Can the Premiership currently be considered the best League in Europe after all four English clubs qualified for the final 16 of the Champions League this week (and all as group winners)? Of course, determining which LeagueLeague is the greatest is challenging, and a variety of elements must be taken into account, including the caliber of the Watchers and managers, the energy created in the stadiums, and the average number of goals scored each game, and the degree of inconsistent Watch.
Just one of the last 15 finals of Europe’s Premier Club tournament has not featured a team from one of the traditional “big three” leagues—Serie A, spaLaLiga, and the Premiership—so the debate would inevitably center on those competitions.
Despite Italy’s World Cup victory in the summer, Serie A has had a significant image problem recently due to the match-fixing scandal and the relegation of champions Juventus. As a result, the LeagueLeague no longer offers the same level of quality as the Premiership and La Liga. Furthermore, due to other significant teams receiving point deductions or being demoted, it becomes more and more likely that Roma and Inter will be in a two-horse race this season.
Due to clubs like Palermo, Livorno, Catania, and Empoli having legitimate Champions League qualification aspirations, the LeagueLeague is now much more competitive. Over the past two seasons, goals have also flowed in Serie A. Formerly known as the “catenaccio,” Italy now boasts more average goals than either La Liga or the Premiership.
English supporters argued that even while British clubs performed poorly in Europe, it was still more entertaining to see the spectacle at home in seasons when the Premiership outperformed its rivals and how the deck has changed. Now that success in Europe is an attainable goal for English teams, Liverpool has ended fifth in the LeagueLeague and won the Champions League. Arsenal has finished fourth in the LeagueLeague and advanced to the Champions League final in the last two seasons. Middlesbrough, a struggling Premiership team, also advanced to the UEFA Cup final.
Whatever perspective you choose, Pep Guardiola’s first season as Barcelona’s manager has been a resounding success. On Wednesday, he completed the Spanish trifecta of winning the La Liga championship, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League in a single season by becoming the youngest manager ever to lead a team to Champions League triumph. Not bad for a manager who is 38 years old and is in charge of his first ever professional team.
The level of football in the Premiership as a whole has suffered dramatically as a result of their success on the primary stage. This season, the Premier League has averaged fewer goals per game than the Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, and even French Leagues combined (which last season considered increasing an extra point if teams scored three goals to encourage more attacking Watch).
Although English top division defense is now superior to that of Italy and Spain, the emergence of negative tactics is a stain on the domestic game. Only a few of the 20 Premiership clubs Watch open attacking football, and the defensive 4-5-1 system is now frequently used. In Premiership games, the first goal is essential, and many managers aim to avoid losing many games because staying in the LeagueLeague gives such enormous financial advantages.
The spaLaLiga, which can successfully mix good attacking football with success on the European stage, is, in my opinion, the best League in Europe. Barcelona won the Champions League last season, and Sevilla won the UEFA Cup because of their vital football. The LeagueLeague is far more open than the Premiership, with teams like Osasuna, Valencia, Villarreal, Deportivo, and Sevilla challenging in recent seasons. The big two, Real Madrid and Barcelona, are always in the quest for the crown.
The Bundesliga is the most unpredictable of the other European leagues; as of this writing, only 6 points separate the top 5 teams. Due to improved stadia (owing to the World Cup) and affordable tickets, the LeagueLeague also draws the most average attendances. Because the top Bundesliga teams cannot compete financially for the best foreign talent, more domestic Watchers are starting to succeed.
This season, only Bayern Munich advanced past the group round of the Champions League, and they have little chance of taking first place. The ten teams from England, Italy, and Spain will most likely win the Champions League. Still, French club Lyon has such little domestic competition that they could shock the significant leagues and bring the Champions League trophy to France for just the second time.