Europe has a plethora of world class football leagues and the English Premier League is definitely one of them. The Spanish and German leagues may be more superior to the Premier League in terms of quality of football but they lack one thing- excitement.
In Spain, the title race is a two horse race between arch rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid. The rest of the clubs merely compete for the third place. Although Atletico Madrid were able to break their stranglehold over the La Liga title in the 2013-14 season, they are now finding it harder to match both the clubs.
The Bundesliga is utterly dominated by Bayern Munich. Such is their flair, that they are setting records season after season on course to their league triumph. Borussia Dortmund were successful in keeping the Bavarian giants at bay for a couple of seasons. But with enormous firepower in their kitty and squad, they bounced back strongly to establish their supreme authority in Germany.
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The Premier League, on the other hand, has not seen one team dominating for a long period of time. Even Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United had to battle tooth and nail to secure the title. Arsenal last won the league title during the era of ''The Invincibles'' and has since been unable to get a hold it.
Liverpool was once a club that dominated not only the domestic scenario but were conquerors of Europe. It is a startling fact that they have not won a Premier League title since its formation in 1992. Only five clubs, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have won the Premier League. Of them, Blackburn is presently competing in the Football League Championship.
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There is no shortage of drama in the Premier League. Manchester United had a nightmare season under David Moyes following which they did not qualify for the UEFA Champions League. In the 2013-14 season Liverpool were on the driving seat to win their first league title since 1990; but fate had other plans.
Steven Gerrard infamously slipped to lose possession of the ball and Demba Ba scored a goal to hand Manchester City the title virtually. The mother of all events occurred when Sergio Aguero scored a late winner to guide Manchester City to their first league title in 44 years. After being down by 1-2 against QPR at the end of normal time, Edin Dzeko scored in injury time to level the scores. Meanwhile, Manchester United had started celebrating their title triumph. They were shell shocked when Aguero scored to snatch the title from their jaws.
In fact, the Premier League is full of such incidents.
Last season, Chelsea deservedly won the league title. They were shoulders above the rest of the teams. Nevertheless, the race for the second spot was quite fascinating. After all, it is a league where a bottom half team can surprise a top team on any match day.
This season began with a bang as defending champions Chelsea were held by Swansea City in their home ground. The following game Jose Mourinho's side suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss against City. Arsenal are the much fancied side to win the league title this season. But they started with a home loss against West Ham.
Manchester United were unconvincing in their two wins so far as their attacking unit seems toothless. However, they played some solid football in the qualifying stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Leicester City, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, started the new season with two wins and a draw. Spurs too had an indifferent beginning to the season with two draws and a loss to their name. It might be too early to judge the club's performances but this is what makes the Premier League different from their contemporaries.
The Premier League has already seen some surprise results. There are still 34 more match days to go and we can very well expect to witness some more. After all its the Premier League, one which is well known for being the most competitive and unpredictable in the world.
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