Can a London Team Win This Year’s Champions League?

Following Tottenham and Arsenal’s midweek victories in the Champions League and Chelsea’s favourable last 16 fixture with FC Copenhagen, all 3 London teams that entered this season’s Champions League are sitting in a good position.

Historically, no London team have ever won the European Cup/Champions League. Arsenal were runners up in 2006 and Chelsea in 2008.

England have seen winners from Merseyside (Liverpool x5), Manchester (Manchester United x3), Nottingham (Nottingham Forest x2) and the West Midlands (Birmingham City x1), but none from the capital.

Arsenal and Chelsea have both won the Premier League, while Tottenham Hotspur have also won the top flight of English football and represented London in the European Cup/Champions League since the competition began in 1955.

Spain and Italy hold the best record in the history of the Champions League, each nation having representatives lifting the trophy on 12 occasions. Adding Glasgow Celtic’s success in 1967, the United Kingdom have then had successful teams on 12 occasions.

Milan is the most successful city with AC Milan and Internazionale combining for 10 successes; 1 more than Real Madrid.

Despite losing 2-1 in the first leg to Arsenal, Barcelona remain the favourites to win this season’s Champions League, followed by Real Madrid and Chelsea respectively.

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