The biggest concern for the Citizens remains whether or not their manager Roberto Mancini is capable of guiding the club toward the closing stages of the Champions League.

But there are no concrete reasons for fans to worry, as their Qatari-based owner will probably be glad to spend more money on a world-class manager.

Arsenal seem to be the only team on the list that will miss out on the next year's edition of the Champions League. And rightly so.

The Gunners have let down their fans on numerous occasions this season, and unless they improve drastically in the remaining weeks, they do not deserve to compete with Europe's top clubs. 

Arsene Wenger's reluctance to spend money on star players has cost them severely.

His often one-sided, but aesthetically-pleasing style of play needs an overhaul as well. The passing-based system has worked for Arsenal almost perfectly since the Frenchman took over, but, unfortunately, it cannot compete with the rough English style of play on a regular basis.

The players are often suffering long spells on the sidelines due to innumerable injuries they have sustained against their league counterparts.

All in all, Arsenal need a change. The rumoured takeover bid, although probably false, might just be what the club needs.

On the other hand, Manchester United supporters have no reason to worry as long as they have Sir Alex Ferguson in the managerial seat.

Despite their early Champions League exit, the most successful English club is playing remarkably well this year and have all but secured their record-breaking 20th league title.

Had it not been for the referee's controversial decision to award a red card to Nani, which ultimately changed the course of the game, the Red Devils might have been playing in the quarterfinals now.

All things considered, EPL will be back in Champions League and will once again be favourites to go all the way next year.


What do you think? Should the EPL be worried about the Champions League flameout?