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Are the Spanish and Italians overtaking the English in European football?

The decline of the Premier League is a hot topic at the moment with a high possibility of there being no English clubs in the last sixteen of the Champions League for the first time since 1998. This season’s top two, Manchester United and City, were knocked out in the group stages and qualified for the Europa League as a result.

In recent years, people have continuously discussed whether the La Liga was better than the Premier League and vice versa. Nobody came up with a conclusion until Barcelona dominated Europe for a couple of years, suffering a few knocks along the way and beating United in two European finals. Having a successful international team helped also.

However, there was always an argument as far as Premier League supporters were concerned. People give us credit for our physicality and willingness to let the game run instead of stopping it frequently so that the players can throw handbags at each other – demonstrated in previous El Classicos between Real Madrid and Bercelona. They have similar ties in Italy, but I’d prefer to not go on a witch hunt.

And I’m not the first to comment on the tomfoolery which occurs in Spanish football. I mean the diving, play acting and dishonesty. Yes, it happens in England too but they take it to a different level of stupidity.

Another point of view is it’s about opinion. Which league do you prefer? It’s one mans word after another, although, if you realistically look at recent stats the Premier League clearly shows a decline. We have lost some of our better players to foreign outfits in recent years. Ronaldo was Ballon d’Or winner, Fabregas captained Arsenal while providing leader like service to the Gunners, Boateng had a big player swagger at Portsmouth and is proving himself in Milan. The list goes on and on but the point I am trying to make is that you cannot keep dominance if you keep losing star players.

The question some might ask is why are these big players leaving England? Well, some had dreams of playing for different clubs and others worried about the tax being put on their wages. Not to forget those that missed sunshine and were sick of the cold and rain. Basically, if a footballer comes into the Premier League and proves himself, there’s a good chance clubs in Spain and Italy will be interested in his signature.

The standard is definitely not as high as it was in the past which is why, I believe, the league has become more competitive with smaller teams causing more upsets. A lot of the bigger clubs in England have been trashing each other with United beating Arsenal 8-2 and City beating the Champions 6-1. But the Premier League wasn’t going to stay on top forever – these things take roundabout swings every now and again.

6 responses to “Are the Spanish and Italians overtaking the English in European football?”

  1. This is some stupid shit by the people who are going about thinking this is actually happening. Citeh and the Gooners lost to Italian teams which is a fact but in the past season in competitions English teams have won more matches but seeing what is happening from one season ppl are assuming.

    One season shouldn’t erase a few seasons but i must admit that defending in the EPL has been piss poor this season.

  2. This is some stupid shit by the people who are going about thinking this is actually happening. Citeh and the Gooners lost to Italian teams which is a fact but in the past season in competitions English teams have won more matches but seeing what is happening from one season ppl are assuming.

    One season shouldn’t erase a few seasons but i must admit that defending in the EPL has been piss poor this season.

  3. Ste says:

    There is mention of some players leaving, but nothing of the players thathave arrived – David Silva, Kun Aguero, Juan Mata, David De Gea, Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli, Vincent Kompany, Rafael Van Der Vaart, and Luis Suarez have all arrived in England in the past couple of years.

    Italy’s recent record in European competitions has been dire by their usual standards, as proven by their co-efficient dropping below that of Germany, but the league is improving year on year. Juventus are back where they belong, and will be back in the Champions League next season.

    I don’t think that, overall, Italian clubs are as good as English clubs. I believe this season will be a blip for England’s major representation of United and City. The experience gained by United’s younger players, and City as a whole, will ensure they don’t repeat the failure they endured this season.

    In terms of the top teams, Spain’s trumps England’s. But in England, there is more competitiveness. If you had to guess who will challenge for the league in England next season, you could actually name 4 or even 5 teams – United, City, Tottenham, Chelsea, and Arsenal at a push (obviously depending on summer business). In Spain, you can name 2. Valencia maybe in a few years when they reap the rewards of their new stadium. Maybe Malaga in a few years. That’s about it. Madrid and Barcelona are a galaxy away from the rest.

    The story in England seems to be being replicated over in Italy though, with the competitiveness of the league. Juventus and AC Milan may be ahead of the pack this season, but then there is the possibility of Internazionale coming back, Napoli on the rise, and Enrique’s Roma could even challenge. Udinese and Lazio are too reliant on ageing strikers to muster up a worthy title challenge in my opinion.

  4. Ste says:

    There is mention of some players leaving, but nothing of the players thathave arrived – David Silva, Kun Aguero, Juan Mata, David De Gea, Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli, Vincent Kompany, Rafael Van Der Vaart, and Luis Suarez have all arrived in England in the past couple of years.

    Italy’s recent record in European competitions has been dire by their usual standards, as proven by their co-efficient dropping below that of Germany, but the league is improving year on year. Juventus are back where they belong, and will be back in the Champions League next season.

    I don’t think that, overall, Italian clubs are as good as English clubs. I believe this season will be a blip for England’s major representation of United and City. The experience gained by United’s younger players, and City as a whole, will ensure they don’t repeat the failure they endured this season.

    In terms of the top teams, Spain’s trumps England’s. But in England, there is more competitiveness. If you had to guess who will challenge for the league in England next season, you could actually name 4 or even 5 teams – United, City, Tottenham, Chelsea, and Arsenal at a push (obviously depending on summer business). In Spain, you can name 2. Valencia maybe in a few years when they reap the rewards of their new stadium. Maybe Malaga in a few years. That’s about it. Madrid and Barcelona are a galaxy away from the rest.

    The story in England seems to be being replicated over in Italy though, with the competitiveness of the league. Juventus and AC Milan may be ahead of the pack this season, but then there is the possibility of Internazionale coming back, Napoli on the rise, and Enrique’s Roma could even challenge. Udinese and Lazio are too reliant on ageing strikers to muster up a worthy title challenge in my opinion.

  5. Bobby34 says:

    One poor season in Europe and people come out with this rubbish…god you must be desperate or bored to write this dross

  6. Bobby34 says:

    One poor season in Europe and people come out with this rubbish…god you must be desperate or bored to write this dross