Whenever you stumble up on a conversation about football, which inevitably evokes the most passionate opinions, one of the main topics of conversation it would seem is the standard of football in the various leagues.
So often we hear the argument that the Premier League is better than any other, particularly La Liga. I’m going to offer up five reasons why that is not the case and why Spanish football continues to beat it’s English counterpart hands down.
Ask any football fan to name half a dozen Premier League players with a skill set that is appropriate for La Liga and I’m almost certain that you would struggle. David Silva springs readily to mind, but there aren’t too many more.
English football is about raw power, pace and a robust physical presence. Throw that type of player into a game with ball players of the calibre of Roberto Trashorras, Toni Kroos and Andres Iniesta to name just three, and the results could be embarrassing.
If you can't control the game, what use is your physicality and power? So often recently, Spanish teams have got the better of their English counterparts on the European stage. Doesn’t that tell you something?!
Quality of the league overall
It’s not just the ability of individuals that is superior. La Liga sides would more than hold their own in England. All this “but can they do it on a wet Wednesday in Stoke?” rubbish….it grates a little.
Have you seen the quality of the teams in La Liga recently? Teams such as Valencia and Sevilla are more than a match for similarly placed EPL sides.
Athletic Bilbao taught Manchester United a lesson recently, and Atletico Madrid have taken Chelsea back to school a couple of times in the recent past. And we haven’t even touched on Real Madrid or Barcelona!
Standard of player
When was the last time a truly World Class player wanted to go to the Premier League? Angel Di Maria was forced out of Real, Falcao hastily deleted a tweet expressing his delight at joining Los Blancos…
Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Bale, Suarez, Rodriguez…..they all want to ply their trade in Spain. Take a look back over the years and it’s La Liga’s clubs that have held all the aces as far as personnel are concerned.
Recent European success
Last season, Real Madrid hosted Atleti in the Champions League final and Sevilla beat Benfica in the Europa League. The campaign before both Barca and Real made it to the semi finals.
Chelsea rode their luck in 2012, but in 2011 Alex Ferguson said his Manchester United side were beaten by one of the best club performances in history…coming two years after the Red Devils were similarly beaten in Rome. There's no contest on the European or world stage.
Value for money
One of the major talking points between the two leagues. On the opening day of the Premier League season, West Ham fans were paying £75 to watch their team host Tottenham.
That same weekend, you could have watched Barcelona beat Elche for €15/€20 or Real
Madrid's win against Cordoba would’ve set you back just €12 in some areas of the stadium.
Bit of a no brainer really. Still want to suggest that the EPL has it better?!