VIN­TAGE SHERI FAN­CIES THE FULL ENGLISH

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY STEVE STAM­MERS

TEDDY SHER­ING­HAM be­lieves a Premier League club can end Eng­land’s six-year drought in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Chelsea were the last from these shores to win the most prized com­pe­ti­tion in Euro­pean club foot­ball when they beat Bay­ern Mu­nich on penal­ties in 2012.

Manch­ester City, Chelsea and Tot­ten­ham are into the knock­out stages of this sea­son’s tour­na­ment, while Manch­ester United and Liver­pool can seal their last-16 places this week.

And Sher­ing­ham, who knows all about win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League, reck­ons the tro­phy will be com­ing back to Blighty once more.

The former Eng­land striker, who won it with Manch­ester United in 1999, said: “What you need is that abil­ity to dig in, to get a re­sult when it seems you are go­ing to lose. We had that twice at United.

“We were los­ing to Ju­ven­tus at home in the semi-fi­nal first leg and Ryan Giggs lev­elled it. We were 2-0 down in the sec­ond leg, but won the match 3-2. And we all know what hap­pened in the fi­nal. It’s what you get for never giv­ing in.”

And of the English clubs, he said: “Man City are look­ing so good at the mo­ment.

“OK, so they don’t have a su­per­star like Lionel Messi or Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, but they have good play­ers and power up front. And they have shown in the last two matches that they have that abil­ity to grind out a re­sult. It is that kind of at­ti­tude you need at times in Europe.

“As for United, their man­ager Jose Mour­inho is a proven win­ner.

“Chelsea also have a man­ager with a great record. They have ex­pe­ri­ence, with play­ers like Cesc Fabre­gas, and they also have front play­ers who can get those vi­tal goals.

“Tot­ten­ham drew away with Real Madrid and beat them at home. Not bad, is it? They now have a year’s ex­pe­ri­ence in the Cham­pi­ons League and that is show­ing. They look more ac­com­plished this sea­son and they have match-win­ners like Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

“Liver­pool look for­mi­da­ble up front. They may have de­fen­sive de­fi­cien­cies, but, if they can put that right, they will be a threat. I can see one of that lot win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League.”

And Sher­ing­ham does not rule out the prospect of a Euro dou­ble, with Ar­se­nal win­ning the Europa League.

“It is a com­pe­ti­tion that brings Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball for the win­ners, like for United.

“Ar­se­nal can do the same with the squad they have.”

1999: Cham­pi­ons League win­ner Sher­ing­ham

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