Is the gap between the standard of the teams in the Premier League closing?

by Tony Alvarez

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
 

With the likes of Bolton and Sunderland lying 5th and 6th in the Premier League table, many Football fans are wondering why is the gap closing? Or is this just a false early season table?

 With only 9 points between a champions league place and relegation spot the league is certainly been a very close run thing so far this season.

 But what is the reason for this? Are the weak getting stronger or are the top teams getting weaker?

So far this season Chelsea have been hammered 3-0 at home by Sunderland, 2nd placed Arsenal have lost at home to newly promoted West Brom and Newcastle and Manchester United have dropped points at home to West Brom.

In the past such results have been pretty much unheard of, there have always been the one off results but never has there been so many in the first 13 games of a season.

 In my opinion this is down to managers being cleverer about the way they are setting up to play against the so called bigger sides.

 3 years ago teams such as Stoke were unheard of in the top division, regardless of the standard of the football played by opponents they will play their own game and will always be ready for battle.

 The likes of West Brom have been brave on their travels this season they have not gone and parked the bus, they instead have came and been adventurous whilst still making sure they are solid at the back.

 Again Newcastle play to their strengths in a big way. On their visit to the Emirates they packed the defence denying Arsenal the space they crave, whilst playing two big strong strikers capable of winning the aerial battle and holding up the ball.

 Sunderland went and attacked the champions something unheard of at Stamford bridge, starting with two upfront and looking to hold possession at every opportunity rather than simply getting the ball as way away form their goal as possible.

 However, in my opinion it is not only that the “smaller” clubs are becoming more tactically aware. I think the big 5 or 6 are weaker than in years gone by.

 Although still stronger than the other clubs Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United, Man City, Tottenham and Liverpool all have huge flaws currently, some of these are down to current injury situations, and others don’t have the squad to compete in multiple competitions.

 As frustrating as this may be for the supporters of the bigger clubs it makes the league very interesting for neutrals and makes every fixture interesting, with results becoming increasingly difficult to predict.

What do you think? Am I being harsh on some of the “smaller” clubs? Have they improved so much that they can beat anyone on their day? 

With all these shock results can we still call our Premier League the best league in the world? And if so would that suggest that we no longer have the best clubs in Europe?

Leave a comment and let me and other football lovers know what you think.

 Please read the comments from other fans and see if you agree with their points.

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