Football: Wenger says too early to say English clubs in European decline
LONDON (REUTERS) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes it is too early to judge whether English sides are in decline in football's Champions League despite three of the four Premier League sides losing the first leg of their last-16 ties.
Arsenal lost 0-2 at home to European champions Bayern Munich, after being reduced to 10 men in the first half, and their French coach said no conclusions can be drawn until after the second legs.
"I think you have first to realise that all four (English) teams came out of the group stage. That means the level is there," he said on Thursday. "After only one game, you cannot judge a general trend."
Ten-man Manchester City lost 0-2 at home to Barcelona, English champions Manchester United went down by the same score at Olympiakos and Chelsea drew 1-1 at Galatasaray in the last 16.