Champions League: Five English teams into the knockout stage for the first time

Premier League clubs have created Champions League history, with five qualifying for the knockout stage.

Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have all progressed, making England the first country to have five teams in the competition’s last 16.

This was also the first time the Premier League had five representatives in the group stage, United earning their place by winning the Europa League last season.

Performance of teams from Europe’s big four leagues
Country P W D L F A GD Win %
England 30 21 6 3 80 26 +54 70
Spain 24 11 10 3 43 24 +19 45.8
Italy 18 8 4 6 27 22 +5 44.4
Germany 18 7 3 8 30 39 0 38.8

Most points and most wins

English sides have been dominant in the group stages.

Tottenham topped a tough Group H that also included Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, finishing on 16 points – more than any other team managed in the group stage.

Liverpool were the second-highest scorers, hitting 23 goals in their six games. Only PSG (25) managed more, and three of the top six scorers were Premier League clubs.

Fourteen seasons, seven teams – stats you need to know

  • Since 2003-04, seven different English clubs have appeared in the Champions League group stages – Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.
  • In those 14 seasons, the teams reaching the group stages have qualified for the knockout stage 84% of the time.
  • The highlight was 2007-08, with Arsenal reaching the quarter-finals, Liverpool making it to the semi-finals, and Manchester United beating Chelsea in the final.
  • The low point was 2012-13, when only Manchester United and Arsenal made the last 16, and both exited at that stage.



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