Gareth Bale and Real Madrid are looking to win their third Champions League trophy in four seasons this year.
Chelsea are the last English club to win Europe’s elite club competition and were fortunate to see off Bayern Munich on penalties in 2012.
It is nearly 10 years since the last all-English Champions League final, when Manchester United beat Chelsea on pens in 2008.
Arsenal look set to crash out at the last-16 stage again tonight (7.45pm) when they try to reverse their 5-1 first-leg defeat to Bayern Munich.
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale believes English clubs would benefit from a winter break
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Leicester are 2-1 down from their first leg with Sevilla while Manchester City gifted Monaco three away goals in their 5-3 first-leg win.
And former Tottenham star Bale has outlined why he thinks Prem clubs are falling short at the highest level on the continent.
“I think I know why, but you can't change it,” Bale told the Daily Mail.
“It's the league itself. Every game in the Premier League you have to be at 100 per cent for 90 minutes or you will lose.
Gareth Bale won the Champions League with Real Madrid for the second time in 2016
“In Spain, you can be up at half-time against the bottom club and take your foot off the gas. You can rest players and take people off. If you try for 45 minutes you won't win a match in the Premier League.”
“And obviously the winter break is massive. In England you'll play four or five games and we don't play any. You don't get many rest days and it really does burn you out for a long time after that.
“We have seven, eight, nine days off. I go back to Wales and see my family and friends. On one or two days, I'll go to the gym or go for a run to keep ticking over.
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Gareth Bale knows the Premier League well from his time at Tottenham
“It's basically just rest. We come back and have a week of double sessions to get back up to speed.
“If you have seven or 10 days off when you're not even in the country, you're where you want to be, you're not thinking about football or thinking about training in a couple of days.
“It's nice to really get away from it mentally as well as physically. Spanish teams definitely know they have this edge over the English. Every country does: Spain, Italy, Germany, they all have the winter break.”