England's preparations for their Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands on June 6 could be thrown into disarray if two English Premier League teams reach the Champions League final, national team manager Gareth Southgate has said.
A slump followed though and in the six seasons after that there were only six English quarter-finalists while in 2012-13 and 2014-15 no Premier League sides made the last eight.
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.
Former Blaugrana coach Pep Guardiola's team are one of the favourites to win the title and Manchester City have the quality between the four lines, as well as on the bench, to reach the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano final.
"I would like English teams to play against each other, without any kind of preference", the former Chelsea and United coach told Russian programmeRT.More news: Elon Musk’s defense of his Tesla tweet will get SEC response
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"So have a go at trying to win everything and that is what they are trying to do".
Liverpool's run to the final past year signalled a re-awakening and this season, with holders Real Madrid, Bayern and PSG all out, the odds are shortening on the first all-English final since United beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow in 2008.
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.
"It was a Champions League game and in these type of clashes it's normal that we have moments of tension and pressure because they're usually very tight games", he said.
They are doing so, so well during the competition that I think it would be unbelievable for one of them.
"It looked at Bayern that the pressure wasn't on their shoulders as it was a different competition".