Premier League leaves no excuses for European failings

FC Bayern Muenchen v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Final

Leicester topping the table, Watford beating Liverpool and Bournemouth beating Manchester United. Few could've predicted such an open Premier League season in which the Foxes, Hornets and Cherries have caused such huge upsets.

As neutrals, we have loved it. The anticipation for tuning into Match of the Day early Sunday morning or braving the late Saturday night show is unusually high this season now the results of games aren't a foregone conclusion.

Chelsea and Manchester United in particular, have felt the wrath of the unexpected results, with the teams languishing much lower than originally expected and drastically under-performing.


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Teams across Europe must be scratching their heads and laughing at their failings against teams that they may not have even heard of before, prompting the question: how will the English clubs cope with the Bayern Munich's and PSG's of the world in the Champions League?

Is this fierce competition week-in-week-out a good thing for our English hopefuls?

Monaco currently sits second in Ligue 1 this season, 19 points behind giants PSG. Yet the second place team are actually closer (17 points) to Guingamp who occupy the final relegation place, signalling the Parisians face little competitive opposition.

The Bundesliga is, admittedly not quite as one-sided, but follows a similar theme; Pep Guardiola's Bayern leading the charge with the resurgent Borussia Dortmund eight points adrift, followed by Hertha Berlin, a further six points behind. With the lack of quality opposition in the league every week, these clubs are rarely tested to their full potential.


The three English teams who made it through the Champions League group stages get tested to their limit every week, there are no easy games. The same cannot be said for Bayern or Paris who can get away with playing below average and still pick up three points.

The constant high level in the Premier League is a good thing; the pressure in having to perform every week is huge, very similar to the latter stages of the European competition.

In a way, the league is a great test/warm-up for the English sides, sides that notoriously struggle against the wealthy European giants when it comes to the big games.


The foreign clubs should be shocked to come and play them, the intensity and quality at which they play the game should come as a shock for them.

It is, however, a difficult task; wealthy owners (always a large key to success) great managers and world class players still flock to these football teams and experience success.

The hope remains that the Premier League teams will represent the best league in the world in Europe more appropriately, but it seems a long way away considering our abysmal performances since Chelsea won the trophy in 2012.

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