Media companies claim it is the most exciting and the most aggressive. Yet with nine matches of this 2019/20 campaign played, sixth-placed Crystal Palace are nearer to base Watford than leaders Liverpool.
Roy Hodgson’s men have 14 points, three shy of the top four, however, are 11 points behind the Reds and just ten before the Hornets. On one hand, this does underline the validity of the English top-flight, however, by the same token, it highlights the difference between the best and the rest.
There are substantial gaps on top of Ligue 1 and Serie A, also, while La Liga is much more aggressive than many years with both Barcelona and Real Madrid struggling for form early on. However, the two Spanish giants, as they always seem to perform together with Atlético de Madrid, will finally find their groove and generate a healthy lead at the top.
The Bundesliga, however, differs. Presently, two things are all that divides table-toppers Borussia Mönchengladbach from ninth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.
Wolfsburg are the only unbeaten side in the Bundesliga but four draws mean they are tied on top with Gladbach on 16 points. Freiburg, Schalke, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Leverkusen find themselves on 14 points from their eight games.
This form of close-run race is a normal occurrence in Germany. There are several motives for this.
Right now, for instance, Bayern’s domestic dominance is possibly being jeopardized because at the helm they have an inexperienced supervisor in Niko Kovač who is learning at work. There have been question marks over him from day one and not only in terms of his strategies. How he manages players is up for discussion, too, with Thomas Müller the most recent player to speak openly about moving forward.
The Bavarians appear to take 1 step forward under the prior Croatia global, the 7-2 dismantling of Spurs, before taking numerous steps backward, defeat to Hoffenheim and a draw against Augsburg.
In normal conditions, the second-best team would capitalise. In this example, it should be Dortmund. But under Lucien Favre, BVB have been not able to shake the bottler’s tag. The home side ran riot, winning 5-0, and maintained the top spot.
While both Flick and Favre have lots of experts, the pair have too many disadvantages to be labelled top-class managers. But that’s the level Bundesliga clubs are now at.
But after the latter failed to deliver, they had to revert back to the standard and seem to bring in a manager who could construct his own legend.
Kovač and Favre are under pressure to provide the two best squads, although both teams are going through transitional periods. BVB regularly lose key players while Bayern are attempting to freshen up up the squad while staying competitive.
Pressure contributes to mistakes. And given nearly all eyes often wind up on these two teams, it means the Gladbachs, RB Leipzigs and Leverkusens of this league can go somewhat under the radar.
These clubs appoint young and innovative managers to get the most out of the talented squads in their disposals. At the moment, Gladbach are among the greatest teams to see in Europe because of director Marco Rose and how he is using his midfield and attack.
It is a perfect storm and this is what leads to so much competition and so much change at the peak of the Bundesliga.
The Red Bull-fueled club had an eight-point lead over Leverkusen, who maintained the final Champions League spot. However, it was not easy for Peter Bosz’s charges.
They pipped Gladbach to fourth place by three factors but B04 only completed five clear of eighth-placed Werder Bremen.
Throughout the 2017/18 effort, there was just a four-point gap between third-placed Hoffenheim and seventh-placed VfB Stuttgart. The last time there was a substantial gap in the Bundesliga between the top four and the rest came during the 2016/17 year when 13 points split Hoffenheim in fourth and FC Köln in fifth.
Since that time, there has been plenty of final-day play, something not usually seen in the Premier League.
The 2017/18 season was more of a foregone conclusion. The top seven went to the last game of the season knowing their final position with just Everton and Leicester City, occupying ninth and eighth place respectively, with anything really to play.
Last year was far more aggressive with Liverpool and Manchester City heading into the last match of the season with an opportunity to win the league. While the last table gives the impression that it was much nearer than it was for the last Champions League place, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur only had to avoid defeat to make sure their place in Europe’s premier club competition.
Manchester United had on lock, Wolves bagged themselves a seventh-placed complete in their return to the Premier League while Everton and Leicester once again battled for eighth.
In the Premier League, the top six are rather dominant since Leicester City’s miraculous title win in 2016. In reality, in two of the previous few seasons, the top four has been made up of the exact clubs. In Germany, however, this varies on a yearly basis.
Over the last five seasons, no set of four teams have qualified for the Champions League on more than 1 occasion. Furthermore, over the exact same time period, 14 unique teams have finished in the top six in Germany. In England, that amount is just eight.
Concerning competition, the Bundesliga manages to keep fans captivated for the whole 34 matchdays. Can any other league in the world actually do that? What’s more, if Premier League teams are seeking to enhance their squad, the German top-flight is their first port of call.
Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal have raided the Bundesliga for gift over recent seasons. With Jadon Sancho, Werner and Kai Havertz still plying their trade you may anticipate another big-money move or two on the horizon in the not too distant future, too.
The Premier League might be the most popular league but concerning everything else, it is lagging behind the Bundesliga.