So the weekend came and brought about the beginning of the most anticipated Premier League season yet! There were so many things to witness: The return of the Special One, Manchester United began life after Fergie, Tottenham and their flurry of new signings, to mention just a few. But after a few days, I must admit I feel a little disappointed.
Having watched games from the Spanish Primera Liga, the Bundesliga, and the Juventus-Lazio game, I must admit, the Premier League offered no game that was exciting enough to rival, or at least contend for match of the weekend. It reminded me of an earlier assertion by some writer, that Barclay’s Premier league has lost its quality, and excitement.
Its hard to argue with that at the moment. The top teams really didn’t show any potency at all. Chelsea could only clumsily put two past Hull, and Manchester United were efficient, but far from their best. Arsenal lost convincingly and rejuvenated (in personnel) Tottenham couldn’t justify their big summer spending with a performance to match the millions. Liverpool for all their noise are really just another pack of toothless bulldogs!
Judging by the performance of the top rated teams, English Football is among the worst of the top rated leagues. Many may argue otherwise and I may even get stabbed in the leg while walking home for saying this, but the truth is, none of the English Teams (Top Dogs) performed like European Championship material. A motivated Real Betis could well put 5 past United, Chelsea, and Tottenham and perhaps even 10 past Liverpool
I may very well swap my Premier League Matchdays for some Bundesliga or La Liga action. English teams are just not exciting enough anymore; they play unattractive brands of football and look nothing like winners. Its no surprise United won by so many last season!
Even the transfers may well reflect that. The biggest transfer targets all went to other leagues, not one of the truly ‘marquee’ signings came the BPL. Falcao went to France, Neymar went to Barcelona, Isco chose to go to a star studded Madrid, and even Guardiola preferred Germany! This says a lot about the state of British Football at the moment, the quality of the premier league. Of the top 5 players in the world right now, none play in England (Ronaldo, Messi, Iniesta, Falcao, Fabregas).
So maybe its time we all put on some black and mourned the death of the Premier League.
What’s your take? Has the Premier League lost its shine?
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