With all remaining English clubs leaving the Champions League and Europa League this week, is the Premier League really “The Best League In The World”?
In short, no. To be the best league in the world, you need to have the best players. The likes of Ronaldo, Messi, Bale, Neuer, Ibrahimovic, Kroos and Neymar all play abroad. Yes, the Premier League has the likes of Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez, but how many Premier League players would get into the Real Madrid team at the minute? I’d argue that possibly David De Gea (and maybe Joe Hart if he produces performances like on Wednesday night at Barcelona) in goal, and Vincent Kompany, on form, would replace Pepe. Cesc Fabregas could get into midfield, but who does he replace? Modric and Kroos are both world class, and would be the best player in most other teams in the world. Upfront, Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero could replace Karim Benzema, but Costa’s form has gone off the boil recently, and Aguero has spells of inconsistency.
The performance of English teams in Europe have been underwhelming, and nowhere near the title of “The Best League In The World”. Yes, Manchester City had a tough draw, and Chelsea lost on away goals, but both sides spent hundreds of millions building their sides, and should really be challenging the likes of Barcelona with that amount of investment. Any suggestions that Manchester City are still adjusting to Champions League life is nonsense- most of their starting XI have been Champions League regulars for a few years now. Contrast this to Spain, which has three sides in the last eight of the tournament.
These reasons suggest that the Premier League is not what it’s hyped up to be. Yes, the intensity of the league is great, but it has some way to go if it is going to challenge the best in European football, and truly be labelled the “Best League In The World”.