MICHAELPEARLMAN SAYS: The Premier League miles ahead when it comes to excitement
1:01pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Sport
ARGUABLY no topic in football is more tiresome than the ‘what is the best league in the world?’ debate.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and while La Liga is technically best, the atmosphere in German football is a joy to behold, etc, I wouldn’t swap the Premier League this season.
We may not have a superstar along the lines of a Lionel Messi, a Cristiano Ronaldo or even a Gareth Bale, technicians like Andreas Iniesta, Xavi or Luka Modric, but the Premier League has at least one huge advantage in comparison to Europe’s other elite leagues.
Namely, we have the most open title race since the late 1980s.
Not since the days of George Graham, Howard Kendall, the Liverpool dynasty and Clive ‘how many goals?’ Allen has the English top flight been as wide open as it is today.
All the talk is that six teams can potentially challenge for the title and at this stage, that doesn’t seem unrealistic at all. Compare that to the two-team only La Liga title race.
I’m expecting potentially the lowest winning points total in living memory with no Premier League squad looking even a nose better than the rest, let alone head and shoulders.
League leaders Arsenal have been beaten at home by Villa, second-placed Liverpool lost at Anfield against Southampton and the less said about the champions the better, as David Moyes gets a rough introduction to life at the Theatre of Dreams.
The Premier League might be all about money, it might be obscene to some and it’s unquestionably damaging the English national team, but my word it’s a fun division to watch this term.
This is the campaign where a kid who came to prominence against Newport County can score the winning goal at Old Trafford and where with a grand total of just over a year in charge, Andre Villas Boas and Brendan Rogers are two of the top teams’ longest serving bosses.
But who needs stability when you’ve got this kind of entertainment? After years of monotony featuring Manchester United and Chelsea or Arsenal exclusively battling for top spot, the 2013/14 campaign could be the best ever.
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