Six of the last nine winners of both the UCL and UEL have come from Spain

It is a pretty damning riposte to those who continue to extol the virtues of the Premier League as the greatest in the world.

Following Atletico Madrid’s victory over Marseille on Wednesday night, Spanish clubs have now won eight of the last nine Champions League or Europa League finals.

By contrast, just one English side – Manchester United in last season’s Europa League – has tasted European success in recent times.

It doesn’t necessarily bode well for Liverpool, who are set to take on reigning European champions Real Madrid in the Kiev final on May 26.

Spanish success on the continental stage has been pretty frequent throughout history, but their stranglehold on the two most desirable prizes in European club football grows ever tighter.

They have won the last four Champions League titles and six of the last nine finals, with Real Madrid claiming three of those and Barcelona three. Atletico were runners-up in two of those.

Zinedine Zidane’s team, having already made history last season by becoming the first team to retain the Champions League, are desperate to make it a hat-trick in Ukraine on Saturday week.

That will be the 13th European Cup/Champions League triumph for Real, further extending their lead over the seven won by Milan in their history.

Liverpool, the most successful English side in the competition’s history, will be going for a sixth title at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium.

It is an equal dominance in the Europa League – Spanish sides have now won six of the last nine Europa titles, with Atletico responsible for three of those and Sevilla the other three.

Atletico, who dropped out of the Champions League after the group stage, made light work of Marseille, with Antoine Griezmann scoring twice and Gabi rounding things off late on.

A win for Real against Liverpool next week will only underline the present Spanish dominance. One that doesn’t show signs of ending anytime soon.

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