After a bleak period of time for English clubs in the Champions League, which saw proceedings in the world's biggest and most talked about club competition dominated by teams from Spain, Italy and Germany, throughout the previous two seasons, the Premier League has slowly started to regain its crown as the leading domestic league in Europe.
Liverpool's efforts last season, which saw them reach the final against Real Madrid but ultimately miss out thanks to a stunning overhead kick from Gareth Bale, once again got the ball rolling for English sides in the UCL. No English side has won the competition since Chelsea defeated Bayern Munich on penalties in 2012, but this term there's as good chance that things will change.
With four clubs still remaining in the competition at the quarter-final phase this season, and at least one guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals at the end of April, the Premier League's dominance is now as rife as ever, reminiscent of times throughout the mid-to-late noughties where it would almost be a guarantee to see at least three English sides still left in the competition at this late stage.
Either Manchester City or Tottenham will be competing in the semi-finals in three weeks time, dependant on who comes out victorious in next Wednesday's do-or-die clash at the Etihad, while it looks all but certain that Liverpool have again booked their spot in the semi-finals after a convincing 2-0 win at home to Porto on Tuesday evening. The Reds travel to Portugal for the return leg on Wednesday, knowing that a clean sheet will be enough to see them through to the next round, and considering their defensive performances this term, they look a sure bet to complete the job at the Estádio do Dragão.
As for Manchester United, things look a lot tricker. Trailing the competition's five-time winners Barcelona by a goal after the first leg at Old Trafford, they now need to score a minimum of two without conceding to progress through to the next round. As we saw in the last round though, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are capable of turning things around against Europe's elite, with their stunning last-16 comeback against Paris Saint-Germain still firmly embedded in the memory. Barca will be tough, though, especially if Lionel Messi decides that he wants revenge on Chris Smalling for almost blinding him. Exciting times ahead.