IT’S been a bad week for German teams in Europe…
One night later, Borussia Dortmund were thumped 6-3 on aggregate by Monaco to exit Europe’s elite contest.
Germany’s last hope in Europe was Schalke in the Europa League… but they lost 4-3 to Ajax on aggregate on Thursday night.
Despite having three teams reach the quarter-finals, 2016-17 is the first season since 2004-05 that Germany have had NO teams in the last-four of either European tournament.
But how have the rest of the so-called ‘Big Five’ leagues fared through the last 13 seasons?
First of all, the Premier League has only missed out on having a team in the semis of either tournament once, in the 2014-15 season.
Manchester United are the sole flag-flyers this season after their win over Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, La Liga is clearly the most successful team of the past decade, having at least three teams in the last-four per season since 2013-14.
Spain also had FIVE teams out of eight in the both tournaments’ semi-finals in the 2011-12 season.
The Serie A has been very hit-and-miss in the past few years – going from three teams in 2014-15 to none last year… they will rely on Juventus this time around.
Meanwhile, France has struggled in the past 13 seasons, failing to see a single club in the last four of either competition in all but two seasons.
Monaco are flying the flag in 2016-17 as they get set to take on Juve in the Champions League.
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