Premier League vs La Liga
December 1, 2010 9 Comments
Premier League vs La Liga
In a week that saw every premier league club score in one weekend for the first time, and also one of the greatest team performances of all time from Barcelona, which is the stronger and more exciting league?
With some of the world’s greatest players no longer opting for the premier league and looking for clubs in other countries, is the English top division losing its appeal? In the past the top flight in England has boasted some of the greatest players ever to grace the field of play, names such as Ronaldo, Bergkamp, Overmars, and Cantona are just a few. But now, even though money seems no option for most of the big clubs in the premier league, big stars seem to go elsewhere.
The warm shores and attractive football of the Spanish La Liga seems to be the preferred destination for many of the world’s stars. David Villa is the most notable name to shun the premier league, opting to stay in his native Spain with Barcelona and turning down lots of offers on the table from English clubs, and after Monday night’s performance in El clasico few could blame him.
The performance of Barcelona in that game was one of the greatest team performances La Liga and the world has ever seen. The intricate passing and fluent skill of the Barcelona players blew Real Madrid away, as it would have done all teams. The performance stemmed from some of the world’s greatest players, Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and Villa. However, all of the Barca players can play the game with ease and quality.
The Spanish game is based on skill, quick short passing and fluency and you will see that in all the teams in the Spanish top division. It may be slow at times and some might say boring, but for true lovers of the game the precision, pure talent and vision on show is a joy to watch. The passing at times is a thing of beauty, and not just from the top teams such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia, lower sides like Hercules, Sporting Gijon, and Levante play the game of football with the same ethos. You will never see a Spanish team play “ugly” football. But at times this want for perfection can become painfully slow and boring with neither side taking hold of a game.
The English game on the other hand has been described, by some, as kick and chase or route one.
Our national sport is, for us, based on passion, pace and quality. And our top teams play with this and so much more. Arsenal , you could say, base their play on the Spanish style, trying to play the most attractive of football and keeping the play short and skilful. Lower sides like Stoke, Blackburn and Wolves seem to keep relying on passion and power, which at times can be really entertaining. However some onlookers say it is ugly and boring.
A team like Bolton has tried to move away from being in the same group as the so called “ugly” sides. Their play at times this season has been not
so unlike a Spanish side with wonderful passing moves and skill of the highest order. The manager Owen Coyle should be applauded for this.
So maybe the tide is turning in the English game? Maybe teams no longer want to be described as ugly and want to play attractive football like the Spanish sides? I believe this should be encouraged as no team can cope playing against pure skill and accuracy of passing. However, we should not lose the passion and pace we have for the game. Manchester United plays with a wonderful combination of both styles and for many years in the premier league other sides have not been able to cope. But will this continue when Sir Alex leaves? I do hope so.
Over the past few years a few sides have caught up with Manchester United, who for a while were unstoppable. Many say it’s through money, buying payers to win the league. I for one however believe it could also be down to a change of style. Chelsea now has a mix of skill and power and Arsenal seem to play with beauty and steel. And possibly it is an appreciation of all styles of play from all over the world that has helped teams improve and catch up and has lead to an exciting premier league that seems to be getting closer and closer.
Both Leagues will always have their big teams. Spain have Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia. England have Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. But through appreciation of the game on all sides and of course money, the chasing pack is not so far behind any more.
So which is the more exciting league? I think you have to look at both of them in a different light. The Spanish is one of beauty and skill, the English is one of passion and pace. In the future I think both leagues and both national sides will do the right thing and learn off one another as long as we both keep moving in the same direction.
Both styles and both leagues are a thing of beauty to a true lover of Football.
Read a similar blog post by upper90magazine: Has the English Premier league become a ‘selling division’?