English sides don't show well in Champions League

Published Friday, March 21, 2014 9:17 AM by Shane Barrow
English sides don't show well in Champions League

The opening leg of the 2014 Champions League did not go well for the four teams representing the English Premier League.  Chelsea was the only side to even score a goal.  It leaves all four staring squarely at an exit as the second legs approach.

Manchester United laid the biggest egg of all as they continued their phantom season.  It was their worst effort of the year as they traveled to Greece and were thoroughly beaten 2-0 by Olympiakos.  Luckily they have the second leg at Old Trafford, but they will need a monster performance.  

"That's the worst we have played in Europe," said an honest Moyes. "It was a really poor performance. We never really got going from the start and we didn't deserve anything because of the way we played.

Given the up and down ManU play this year expect them to shock us all and flip the 0-2 deficit to advance.

Chelsea gave the best performance of the four EPL sides as they battled Galatasarray to a 1-1 draw in Turkey.  They really could have put the match away with a dominating opening half of play.  Chelsea did not capitalize and only took a 1-0 lead to the second half where they saw themselves hanging on.  They escaped with the draw, but only thanks to a close range Didier Drogba miss.

The Blues are in good shape though heading back to Stamford Bridge only needing a victory or even a scoreless draw.  Chelsea should advance.

Arsenal and Manchester City are in much worse shape.  Both sides had red cards greatly impact their matches and both lost at home by 2-0 scores.  

Manchester City had Demichelis shown red for pulling down Lionel Messi early in the second half of their game.  Despite being right on the edge of the penalty area the referee also awarded a penalty kick which Barca converted.  They added anoth late goal against the ten man City and now head home to Spain with a solid lead.

Arsenal also saw red as they fell at The Emirates 2-0 to Bayern Munich.  A bright start was clouded when Ozil missed a penalty kick and things went the wrong way from there for Arsenal.  A red card to keeper Szczesny for taking out Robben tilted the match in favor of the Germans who scored twice in the final half for the road victory.  Now Arsenal must win handily in Germany which is a tall order and not likely at all.

With one more leg to come it looks like two of the English sides, ManCity and Arsenal, will be making their early exits from the Champions League.  Manchester United is in BIG trouble but have the chance to flip their matchup at Old Trafford, while Chelsea just needs a good result at home to advance.