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Thread: The Premiership vs La Liga & the Trials of the English & Spanish national sides.

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    The Premiership vs La Liga & the Trials of the English & Spanish national sides.

    Well firstly on the domestic competitions, a lot of people reckon that La Liga is the greatest league in the world and when you see games like last weekend most would agree. But IMO since Chelsea have become a powerhouse in English football the English game has become slightly better with all of the other major premiership sides trying to catch the blues which has made competition very good over the past two seasons.

    But when you come down to strenght of the clubs & quality of players it evens out a bit i.e the top clubs in England are Chelsea, Man U, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham & Newcastle (if they play to potential i guess) while in Spain its Barca, Real, Valencia, Ath.Madrid, Villareal. When it comes to crowd support and turn-outs both leagues are superb & fans equally fanatical about their clubs success which makes if even harder to understand why two countries with such great leagues that have some top players currently keep doing so badly on the international stage.

    We all know about England, so i'll look at spain:

    In defense on paper its as strong as any side in the world with Goal-keepers such Casillas (arguably the best shop stopper in the game), Reina, Valdez. Then in defense Puyol (one of the best defenders around), Pablo, Ramos (on of the best young full-backs currently), Marchena, Juanito, Salgado, Del Horno & Capedevilla.

    Mid-field is very creative with the X-men, Jaoquin & Vicente (two of the best wingers in the buisness), Albelda, Garcia, Baraja along with good talented set of youngsters lead by the Fabregas & Silva.

    Then going foward not many sides in world football can boast to have such firepower with the likes of Torres, Villa, Raul, Morientes, Angulo. But just like England they continue to flatter on the international stage.

    For me come Euro 2008 an England vs Spain final would be great, but it will all depend on if Mclaren and Aragones can turn their side of talented players into world beaters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    We all know about England, so i'll look at spain:
    Well if you think Newcastle are one of the top sides, I suggest you don't...
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    How can i team that are like 18th/19th be considered a top side regardless of any top players they have?
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    just because they are having a bad season currently doesn't mean the magpies aren't one of the top sides in the premiership. A side that has the likes of Owen, Emre, Martins, Duff, Parker, Given, Luque certainly isn't poor.

    Since the premiership began their record even you leave out this year is fairly good and other tham the likes of Man U, the gunners, Chelsea, Liverpool & Tottenham no other club has a better record i don't think.

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    I see the odd La Liga game and the defences look awful, half-decent strikers scoring at will e.g Forlan, but this does mean the games are good to watch. In the Prem even Chelsea and Arsenal struggle to actually hammer sides regularly, it's very competitive and above La Liga for me.
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    Personally I love Spanish football, perhaps because ESPN show so much of it it is common for me to check all the Spanish games that are on the weekend and tape them and watch it later.

    Anyway Athletico Madrid have been underperforming for a quite a while now and wouldsay the equvilant of Tottenham/Everton in Spain and the success of the Champions League was too much for Villarreal in terms of depth (like what happened with Celta Vigo and their relegation in 03/04) as they struggled in the league and they weren't on song against Athletico. Anyway Aussie you have forgot to mention the form of Sevilla (Jesus Navas and Dani Alaves will surely join much bigger clubs?), Osasuna and Zaragoza. The signing of Pablo Aimar looks to be a shrewd one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
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    Counters your argument that they're still a big club tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    Counters your argument that they're still a big club tbh.
    I think the 97-01 period kills it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh
    I think the 97-01 period kills it off.
    Well, yes, but 01-04 they came back a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    no other club has a better record i don't think.
    I'll ignore the double negative and assume you mean that no other clib has a better record.

    If so, you'd be very wrong - United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool all have far, far better records.
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    The Premiership is the better league. I dont think i need a reason
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Halsey
    I'll ignore the double negative and assume you mean that no other clib has a better record.

    If so, you'd be very wrong - United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool all have far, far better records.
    He actually said 'other tham the likes of Man U, the gunners, Chelsea, Liverpool & Tottenham no other club has a better record i don't think.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    Well, yes, but 01-04 they came back a bit.
    True, but now they're back to the former period.

    They really should have won that one Premiership where they blew a 12 point lead but they've done nothing since really.

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