The Big Question
Is the Premier League really the best league in the world?
The Life’s A Pitch panel of top football writers tackles The Big Question of whether the Premier League really is the best domestic competition in the world. While they feel it’s definitely the most exciting, they consider Spain’s La Liga to be of a higher standard.
John Cross of the Daily Mirror regards the Premier League as the most watchable, but considers Spain’s La Liga to be of a higher calibre. “I think [the Premier League] is the most exciting, the most competitive, and from that end, it’s probably the most watchable,” he explains. “But the standard has now fallen short of Spain. You only need to look at the ultimate litmus test which is Barcelona, champions of Spain [who] became kings of Europe by completely outclassing Manchester United.
“And while I think we do have a very tight, competitive league, which is great to watch, I think Spain are pulling away from us a little bit.”
David Walker of the Sunday Mirror agrees with John that the quality of football is better in Spain. But he considers La Liga to be more competitive than the Premier League because a higher number of different teams qualify for the Champions League in Spain than in England - despite the fact that only Barcelona and Real Madrid contest the league title each season.
Of Spain’s title race, David says: “It’s a two-club race, but I agree with John, the best team in Spain is better than anything we’ve got. If you look at the Spanish league, there have been an awful lot more teams make it into their top three, top four to play in the Champions League than we’ve seen. And I think that’s the measure of it.
“We’ve got some very, very strong teams at the top of our league. But look beyond that and I don’t think it’s a very good league.”
While La Liga might be technically superior, Dominic Fifield of the Guardian feels that Italy’s Serie A is no match for the Premier League these days. “It sort of feels like [Serie A] needs a more successful [AC] Milan, more successful Juventus to re-emerge as proper contenders.”
But in Serie A’s defence Dom points out that “they still have players coming through. You see [Alexis] Sanchez at Udinese at the moment – he’s the player that everybody wants. He’s done it in Serie A with an unlikely club. And Inter were obviously champions of Europe [in 2010].”
The panel also considers the merits of France’s Ligue 1 and how Uefa’s financial fair-play rules will affect Europe’s top leagues.
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