For a second season in a row, two Spanish football clubs will be appearing in the finals of European football’s biggest competitions: The UEFA Champions League and the Europa League (feel free to argue). Barcelona will be facing Juventus and Sevilla (another successive final appearance) will be facing Dnipro. Last year, it was Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla in these finals. And yet they say: the English Premier League is the best in the world. Well, just maybe they are right. The EPL is the best in the world and the Spanish La Liga is in a world of its own.
Housing the world’s best two (who are in planets of their own while the others can only live on other planets), the La Liga has proven over time that English football is over-rated. If you love football, you’d probably know this. Season after season, one English player is overhyped by the “beloved” English fourth estate after the other and sold for an “overhiked” price (this could easily pass for business). Then the player SUDDENLY fades away. Then the same English media will claim that the league is a tough one; merciless so that adaptability to new clubs in the league takes years.
Maybe they are right. Maybe the league is so tough that it chokes the players and makes playing on Europe’s big stage a difficult role to act successfully. But then again, maybe they keep shooting themselves in the foot by saying “the EPL is the toughest” and then come Champions League Matchday, they’re faced with even tougher oppositions? But what makes a league “tough”? Shouldn’t the tough get going when the going gets tough?
The UEFA Champions League is one for the tough and speaking of tough this season (and the one before) the English Premier League has been nowhere near tough. The La Liga has taken over that role by presenting two finalists in competitions where it really matters how tough you are.
Adieu English Football: You stabbed yourself in secret and bled to death on the big stage.
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Author: Rotimi “Papi the Great” Daramola
Rotimi Daramola aka Papi the Great is the owner of ForTheGoal.
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