With the Champions League being decided between two German teams, and the semi-finals made up with two Spanish sides, we take a look at why the Premier League is not matching up in comparison with the other top leagues in Europe.
1) Champions League qualification
The Premier League has always been credited with being the most competitive league in the world, and while most fans find this to be indisputable, evidence would gravely suggest otherwise.
In the last five years, besides the consistent heavy-weights in Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, only Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester City have succeeded in taking up the one of the four Champions League qualification spots.
La Liga and the Bundesliga on the other hand, have been offering up more diversity.
In the same five years, besides Barcelona and Real Madrid, Valencia, Villareal, Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Malaga, and Real Sociedad have all made it to Europe’s elite competition.
while in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04, VfL Wolfsburg, VfB Stuttgart, Werder Bremen and Borussia Monchengladbach have all earned Champions League football.
When you consider the fact that up until two seasons ago, the Bundesliga only had three CL spots, and yet still offer more diversity than the EPL with its four places, it becomes evident that the EPL is a very monotonous league.
When it comes to the quality of players, there is no denying it; the Premier League simply does not compete with La Liga and the Bundesliga.
Last year’s FIFPro World XI, which was fully dominated by La Liga, highlighted the sort of dominance that La Liga has over the EPL and perhaps other leagues in player quality.
While the list was contentious to say the least, the truth of the matter is that of those players who supposedly didn’t deserve a spot in the list, their replacements would not have come from the Premier League.
Fans of the Premier League will be quick to point of that it has more internationals than any other league, and while that may be true, this point is simply not valid when trying to gauge which league is better.
While the EPL undoubtedly has more internationals, it is simply because most players in the Spanish and German leagues come from those respective countries unlike in the Premier League, and it is simply impossible to break into the Spanish and German national teams which have well established and highly decorated stars.
The truth of the matter is that the best players in the Premier League would not hold regular starting spots in either the Spanish or German national teams, and considering that most players in La Liga are Spanish, as those in the Bundesliga are German, it only makes sense that there aren’t many other internationals in the league.
In recent match-ups featuring Premier League teams against teams from either La Liga, or the Bundesliga - the latter have simply proven superior.
The first game that comes to mind is Athletic Bilbao’s (then La Liga’s fifth placed team) demolition of Manchester United (PL Champions) in the Europa League last season.
If wasn’t for the heroics of United’s David De Gea, the score-line would have surely been much worse for United.
As if that wasn’t evidence enough of the EPL’s demise, a more detrimental spanking of Chelsea by Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup certainly was.
In this year’s Champions League, Real Madrid defeated Manchester City in the group stages, before casting off Manchester United in the round of 16, as Bayern defeated Arsenal.
During this period the only high profile victory for the EPL was Chelsea’s win over Bayern Munich in last season’s UEFA Champions League final, and even then, most people would say Chelsea had luck more than anything on their side that day.
While I can’t say for sure which league is the best in the world between the Bundesliga and La Liga, one thing is for sure, the EPL no longer sets the standard.
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