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This is a media cliche that simply isn't true.

CL quarterfinalists:

Barca, Real, Valencia.
3 of the top 5 in Spain along with Deportivo and Zaragosa.

Bayern - 2nd in Germany

Lazio - won Italien title

Porto, 2nd in Portugal

Chelsea - 5th after 3rd place finish last year, Chelsea are not 5th just because of the CL - you could argue that Man U, Arsenal, Leeds and Liverpool are simply better teams.

Man U - won league with massive 18 point margin.

Don't forget Sporting's problems with Materazzi and the turmoil the club was in until November.

I think this had a more detrimental effect on Sporting than the CL on Porto.
 
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