Redknapp: Barcelona & Real Madrid have edge on Premier League clubs

Harry Redknapp believes Barcelona and Real Madrid currently have the edge on the Premier League's big boys

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Jose Mourinho's side knocked United out in the Champions League last 16 Photo: Steindy, via Wikimedia

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Harry Redknapp believes Barcelona and Real Madrid have the edge on the Premier League’s top clubs after British interest in the Champions League came to an end on Wednesday night.

Arsenal were the final English club to crash out of Europe’s elite club competition this season after an aggregate defeat by Bayern Munich in the last 16.

The Gunners followed hot on the heels of Manchester United, who were 30 minutes away from a place in the last eight before Nani’s sending off prompted a Real Madrid revival nine days ago at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Chelsea and Manchester City failed to make it past the group stage, with Germany and Spain heavily represented in Friday morning’s quarter-final draw.

“It’s been a difficult season,” said Redknapp, who led Tottenham to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2011.

“Manchester United were unlucky when they went out to Real Madrid. The game turned on a decision. Next year it will turn again.

“There are some strong teams in it: Barcelona, Real, Bayern and Dortmund. We’ve still got a lot to look forward to. I love it [the Champions League]. It’s amazing to watch.

“Barcelona and Real Madrid are stronger then our teams are at the moment. German football is really on a high too.”

However, the Queens Park Rangers manager believes England’s top flight is still the best league to watch in Europe despite the dominance of Barca and Real Madrid.

“The Premier League is a great league,” he added.

“If I was watching football week-in-week-out, the Premier League would still be my preference.”

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