Premier League substance outshines Spanish style

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When it comes to sport, there are few substitutes for unerring quality. No matter the stage, little compares to watching the very best; Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Usain Bolt in full flight.

America's sporting outlook lends itself to those dominating names. Rather than an even, close encounter fans stateside enjoy more one-sided match-ups, with an overwhelming victor.

Those same blood-thirsty American fans will have taken great pleasure from watching a Barcelona side destroy Getafe to go within one point of leaders Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Regardless of how you look at it, the emphatic 4-0 win was not only another example of Barca's overwhelming brilliance, but another microcosm of what La Liga has become; a predictable, one-sided Madrid-Barca love-in.

Getafe are certainly no pushovers. Having already beaten Athletico Madrid, Levante and Valencia this term, Luis Garcia Plaza's side are still in the hunt for a Europa League spot. Last summer's takeover from a Dubai-based consortium points towards getting closer to their Catalan counterparts in the coming years.

But on this particular night, they played second fiddle to Pep Guardiola's well drilled Barcelona, once again spearheaded by Lionel Messi. Undeniably untouchable on the pitch, off the pitch however their game is starting to become old news.

For all the remarkable stories that surrounds their star men, Barcelona's dominance and remarkable ability to enthral viewers across the world is becoming tedious.

Pundits' superlatives have a broken record feel to them, while the attraction of wanting to watch them has worn off. Guardiola's men have a 'you've seen them once you've seen them all' kind of feel. The make-up of a successful team, but not a memorable one.

For your Tuesday evening's entertainment, you needn't have looked much further than Ewood Park, where an enthralling contest with all the necessary ingredients produced as thrilling a match as we've seen in the Premier League this season.

As ever, the league of late goals, seven of which were produced in the final 10 minutes of games over the Easter period, struck again with Andy Carroll this time the beneficiary. In the interests of fairness, over the same period, La Liga enjoyed just four late interventions.

The match was an indictment of what the Premier League offers; excitement and unpredictability. Granted, the style of football isn't always as pleasing on the eye as in Spain, but the drama is relentless.

While Barca's passing game is footballing overkill, it's difficult to accuse the spectacle of the Premier League from being anything but an absorbing footballing soap opera.

So, while the high of Barca's passing game continues to linger, with a crushing comedown for football fans across the world in the offing, the Premier League continues to dazzle. For all La Liga's style, they'll never replicate the English football's substance.

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