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The French Ask: Is the Premiership the Best?
London Telegraph, January 24th, 2007 3:26PM

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The French sports newspaper L'Equipe also examines the English Premiership's claim that it's the best league in the world, saying it depends on what you mean by "best." If Manchester United is 11-points ahead of the third place team, it would suggest that there's a sizable gap between the leader, No. 2 Chelsea, and the rest of the clubs in the league. Few believe the top four positions will change between now and the end of the season, which suggests that winning the title isn't the open, exciting contest a "best league in the world" would offer. But it isn't that way anywhere else, either.

In Spain, the other league along with Italy's Serie A that could make a case for being the world's best, the title race is incredibly close: the top three are all tied on 38 points, and you'd have to move all the way down to 9th place to find a team that's more than 11 points behind leader Barcelona.

To find the best, L'Equipe turns inevitably to the numbers, which, if anything, can tell us which league produces the strongest teams. And that would be Italy, with 11 European Cup trophies since 1991, followed by Spain with 9, and England with 6. So is England the best? "It's spectacular but that's about as far as it goes," the French paper says. Read the original story...


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