Newcastle United Won’t Be Able To Save The Premier League’s Status
It is ironic that after so many years of it being treated with so little respect, that potentially there could be three Premier League clubs in the last eight, in the same season that nobody makes it into that stage of the Champions League.
This season’s Champions League failure for Premier League clubs has ensured that Spain’s La Liga’s will be the top ranking UEFA domestic league at the end of the season.
With rankings determined over the previous five seasons, the English Premier League needed a big big season in both the Champions League AND Europa League to stand any chance of maintaining top spot.
The 2007/08 season is due to drop off the ranking criteria and that was the year that Chelsea were beaten by Manchester United in the Champions League final, giving the Premier League a huge lift.
Positions are updated during the season and already Spain have overtaken England, the current positions and number of coefficient points (which determine the ranking) are shown below;
For all the money swilling around the Premier League there is no doubt that England’s downward slide is due to a weakening of teams in the Premier league overall, with Germany now looking a real threat to even force the Premier league into third.
The fact English clubs have generally not taken the Europa League as seriously as those in other countries has been a big factor in the Premier League’s fall from grace, with the likes of Atletico Madrid winning it twice in the last three seasons, beating fellow Spanish (Basque!) club Bilbao last time around.
How ironic if in the year that the Premier League falls from grace, there is an English winner of the Europa League, especially if it is Newcastle!
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