Manchester City’s somewhat inevitable succumbing to Barcelona’s irresistible charms ensured English clubs achieved dodo status in the 2014/15 Champions League before the quarter-final stage.
Unlike the famously flightless bird, however, the Premier League’s elite will have ample opportunity to bounce back in the future.
Indeed, the good people at bwin.com have already termed one or more English clubs to make next season’s last eight a 1/2 chance, while a painful repeat of a barren quarter-final landscape is a 7/5 shot.
Whether or not next season ushers in more Euro misery, after the second such instance of a last-eight no-show from the top-flight’s finest in three years, an inquest must be held nonetheless.
Was it the fault of their managers? Did the so-called big players fail to justify their astronomical wage packets? Or was it all just a conspiracy by UEFA?
Jose Mourinho will probably believe the latter, but we’ve gone about our detective work in a typically graphical fashion.