Could We See A Rare One Nation Champions League Final in 2019?

Could We See A Rare One Nation Champions League Final in 2019?
14:14, 14 Mar 2019

With four Premier League clubs in the Champions League last eight, talk has inevitably turned to the chance of an all Premier League quarter-final.

Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool will discover their next opponents at the draw in Switzerland on Friday. 

It's the third time four teams from the same nation have reached this stage of the competition - and in all those instances, the teams have been from the Premier League.

In 2010/11, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham earned their places in the final eight while in 2008/09 and 2007/08 it was the turn of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and United again.  

Even the cream of La Liga have been unable to boast four teams standing at this stage. The best they have managed is three, a feat they have achieved four times.

You do not have to go back too far for the last - and only - all Premier League Champions League Final. In 2008 Manchester United claimed a third European crown after a dramatic win over Chelsea in Moscow, a game which was eventually decided on penalties and produced the unforgettable image of John Terry slipping on his penalty run-up.

In 2015/16 there was an all-Spanish final when Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid in Milan on penalties after the game ended 1-1. The fearsome front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were in their pomp for Zinedine Zidane's men while Fernando Torres and Antoine Griezmann led the line for Atleti.

This wasn't the first La Liga final between the sides - Real got the better of their city rivals in 2014 too with a 4-1 success after extra time. The final in Lisbon again saw Atleti concede an equaliser three minutes into stoppage time from Sergio Ramos after Diego Godin's first-half goal seemed like being the distance.

It was an all-German affair when Borussia Dortmund clashed with Bayern Munich at Wembley in 2013 and Bayern took the trophy with a 2-1 success. Arjen Robben was the Man of the Match. 

The first and as yet only all Italian Champions League final saw AC Milan triumph against AC Milan in 2003. A cagey affair at Old Trafford finished 0-0 at the end of extra time but Milan won 3-2 on penalties.

Back in 2000, it was the turn of La Liga to take centre stage and Real Madrid were too good for Valencia at the Stade de France winning 3-0. Steve McManaman scored on of Real's three goals to become the first English player to win the tournament with a non-English club.

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