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The Premier League can still thrive without fourth Champions League spot

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Recently Sky Sports detailed that due to poor performances in Europe, the Premier League is in danger of losing the illustrious fourth spot in the Champions League.

Less than flattering showings from the nation’s best teams have been a too familiar sight as of late; this was reflected in the opening Champions league matches where Chelsea were the sole victors after the first week and only the Manchester sides could win in week two.

So what would a loss of the lucrative fourth place finish do to the Premier League? It's possible it may reduce some of the soap opera drama that makes that can often overshadow the on-pitch action.

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The title is out of the grasp of many good clubs in the league such as Spurs, Liverpool and Everton but the attraction of qualifying for the Champions League is a way for these teams to attract better players and improve their squads making the league more exciting. 

Fourth spot is an ambitious target for some teams and the race is becoming more open every season. With clubs such as Southampton, Swansea and this season, West Ham it really looks like it may not be long before we see one of these smaller clubs representing the country in the Champions League.

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So from an entertainment point of view, the fourth place position makes the league much more of a spectacle.

However, it might be very interesting to see what happens to the progression of teams like Man City, United, Arsenal and Chelsea if there were only three spaces up for grabs. One team would fail to qualify every year and this may halt their ability to bolster their squad each season.

This would only increase the excitement as the league may become even more competitive and unpredictable.

That being said, the lack of the fourth place spot may force the top teams raise their stand and thus, making the title race closer each year rather than the usual two-horse race we have known it to become over the last few years. 

On the other hand, the loss of a fourth spot may be the wake-up call the Premier League requires to prove it has severely fallen from grace and no longer competes for the title of best league in the world.

In the mid-2000s, we saw our teams regularly contending for the Champions league, where at least two teams in the quarter-finals and beyond was the status quo.

Today, that feels a million miles away and perhaps this will be the catalyst for an improvement for the top teams on the most prestigious European stage.

Ultimately, the loss of a Champions League space is likely to affect the entertainment of the league and if it happens, only time will tell if this change will be positive or negative. Either way, it might be a timely shake up that might add a new lease of life to the Premier League.

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