The English Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in the world. Though there are 4 to 5 powerhouses, all the clubs in the league have equal chances of a result on any given day. But the teams from the EPL have not been at their best in the European Competitions which shows that lack of quality in the squads.
In the last decade, only Manchester United and Chelsea have been able to lift a European Trophy. Chelsea won the Champion League in the 2011-12 season and were the semi-finalists in the 2013-14 season. Apart from this, no club has even reached the semi-finals for the last four seasons. This has a huge impact on the image of the Clubs and on the League as a whole.
What has been even more baffling is the fact that most of the English Clubs spend so much in the transfer window yet have so little in terms of success to show for their efforts. Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are among the top 10 spenders in European Football but have only 2 trophies among them in more than a decade to show for.
There are more than a few reasons for their failure in the European Competitions. The football calendar for an English team is so packed that the managers often tend to think about the fitness and availability of the players over the results of the matches. There is a fine line between over playing and managing the players among three other domestic competitions.
The teams playing the Europa League have to play 2 games in less than 4 days time and this will always take a toll on the squad. But at the highest level, this should not work as an excuse as the players practice for these things day in and day out.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munchen are three teams who have not failed to appear in the semi-finals of the UCL in the last three years. These teams have squads that can beat most other teams and it is hard to see them eliminated from the early stages of the competition. With only one spot left, it is not easy for the English Clubs to constantly fight for the trophy but the lack of fight shown in the European Competitions has been disappointing.
Teams who play in the Europa League are usually more concerned about a top four finish in the Domestic League which gives them even less chances of silverware in Europe. This season, only Chelsea and Tottenham have emerged victorious with Liverpool settling for a draw in Europe. Arsenal, City and United have all faced defeat in their opening fixtures in the European Elite competition.
These constant failures have put the Premier League in danger of losing a spot in the Champions League. If they continue to fail in the Champions League and the Europa League, they may have just 3 teams in the Elite competition within 3 years. The English Clubs should wake up quickly and start answering their critics if they want their status of the most competitive league to continue.
The managers need to address these issues all the teams if not the top teams, involved in Europe from the country should try their best to lift a trophy. Else, for the first time after the 2001-02 season, England may be represented by just three teams in the UEFA Champions League.
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