There was plenty for West Ham fans to laugh about as Arsenal and Chelsea continued to flounder in the Champions League.
Yet while the results will have given one or two people some fun at work there could be an unexpected consequence for the Hammers. If English teams continue to struggle there is a real chance Uefa will cut the number of spots available to Premier League teams – with the number being cut back to three from the current four.
That would be a real kick in the teeth for the Premier League – which prides itself as being ‘the best league in the world’. It’s strange the results have gone the way they have as you don’t need to look too far back to when the English clubs were dominating and had teams in the semi-finals and final every year in the mid-2000s. If the place is lost – and the success of the Italian clubs means this could well happen – it will hit the big clubs hardest because they won’t have the luxury of having a bad season and scraping into the Champions League in fourth.
For the rest of the league though it’ll make the challenge of getting into Europe even harder. It’s very tough already and one less place will make it more difficult to compete with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, City and Chelsea