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Most competitive European Leagues this 2020/21 season

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Most competitive European Leagues this 2020/21 season
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Showdown of the Leagues – A detailed comparison of the top 5 most competitive European Football Leagues so far this 2020/2021 season

I have been thinking a lot about the order of the top 5 most competitive European Leagues this 2020/21 season. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought a lot of negative impact on some leagues recently.

The Top 5 European football Leagues in no order are;

Half way through the 2020/21 season, I am starting to think the quality of the top 5 most competitive European football leagues is a bit more like:

  1. Premier League
  2. Serie A
  3. La Liga
  4. Ligue 1
  5. Bundesliga.
The second and third could be interchangeable almost. But I’m really leaning towards Bundesliga being the worst amongst the top 5 European Leagues right now.

Manager Quality in the European top leagues this 2020/21 season.

  1. Premier League
  2. Bundesliga
  3. Serie A
  4. La Liga
  5. Ligue 1
Serie A and La Liga are definitely interchangeable.

Player Quality in the top 5 most competitive European Leagues this 2020/21 season.

  1. Premier League
  2. Serie A
  3. La Liga
  4. Bundesliga
  5. Ligue 1
 I could definitely place Ligue 1 over Bundesliga overall because German football is incredibly dead since the Covid-19 outbreak.

Best European Leagues for Player development in the pass few years

The Bundesliga evolved this past years and seems to be the best placer for youngsters. Kevin De Bruyne developed his game at Wolfsburg. Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland at Dortmund and Ryan Sessegnon at Hoffenheim now. In terms of nurturing youngsters it’s definitely up there with Ligue 1, and La Liga for forwards.

Best European football Leagues In terms of managers PRODUCED

I put Germany first Spain second, Italy third and England last, but note that I’m ranking the current managers. Where Ralph Hassenhuttl and Jurgen Klopp are in England. Tuchel unemployed, etc.

Tactically ranking the top five European football  leagues this 2020/21 season

  1. La Liga
  2. Serie A
  3. Premier League
  4. Ligue 1
  5. Bundesliga
In La Liga this season, all the teams are stemming a more conservative block now which really makes the games VERY difficult for attackers.
The 4-4-2 used in La Liga have teams that employ a high press and most teams that prefer a low block. The formation is =/= tactics though, so I can’t provide any statistical evidence of tactical flexibility from other leagues, so all I can do is recommend you watch La Liga itself.
EDITOR’S PICK
I don’t watch the serie A so often but I somehow know how the top 8 teams set up. In Serie A, there are managers like De Zerbi, Inzaghi, Andrea Pirlo, Gasperini, Pioli, Conte who all have their style and all are different. They have more open systems, hence more goals scored in the league.
Serie A has become more tactical and interesting with La Liga being more conservative(tactically). But, Serie A still bores me out due to slow tempo.
In the Premier league, most teams play hoof ball. Classic 4-4-2 with a target man up top. A more predictable league, tactically. This makes their game more open with aerial duels. Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are the only managers who can switch consistently. Even though Liverpool is becoming predictable lately
I feel like a huge difference between Liverpool and Manchester City currently (other than slumps of bad luck etc) is tactical flexibility. Pep’s team (more often than not) functions well with a new XI and new demands. Liverpool not as much.

Comparing the Top 5 European Football Leagues base on;

League Quality

I must say, the quality of football in La Liga seems much better than the Premier League. I know that the competition in the Premier League is much ‘intense’ and higher but quality-wise (build up play, pressing, transitions etc) La Liga is way better. I learn a lot of things while watching la liga honestly.
However, the quality of players in La Liga have dropped massively in the pass two as well as this 2020/21 seasons. That league used to have all the best players in their position playing there and now they are filled with players who won’t be out of place at a team like Newcastle.
La Liga is generally in a trend where more teams are playing compact football, limiting space and chances for opponents. Add how there aren’t many quality attackers at the moment and this is the result.
For Bundesliga, I think my views on German football changed since COVID (no fans). It’s been extremely drab. But the criteria is player quality, manager quality, and a bit of subjectivity with my enjoyment factored in.

Player Quality

For me, the reference if a player can do it in the premier league shouldn’t be seen as the standard. De Bruyne(Wolfsburg), Salah(Roma), Fabinho(Monaco), Bruno Fernandez(Sporting) etc all came from inferior leagues and are all doing excellently well in the Premier League.
It doesn’t make the league look bad but makes the players look good. They could still mess up in a more inferior league. I don’t always equate player quality to a league because, if you are good, you are good. It’s not rocket science. Same goes to other leagues.

Entertainment and Popularity

Entertainment in football has always been subjective to me. So saying this league or that league is more entertaining Sums up to what u feel. Some might like goals, tackles, fights, others might like tactics etc.
Being entertained doesn’t make some league have quality. It’s all about what the viewer gets in an entertainment perspective. Premier League is highly regarded as most entertaining league. It has influenced a clear number of fan base from the sponsoring and or marketability of the league.
Premier League being the most watched league because, it’s more accessible in almost all the countries/platforms. Have the highest number of players and managers coming from abroad.
It has best fans, oldest clubs, TV views and shows, etc only makes it attractive from a neutral. Being so for so many years and now the TV rights being shared equally will only increase fans. It’s incredible how other leagues are left behind here.
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