Now, not a lot of people would argue that the premiership has perhaps the strongest top 4 teams in Europe as Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are very strong and would give any team in the world a run for their money.
Unfortunately teams in Italy and especially Spain cannot say the same as Italy has Inter Milan, Roma, AC Milan and Juventus that can compete but not as strongly as the premiership while Spain can only count on Barcelona and Real Madrid to do it on a regular basis.
But to be the best league in the world should offer more than that, it should offer a cluster of 10 or more top sides in the league but after watching Everton against Chelsea last night, I was just baffled as to how an ordinary side as Everton could be 5th in the league.
They have consistently lost to the top 4 sides and it is not just losing, it is the manner of defeat. Everton looked totally bereft of ideas last night and save for a couple of players, most of the squad of players looks ordinary on an individual basis.
Tony Hibbert has no business plying his trade in the top tier of any league let alone the so called best league in the world. Phil Neville is an international only because of his Manchester United connections as well as being the brother of Gary. I could go on an on about individuals but in all honesty only Mikel Arteta, Yakubu Aiyegbeni at his best could be said to be of pretty high quality.
Tim Howard, Joseph Yobo, Tim Cahill and Phil Jagielka are decent players that could do a good job for a mid-table side whilst Andy Johnson’s pace makes him look better than he really is as is hapless displays on the international stage has proved.
At least the likes of Sevilla, Valencia, Espanyol, Mallorca, Getafe, Atletico Madrid, Athletico Bilbao, Villareal, Real Betis in Spain have players of international quality and in some cases genuine world class players.
In Italy there are too many teams to mention that have players with far better skill, technique and creativity than what I witnessed last night and the only thing preventing them from doing better is the mentality.
The premiership may be the most watched league in the world and its top 4 teams are the strongest at this point in time but the 5th placed team would not come 5th in Italy or Spain and the teams below them like Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Manchester City etc would be embarrassed in Italy or Spain.
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