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 during that period.

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

Atletico Madrid lifted the Europa League once again on Wednesday, beating Marseille 3-0

Atletico Madrid lifted the Europa League once again on Wednesday, beating Marseille 3-0

Atletico Madrid lifted the Europa League once again on Wednesday, beating Marseille 3-0

Atletico's comfortable win in Lyon continues the recent Spanish dominance in Europe

Atletico's comfortable win in Lyon continues the recent Spanish dominance in Europe

Atletico’s comfortable win in Lyon continues the recent Spanish dominance in Europe

Real Madrid are aiming for a third consecutive Champions League win against Liverpool

Real Madrid are aiming for a third consecutive Champions League win against Liverpool

Real Madrid are aiming for a third consecutive Champions League win against Liverpool

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.

Recent Champions League winners

2009 Barcelona

2010 Inter Milan

2011 Barcelona

2012 Chelsea

2013 Bayern Munich

2014 Real Madrid

2015 Barcelona

2016 Real Madrid

2017 Real Madrid

2018 Real Madrid or Liverpool 

Recent Europa      League winners 

2009 Shakhtar Donetsk

2010 Atletico Madrid

2011 Porto

2012 Atletico Madrid

2013 Chelsea

2014 Sevilla

2015 Sevilla

2016 Sevilla

2017 Manchester United

2018 Atletico Madrid 

Manchester United's Europa League win last season is the only non-Spanish triumph in the last nine finals of the Champions League or Europa League

Manchester United's Europa League win last season is the only non-Spanish triumph in the last nine finals of the Champions League or Europa League

Manchester United’s Europa League win last season is the only non-Spanish triumph in the last nine finals of the Champions League or Europa League

Sevilla defeated Liverpool 3-1 to lift the Europa League in the 2016 Basle final

Sevilla defeated Liverpool 3-1 to lift the Europa League in the 2016 Basle final

Sevilla defeated Liverpool 3-1 to lift the Europa League in the 2016 Basle final

Sevilla defeated Dnipro 3-2 to claim Europa League glory back in 2015 

Sevilla defeated Dnipro 3-2 to claim Europa League glory back in 2015 

Sevilla defeated Dnipro 3-2 to claim Europa League glory back in 2015 

Atletico Madrid came out on top in the all-Spanish Europa League final of 2012 against Bilbao

Atletico Madrid came out on top in the all-Spanish Europa League final of 2012 against Bilbao

Atletico Madrid came out on top in the all-Spanish Europa League final of 2012 against Bilbao

That would mean a 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.

Barcelona sparked a spell of Champions League dominance by beating United in 2009

Barcelona sparked a spell of Champions League dominance by beating United in 2009

Barcelona sparked a spell of Champions League dominance by beating United in 2009

Real Madrid celebrate after beating Atletico to win the Champions League final of 2014

Real Madrid celebrate after beating Atletico to win the Champions League final of 2014

Real Madrid celebrate after beating Atletico to win the Champions League final of 2014

Neymar lifts the Champions League trophy following Barcelona's win over Juventus in 2015

Neymar lifts the Champions League trophy following Barcelona's win over Juventus in 2015

Neymar lifts the Champions League trophy following Barcelona’s win over Juventus in 2015

Real Madrid tasted even more Champions League success in the Milan final of 2016

Real Madrid tasted even more Champions League success in the Milan final of 2016

Real Madrid tasted even more Champions League success in the Milan final of 2016

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.

 

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