ENGLISH clubs’ era of Euro domination is long gone, but German legend Lothar Matthaus reckons that is about to change.
English sides have struggled in Europe’s glamour tournament ever since — boasting just two semi-final appearances.
But ex-Germany skipper Matthaus is tipping next season’s BIG FIVE to make a real mark.
He said: “The competition has been dominated by Spanish sides over the past few years.
“But next season, with the quality English sides have on the bench and on the field, I feel it will be different.
“There is no doubt that English football now has some of the best coaches — maybe even the best.
“And that won’t include Arsene Wenger next season, which tells you how good the other five have been.
“I feel clubs in England have understood that even great coaches cannot arrive and alter everything in a day.
“Then factor in all the money, and number of good players, and you should get a winning mixture.
“This summer I expect English clubs to make big transfers — and they will get the results to match.
“So next season it’s five England clubs against four from Spain, for the first time. That is the first attack.
“I really think one or two English teams will make the last four.
“And I expect we will be saying something different about English sides this time next year.”
ANTONIO CONTE must increase his squad depth, especially in defence.
Keeping Eden Hazard would be huge — but Conte has doubts over his forward options and does not fancy Michy Batshuayi.
LOTHAR SAYS: “It is different when you have to play in Europe and not just focus on the Prem.
“But Conte will make certain Chelsea are ready for that.”
COMING to terms with playing at Wembley will be key — but first Mauricio Pochettino must have a good summer.
The Spurs chief needs to keep his squad together and find a suitable back-up for Harry Kane.
LOTHAR SAYS: “Now Dele Alli knows what is needed to play at the highest level, and with Kane at his best, they will be much better than last season.”
PEP GUARDIOLA is embarking on a huge defensive overhaul, with Kyle Walker potentially his next arrival.
Moneybags City are set to break the bank but Pep already boasts a wealth of attacking talent.
LOTHAR SAYS: “Pep seems satisfied by his offensive unit after adding Bernardo Silva. But he knows he must improve his defence to take on the best.”
LIVERPOOL struggled to cope when Sadio Mane was crocked last season, while two or three other injuries exposed their weaknesses in defence.
LOTHAR SAYS: “Jurgen Klopp has experience of the Champions League after taking Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013.
“And the Liverpool manager has some fantastic attacking players at his disposal already.”
JOSE MOURINHO dreams of a Champions League TREBLE after winning the trophy at both Porto and Inter Milan.
Manchester United will invest heavily again — but need Paul Pogba to shine more brightly and Marcus Rashford to blossom.
LOTHAR SAYS: “The Europa League is just not enough for the club or Mourinho. Champions League is always his ambition.”
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