Occasionally I get asked by SovSport magazine in Russia (where else would it be?) to comment on some aspect of English football for them. Latest questions: Why did English teams all do badly in the Champions League this season, and will Chelsea get through their Europa League quarter final against Rubin Kazan?
Obviously you’re an educated man (or woman), and you speak Russian, so you can read my answers here: http://www.sovsport.md/gazeta/article-item/595129
It also seems that when ‘new’ clubs like Man City come into the Champions League it takes them a while to play consistently well in Europe, no matter what they are doing domestically – even if the players themselves have played in the CL before, it seems as though the club needs to learn how to do it.
And of course Man Utd and Arsenal both had tough draws in the last 16, against teams who could easily go to the final.
The law of averages says English teams will all do poorly one season – I expect on average they will do better next time!2. Chelsea or Rubin is a tough call, but I would go with Chelsea because of their greater European experience. Rubin have done very well in Europe this season and these are possibly the two strongest teams in the quarter finals. It also seems tough psychologically for teams to go to Russia in the middle of winter, but spring doesn’t seem so bad! Chelsea have proven an excellent cup team in the last few years and they are out of the Premier League title race, so this is big for them and despite their transition and their interim manager I think they will go through.
Of course I don’t know too much about Rubin, so I may be surprised! So far there has not been much media attention on the tie here, but I’m sure that will change in a couple of weeks when we all forget about the Champions League!