After a largely dismal showing in the Champions League and Europa League from British teams this season, participation is well and truly over for another year.
In what was England’s worst season in Europe since 1992-93 – when Carlton Palmer’s Sheffield United were battling it out against the likes of Spora Luxembourg and FC Kaiserslauten – Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Celtic have now fallen by the wayside, allowing for Europe’s elite to battle it out for supremacy once again.
Much has been made of the failings, with many claiming that the lack of an English club in the quarter-finals of either competition disproves the claim that the Premier League is the best league in the world.
But there is still some hope for Brits, with just one representative remaining in each of the Champions League and Europa League.
Flying the flag for Britain in Europe’s elite club competition is Gareth Bale, who helped guide Real Madrid to ‘La Decima’ last season by heading what was virtually the winning goal in the final against arch rivals Atletico.
And whilst the Welshman is far from flavour of the month out in Spain, and with speculation persisting that he will be sold in the summer with a return to the Premier League his likely destination, Bale does still stand a very realistic chance of winning his second Champions League title in as many seasons.
Elsewhere, Manchester City reject Micah Richards is still in the Europa League with Fiorentina, whom he joined on a season-long loan in the summer.
It’s pretty bleak and really clutching at straws, but these two are Britain’s last great hope in European football this year.