1966 World Cup winning legend Martin Peters believes that all-English European finals will soon become a much more common occurence. Peters played in the 1972 UEFA Cup final for Spurs against Wolves, which had been the only European final between two English sides before Manchester United met Chelsea in Moscow in 2008. However, with the Premier League’s Champions League representatives contuining to grow from strength to strength, Peters believes it is likely to happen again sooner rather than later. Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United made up three of the semi-final places in 2008 - with Arsenal bowing out to Liverpool in the last eight. While this year, both Chelsea and Arsenal are well-placed to advance to the last four, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side needing to become the first English team to beat Porto in Portugal in order for the Premier League to dominate again. “We’ve got some good teams in this country," Peters exclusively told FourFourTwo.com. "It’s a lot different from when I played because we had more Scots and Irishmen competing and no players from foreign countries. “I think we’ve now got around 50 percent of players from other countries now, and we are getting all the best players. “The Premier League is good for them, which is why the English teams are reaching the latter stages more often. The top four in the Premier League seem to be able to get into the last four of the Champions League regularly.” Peters’ Spurs lifted the UEFA Cup in 1972, beating Wolves 3-2 over two legs. Martin Peters MBE teamed up with Sony Ericsson, Official Mobile Handset of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, to host a VIP screening of England vs Ukraine.
9 April 2009
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