A new era dawning for Europe's super clubs?

It looks as if the break from football and sports in general is to be extended past April leaving Europe's club competitions in limbo. If play is to be resumed it is looking increasingly likely that the Champions League and Europa League will have no place in the schedule amid the panic to finish domestic seasons. Keeping that in mind, I've decided to have a glance over the state of play across Europe and my mind is convincing me we could be in for a major shift in terms of the teams at the top of the pyramid. I will discuss the clubs who are promising a breakthrough to the top tier in the near future. 



Premier League Breakthrough

Last season four English clubs competed in the respective Champions League and Europa League finals. The popular opinion, however, is that the quality of the Premier League has diminished. Liverpool's dominance has overlooked some promising projects taking place throughout English football's top tier. Manchester City has a two year European ban looming over them but they have finally started to look a major force in Europe in recent seasons. They recently put in a master class performance to win at Real Madrid and looked a real force before their VAR interrupted quarter-final exit last season. Arsenal and Chelsea competed in the Europa League final but both have parted ways with their managers in that time. Despite the managerial changes, both squads have shown high levels of star potential. Chelsea boasts players like Mason Mount, Tomori, Abraham and co. who would be comfortable playing at the top level for many years. Last season's beaten Europa League finalists Arsenal are a bit further behind in their development but the future is far from dark. Mikel Arteta is a manager I can see with a big future ahead of him in the game and he has some raw talent that could develop into superstars with the right guidance in the current squad. Saka, Martinelli, Nelson, Willock, Nketiah, Maitland-Niles, Tierney, Pepe and Torreria are all under the age of 25. The Premier League could dominate Europe in the very near future. 


Red Bull Revival

Leipzig comfortably dispatched of Tottenham in the Champions League
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We live in a world full of possibilities. Very little is unachievable with the right effort and commitment but for a football club to be founded just under 11 years ago and to now be in the Champions League quarter finals alongside an intriguing title race is just incredible. Regardless of the hate in Germany for the club's rise or unlimited finances the story at Leipzig is one that is not credited properly enough. From their rise through the leagues to their dismantling of Tottenham recently in the Champions League the sky looks to be the limit for the German side. Like Ajax failed to do, keeping hold of the likes of Werner, Sabitzer and Upamecano will be the key. Having led the way in Germany for a large part of the season, falling behind Bayern Munich will be a blow but if the Champions League is to be resumed, Leipzig is one I would keep an eye on. 


Goals Galore in Italy

Atalanta reached the 1/4 finals of the Champions League at the first attempt.
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Let us put one thing straight. If you are betting on over 2.5 goals then Italian football is a total nightmare but some of the quality up front at the top of the table surpasses the reputation bestowed on Serie A. I covered the progress of Lazio and Inter previously but it is the story of Atalanta that I will be covering here. Atalanta struck 70 goals in 25 league games before football was cut short. They are ready to surpass last season's tally of 77 and have reached the quarter finals of the Champions League. It may be just a flash in the pan but the team has gone from strength to strength in recent seasons and may well be a fixture at Europe's top table if the Champions League revenue is invested properly in the playing squad, particularly at the back. 


Sevilla Surprise

Sevilla are a club who are no stranger to success, more often than not in the Europa League. Smart sales and recruitment means they have always competed for honours. The question remains, when will they take the next step? They are well in the mix for a top four finish after a seventh place finish in 2017/18 alongside a Copa Del Rey final. Last season the club finished just two points outside the top four in sixth. Lucas Ocampos has been the star of the show this season while the experience of Ever Banega has been assisted by the loan arrival of Sergio Reguilon and permanent arrival of Suso. The squad is still lacking a bit in terms of Champions League contenders but the promise has been there for a number of seasons and surely it is only a matter of time before they dine at Europe's top table. 


Are there any other clubs you feel are primed for an assault on the upper echelons of European Football? 

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