The Prem’s rubbish, guys
Can we please abandon the idea that there is anything positive about the current state of the PL? It’s like watching a prolonged FA Cup third round upset: miserable.
As an exercise in pure entertainment, perhaps the current league is more entertaining than the mid and late 00s when Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool comfortably finished in the top 4 (although I’m not convinced the PL has ever been more entertaining than when Utd won it by 18 points. It was glorious). Isn’t it wonderful that, thanks to the PL’s unmeritocratic distribution of television revenues, the likes of Leicester and Stoke can spend money they only have because they piggyback on the commercial success and profile of Utd and others? Well no, it isn’t.
Never mind that clubs are spending money they shouldn’t have and haven’t earnt. From a simple sporting perspective, the competitiveness of the PL is a disaster. The relentlessness and physicality of the competition guarantees that year after year, tournament after tournament, English clubs and players are exhausted come spring, and therefore unable to compete with the better rested squads of Barca, Madrid, Bayern etc.
The combination of this exclusion from major continental honours, and a league in which competition is physical and protection still limited, therefore dissuades elite players from coming to or staying in England. Forgive me if, after Cantona, Veron, Stam, Ronaldo, Tevez et al., I’m just not that impressed by the success of Ighalo, Jamie Vardy, Jason Puncheon or Riyadh Mahrez.
The standard to which English clubs should aspire is consistent excellence in European competition (like three CL finals in four years). Not to be competing with Leicester, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, and celebrating a league for its lack of quality is frankly obtuse.
Took this from a football website that takes submissions from fans. I hope "ChrisMUFC" loses the ability to write because that is one of the worst things I've read regarding football. Bitter because the leagues getting stronger? Jesus Christ, it's amazing for the Premier league that it's becoming more competitive.