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English Premier League's tournament absences are strengths, not weaknesses
English Premier League's tournament absences are strengths, not weaknesses

When the UEFA Champions League resumes this week, the quarterfinals will feature both of last year's finalists, the last two tournament champions and the leaders of four of Europe's top five leagues. What it won't include is a representative from the English Premier League. Ditto the Europa League, which begins its quarterfinals Thursday with defending champion Sevilla heading a field that includes two Ukrainian teams, two Italian teams and one each from Belgium, Germany and Russia — but none from Great Britain. It's the first time since 1993, the season the EPL was formed, that the league failed to make the elite eight in both of Europe's major club...

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