The Premier League is so often simply described as “The Best League in the World”. Niall McIntyre is here to question this opinion.
The success, or lack of success, for the powerhouses of English football in European competition in recent times should be looked at more seriously. People think that the Premier League is the best, but this lack of success serves to provide these advocates with serious contemplation and urgent food for thought.
The struggles of the top four to compete with their counterparts in Germany and Spain shines a glowing beacon of light on the apparent inferiority of English teams. The leaders of the charge in European terms, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all fared considerably better than English clubs over the last few years.
Gary Lineker recently posed the question that will undoubtedly act as a catalyst to a debate. A debate that questions the legitimacy of the Premier League’s best league in the world tag.
“We might have to stop pretending that the Premier League is the strongest in the world. Most entertaining it may be, but La Liga is stronger.”
The Bundesliga could easily be added to that sentence, while narrow-minded English football fans succumb to the influence of Sky Sports which constantly proclaims the Premier League as “the best league in the world.”
Spanish and German teams all too regularly demolish the English representatives like chicken feed, with the exception of Chelsea, that is.
Manchester City, backed by the endless wealth of Sheikh Mansour, for the third year in succession, appear destined to drop in the early stages of the competition. Despite the millions invested in this team, they perennially crumble when pitted against the cream of the European crop.
Their ability to capsize in the most important moments was never more prominent in the wake of their inexplicable submission to the limp CSKA Moscow. Qualification to the last 16 for the English champions, consequentially appears an insurmountable task.
However, it is not just a recent phenomenon, Why has their not been more than one English team in the semi-finals since 2009? In the same period of time, a Spanish or German side has contested the final in every year of the competition. In match-day three of the Champions League we witnessed Liverpool being unmercifully demolished by Real Madrid.
It is time people woke up and smelled the roses. The stark reality is that, while the Premier league may be unrivaled in terms of excitement, the deficiency with regard to quality has never been more prominent. The ever depleting stock of English teams in Europe will continue to plummet unless there is an immediate overhaul to the underlying base of their system.
Niall McIntyre, Pundit Arena