Giggs: Premier League had only two world-class players in Champions League
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs says there were only two
world-class Premier League players on show in
the Champions League this season.
Neither of those are still gracing the competition, with
Leicester City the last British team standing at the
Tottenham failed to make it through their group, while Arsenal
suffered a humbling 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in
the last 16.
Manchester City also fell at that hurdle, with away goals
sealing their fate following a thrilling 6-6 draw with Monaco
over two legs.
While the Gunners and City will be disappointed with their
respective showings, Giggs feels they at least boast players of
the calibre required to compete at that level.
The Welshman is, however, concerned by the lack of top quality
talent acquired by British sides in their ongoing attempts to
conquer the continent.
The two-time Champions League winner told The
Telegraph: “It has been a factor throughout the
performances of English teams in the Champions League that the
quality simply is not there any longer, or not as it was when
English clubs had that good run in the competition from 2005 to
“It seems the very best players are concentrated elsewhere, and
there is just a sprinkling of the leading players in the
Premier League sides.
“Aside from Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez it is hard to
think of the world-class players in the English Champions
League squads this season.”
He added: “While Leicester have gone the furthest without [a
world-class player], it is striking when you consider how many
there are at Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in
“To win the Champions League most years, and ever more so in
recent times, you need three or more of those leafing players
and it says something about English football that there are so
few in our teams.
“It is not as if the money is not there to buy the best
players, it just seems that the recruitment has not always been
Questions have also been asked of Sanchez and Aguero this
season, with the former yet to commit to fresh terms at Arsenal
and the latter sparking exit rumours after being benched by Pep