Played 15, lost 0: are English clubs Champions League contenders again? | Paul Wilson

It is early days but managerial stability is powering an upsurge in results which suggests the Premier League sides can threaten Europe’s best

The Champions League group stage is now at its halfway point, each team having played three matches with three more to come, and before anything happens to spoil the effect it might be worth pressing the pause button for a moment to take in the unexpectedly fine view.

Not only does the Premier League boast the impressive total of five entrants this time, thanks to Manchester United’s dogged perseverance in last season’s Europa League, but all five English clubs at present top their groups. The competition is still young, yet even though Tottenham have visited the Bernabéu and Chelsea have faced Roma and Atlético Madrid, no one has actually lost yet.

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