London - Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil believes English
teams were unlucky in the Champions League last season and is expecting a much
stronger showing this time round.
Chelsea and Arsenal were knocked out on the away goals rule
while Manchester City lost to eventual champions Barcelona in the last 16 and
Liverpool failed to make it past the group stages.
A repeat of last season's performances in Europe from
English and Italian clubs would see the Premier League lose its fourth
Champions League qualifying spot to Serie A in 2017-18.
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"I think there was a lot of misfortune last year,"
Ozil told the club's website (www.arsenal.com) ahead of Tuesday's Group F tie
with Greek national champions Olympiakos Piraeus.
"When you look at the English teams you see they are
strong...they have a lot of players in their ranks who have a lot of quality.
"In the knockout rounds sometimes one goal or the away
goals ruling can decide ties, like with us against Monaco," added
Germany's 2014 World Cup winner Ozil.
"We had some bad luck and as a team you need more
fortune. I think it will be different this year, the English sides are well
equipped and will go far."
England's teams have also made a poor start this season with
Chelsea the only side to win their opening Champions League game.
No English side has reached the semi-finals since Chelsea
lifted the trophy in 2012.
Ozil said Arsenal's 2-1 Champions League defeat by Dinamo
Zagreb had prompted a reaction from the squad.
"Defeats always rouse the team more and our aim this
season is to go as far as possible and, if possible, to win it because we have
the potential," said the 26-year-old.
"Anything is possible and that's what we want to show
this year. With a bit of luck we can reach our target."For
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