Scott Parker may turn out to be simply third English supervisor ever to succeed in Champions League quarter-finals
Scott Parker has the chance to make historical past and turn out to be simply the third English supervisor to have ever reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, ought to his Membership Brugge aspect overturn a 2-0 first leg defeat in opposition to Benfica on Tuesday evening.
Doubtlessly becoming a member of an unique membership which comprises Harry Redknapp and Craig Shakespeare, Parker travels to Lisbon, Portugal, figuring out his aspect want to attain two objectives to have any probability of progressing additional in Europe’s elite membership competitors.
Joao Mario and David Neres scored within the first leg for Benfica at Brugge’s Jan Breydel Stadium at hand the benefit to the Portuguese aspect.
Sacked as Bournemouth supervisor at the start of this season, after dropping 9-0 away in opposition to Liverpool, Membership Brugge appointed the Englishman as their new boss on December 31, 2022. He succeeded Carl Hoefkens at Brugge, regardless of the Belgian serving to the aspect end second in a Champions League group containing Atletico Madrid, Porto and Bayer Leverkusen.
Regardless, Parker is now in cost and in search of a powerful efficiency to match the file set by the aforementioned Redknapp and Shakespeare.
Redknapp guided Tottenham to the ultimate eight of the 2010/11 Champions League marketing campaign, falling 5-0 to Actual Madrid on mixture. Shakespeare, in the meantime, oversaw Leicester Metropolis’s run to the quarters because the newly-appointed supervisor, after Claudio Ranieri was sacked mid-season.
Leicester misplaced 2-1 to Atletico Madrid over two legs on that event, a really promising efficiency for his or her first season within the Champions League.
Graham Potter additionally has the chance to turn out to be one other English supervisor to assist a workforce into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, together with his Chelsea aspect taking up Borussia Dortmund on the identical evening.
Chelsea misplaced the primary leg 1-0 in Dortmund, which means an opportunity of development continues to be very a lot probably. The Blues might want to play higher than their league type is displaying proper now, although, with an absence of objectives scored contributing to simply two wins within the final 10 video games within the Premier League.
Potter can be underneath intense strain from the board and followers alike, too, which means victory in opposition to Borussia Dortmund is crucial if he’s to outlive the remainder of the season.