Just a quick update as you may not have heard, Leicester City lifted their first ever Premier League title at the rocking King Power Stadium on May 7th. That is a date to remember for sure, however, whilst it will be remembered for possibly one of the greatest underdog stories in footballing history, could it also be remembered for something a bit less cheerful?
First of all, Leicester City have accomplished what seemed to be an impossible task when one compares them to clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea - clubs with huge amounts of money at their disposal. So, congratulations Leicester for making a crazy dream, an amazing reality.
Now though, what does this mean for the Premier League? Well, unfortunately, it doesn't look all that good when one really thinks about it.
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A club that finished just six points ahead of the relegation zone last season have just beaten Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United to the Premier League trophy. From the outside looking in, people must be thinking what a state the league has become. There's nothing wrong with a classic underdog triumph, and the majority of fans are thrilled that The Foxes clinched the title. Nevertheless, this should not have happened.
Clubs spending millions upon millions on players, staff and facilities have crumbled this year, the quality Champions League partakers were miles off the pace.This would be an unimaginable situation in the Bundesliga or La Liga, it would be like seeing pigs fly over the Allianz Arena or Camp Nou, it just would not happen. Why? Well because the European teams that win the leagues outside English football have sustainable, real quality.
English clubs are just not on the level necessary to be seen as definite champions before the season begins. Yes, this adds to the excitement and competitiveness that the Premier League is renowned for, but it simply sheds a negative light on the pure quality of the division. Are other European clubs really going to be intimidated by a team that has been shamed by a club that has a squad value of just over £26m?
Look, in no way is this undermining Leicester City. Claudio Ranieri and the players deserve all the credit they are getting at the moment, but for English football as a whole, at least from a global point of view, it's going to do more harm than good, unfortunately.
Leicester's Champions League run next season will be very intriguing, yet it could be rather embarrassing. The Premier League title winners are likely to go out relatively early in the tournament and will do well to not be on the receiving end of a thrashing, leaving English football having to repair the damage once again in the following tournament.
The Foxes, for now, are ahead of the hunt, but the European giants are now going to be hot on their tails and surely, the hunted will start to get tired and it will all just be too much for the newly crowned champions of England.
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