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Is the Premier League the best in Europe?

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Whether the Premier League is the best in the world always comes under serious debate. If it is in terms of entertainment, money and competitiveness then it is hard to think of any other league that can overtake England's elite. The financial muscle behind Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga is huge though, and Bayern Munich are also running wild all over Europe at the moment.

La Liga, like the Premier League this season is a three horse title race with a surprise outfit sitting at the top. This season unlike ones past in Germany, Bayern Munich were the only team ever going to win it. Given, that's a compliment to just how well Pep Guardiola's side have played as Borussia Dortmund sit quite far behind. However, in Spain, there is a monumental 17 point gap between third and fourth, with third placed Real Madrid having a game in hand to extend the lead further. In the Premier League, that potentially 20 point game is merely seven with three games to go, with Arsenal having lead the league for a long period in the season.

Every game in the Premier League at the weekend had something huge riding on it. Whether it is to fight off relegation, Europa League, Champions League or the title, every game is important. 

The 2011/12 season saw Manchester City wrestle an eight point lead off Manchester United with six games to play, something which is very rare given the quality of the Premier League. Shock results too such as Chelsea's 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland and their 1-0 loss away at Crystal Palace prove just how competitive the league can be. Underdogs will always prove to be an occasional victor, but it is not so much of an underdog as the quality of the league also. Aston Villa have beaten Manchester City at home and Chelsea on top of winning at Arsenal at the beginning of the season. However, they have won just three other home games all season. That proves the quality of the league.

In Spain these results can happen too of course. Barcelona felt the wrath of the fans following a 1-0 loss at lowly Granada, leaving them on the brink of failing to secure the La Liga title. Every side is bound to suffer one result that boggles the mind, but it is seen as a shock or a calamity rather than down to the quality of the league. Bayern Munich's untouched dominance in the Bundesliga would not have stood in the Premier League. They may have won all of their games, but they would have been a lot closer contests than the multiple three, four and five nils that they have enjoyed.

It is a similar story in Serie A also. Juventus haven't shown that they are cash strapped, winning an incredible 29 of 34 league games. AS Roma have also shown considerable strength also winning 25. However, unlike England and Spain, there is a huge gap between first and third. 21 points stands at the difference between Juve and Napoli, lead by former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.

This stands at the bottom of the table also. Norwich's dangerous 32 point tally would see them looking a lot more comfortable in 16th in Serie A, where bottom side Catania have seven points less than the Premier League's bottom side in Cardiff. Indeed, Cardiff's 30 would see them out of the relegation zone in Germany.

Whoever you support in whatever league, the Premier League is definitely fighting for being the best league in the world. You can question German football's dominance over the last two years and Barcelona's prior to that, but Chelsea beat both on their way to the Champions League trophy two years ago and sit with a great chance of making the final this year again.

Manchester United won it in 2008 with Liverpool making the final the year before. Arsenal contested the final in 2006, with Liverpool also winning it in 2005. British history is hugely spread in Europe, something the Premier League has a lot to be proud for.

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