The English Premier League is one of the best football leagues in the world - and also the most watched one.
However, why are Premier League clubs not as successful in European competitions?
To be honest, English clubs are not even considered among European elites nowadays - but why is that?
Dominating the middle of the 2000s in the Champions League, English football sent three of four semi-finalists for three consecutive seasons in 2006/7 to 2008/9. Since then, English football has been fading away in Europe.
Although Chelsea won the two consecutive European competitions in 2012 [Champions League] and 2013 [Europa League], they were not even favourites at the time.
Recently, in the knock-out stage of Champions League, none of Premier League clubs won the first leg games.
Chelsea drew against PSG, Manchester City lost 2-1 at home against Barcelona and Arsenal lost 3-1 to AS Monaco.
In the Europa League, only Everton made it to the next round, as Liverpool and Tottenham were knocked out of the competition.
There are three reasons according to my opinion why English football is in such declining performance at European competition.
Tight competitions and schedule of Premier League, league cup and FA cup take a big part of the disappointment performances in Europe.
Fatigue - either you believe it affects a team performance or not - is something you will automatically has to cope with when you add European competitions to your schedule. The domestic ones with two to three games a week has already exhausting, let alone the flight to other country for an away European match.
Of course, every other clubs that play in European competitions experience the same thing, but Premier League doesn't do any favour for English representations at Europe in matter of schedule. Read how BBC analyse how European competition risks club's position in Premier League.
On the other side, as the most watched league - add that the league sold over £5billion for broadcast - it is not easy for Premier League to change the fixture to Monday night for example.
Not to mention injuries due to tight schedule as well.
Which one do you prefer, your club being in the top four of Premier League or semi final of Champions League but not getting into league top four?
Some Premier League clubs aim for Champions League place every year, but never really put everything to win it. Instead they get eliminated early and aim for another place at the Champions League for the next season.
Quality of the representing clubs at European competitions.
It's been two consecutive seasons which PFA Player of the Year [Season] signed for other league's clubs [Bale in 2013 to Real Madrid and Suarez last term to Barcelona].
They were the best at England soil, but they are not the best there. Not because the cannot adapt, but because there are better players there.
Not a single player of Premier League players got into FIFpro XI for past years.
It tells you all you need to know about how the quality of Premier League has gone down.
After all, it's an opinion. Personally I am hoping for a better display from English clubs at European competitions. Share your thoughts below!
Has the overall quality of the Premier League plummeted? Have your say in the comments below!
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