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Premier League fails to live up to expectations

Aguero's last-gasp winner brought a sensational end to last season. (©GettyImages)
Aguero's last-gasp winner brought a sensational end to last season. (©GettyImages).

There has never been any doubt that the Barclay's Premier League is one of the most entertaining leagues in the world - but here we take a look at what Europe has to offer in comparison.

The Premier League has always had some of the best showcasing football the world has to offer. Home to many world class sides including Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, it's no surprise that entertainment foams at the seems every matchday.

Whilst the majority of other leagues around the world has two, maybe three teams that could realistically challenge for the top spot each year, the Premier League is home to five potential champions - so what went wrong this season? 

First, the title was easily surrendered without so much as a whimper from Manchester City, as their red counterparts stormed ahead and never looked like slowing down, something that drains the true spirit and entertainment out of the back end of the season when a the nearest title challengers are 15 points behind with 10 games to go.

At the other end of the table, QPR and Reading struggled from the off and it soon became obvious that no matter what they attempted to use to justify this, as well as the heart-warming rally cries determined to make a great escape - we all knew they were going down. And with Wigan joining them, there is no 'last day of the season' excitement, nothing that comes close to last year. 

Whilst you can argue that the FA Cup shock defeat Manchester City suffered at the hands of Roberto Martinez's side was an exhilarating feat to witness, it was just one match. One match out of a season of poor overall performances. 

Whilst Manchester United were runaway winners this time, the football they played wasn't always the slick, attractive movement we are used to seeing, but instead was a incoherent panic of shots that eventually snuck over the line. 

There's the obvious fact that England got outclassed in the Champions League, with previous winners Chelsea bowing out at the group stages alongside Manchester City - as well as United and Arsenal getting booted out in dramatic fashion in the quarter-final stages.

World class players flock to England to play in the 'best league in the world' thanks to the high-tempo and competition it provides (not to mention the wages), but it's no secret that the tempo hasn't been reached. 

With the last day winner from Sergio Aguero last season, as well as the shock Chelsea win in the Champion's League final, it was always going to be a hard season to top - but we haven't even come close to meeting those stimulants.

And with Sir Alex Ferguson hanging up his hairdryer, as well as Roberto Mancini being given the boot - it's hard to see just how the Premier League could have any hope of reaching the expected levels of entertainment next season. 

 

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