27 Dec

Premier League clubs ranked by number of Champions League winners in their squad

first_img 10 10 =8. West Bromwich Albion have one Champions League winner in their squad – Jonny Evans played two games for Manchester United on the way to them winning the 2007/08 Champions League, appearing as a substitute against Dynamo Kyiv and making his first European start against Roma. 10 10 3. Manchester City have three Champions League winners in their squad – Dodgy goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was Barcelona’s league keeper in 2014/15, so did not make a European appearance on their way to winning the Champions League that year. However, he was a consistent substitute and made the bench for the final. Summer signing Danilo has two Champions League medals to his name, after coming on as a substitute for Real Madrid in the 2016 final, and remaining on the bench for the 2017 edition. Yaya Toure played the full 90 minutes of Barcelona’s 2009 win over Man United, appearing as a centre-back in Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side. 10 2. Chelsea have four Champions League winners in their squad – David Luiz and Gary Cahill were Chelsea’s centre-back partnership when they won the 2012 final, both putting in superb displays despite playing with injuries. Record signing Alvaro Morata has two medals to his name, having come off the bench for Real Madrid in both the 2014 and 2017 finals. Pedro has won three Champions Leagues, all with Barcelona. He came on as a substitute in the 2009 win over Man United, started and scored the opening goal against the same opposition two years later, and again came off the bench in the 2015 victory over Juventus. 5. Liverpool have two Champions League winners in their squad – Daniel Sturridge was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s memorable win over Bayern Munich, while Emre Can won the competition the following year with Bayern in their victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. Can did not appear for the German champions in Europe that season, but still claimed a medal. Stoke City have completed the signing of Jese Rodriguez from Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan.Arriving as something of a replacement for summer departure Marko Arnautovic, Jese also takes another mantle from the new West Ham signing.Arnautovic was one of five Champions League winners in Stoke’s squad, a total which dropped to four when he signed for the Hammers. It had reached the total of five on July 1, when Mark Hughes signed Darren Fletcher from West Brom on a free transfer.But now that Jese has arrived, he takes that total back up to five having twice won Europe’s premier competition while with Real Madrid.So, which Premier League clubs have the most Champions League winners in their squads? You can find out the answer by clicking the right arrow, above… 10 10 5. Manchester United have two Champions League winners in their squad – Michael Carrick is the only player in United’s current squad remaining from their side that won the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea. The midfielder player the full 120 minutes, and also scored his penalty in the shootout. Juan Mata is the second member of Jose Mourinho’s squad who has won the European Cup, claiming the trophy in 2012 with Chelsea. Mata played the full game and missed his penalty in the shootout, though Petr Cech’s heroics meant it did not matter. 10 =8. Arsenal have one Champions League winner in their squad – Petr Cech left Chelsea for the Gunners in 2015, three years after his exceptional performance in the 2012 Champions League final. He was a vital performer up to the clash against Bayern Munich in Germany, and then surpassed even his high expectations in that match by saving a penalty from Arjen Robben in extra-time, then keeping out two spot kicks in the penalty shootout. 3. Southampton have three Champions League winners in their squad – Ryan Bertrand was a shock selection when Roberto Di Matteo started him in the Champions League success of 2012, while Oriol Romeu made three European appearances that season and was an unused substitute against Bayern Munich. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg earned his medal the following season for Bayern, though he did not play a single minute for them in the 2012/13 Champions League. 10 =8. West Ham United have one Champions League winner in their squad – Marko Arnautovic joined the Hammers in the summer, leaving Jese’s new team Stoke to move to east London. He was on loan at Inter Milan when they won the Champions League in 2010, though did not play a single game in the competition. 5. Everton have two Champions League winners in their squad – Wayne Rooney was a key player for Manchester United when they won the European Cup in 2008, scoring four goals in 11 games – including match-winning strikes against Sporting and Roma in the group stage. Sandro Ramirez was a member of Barcelona’s squad when they won the 2014/15 Champions League, and the attacker managed one goal in three European group games that season. He did not make the squad for the final, however. 10 1. Stoke City have five Champions League winners in their squad – Jese has been confirmed as a Stoke signing today, making him the fifth player in Mark Hughes’ squad to be a Champions League winner. And in fact, he has two medals to his name! He made five European appearances without getting called up for the final as Real Madrid won the 2014 edition, then managed to make it onto the bench without playing for the 2016 final. Bojan also has two medals, making the bench in both 2009 and 2011 without playing a minute of the final. Xherdan Shaqiri was an unused substitute when Bayern Munich won the 2013 Champions League, and Darren Fletcher also failed to make it off the bench for Man United in 2008. Ibrahim Afellay came on as an injury time substitute for Barcelona in the 2011 win over Man United. So, despite Stoke claiming five Champions League winners, the players managed just ONE minute of European final football combined.last_img

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