The worst Man U team in a while is running away with the league. City is average, Chelsea sucks, Arsenal sucks, Liverpool sucks, Spurs is nothing special. Everton and I guess Man U are the only team performing to an average or above standard.
How can the entire league be so down?
Agree that it's cyclical and because 3 of biggest clubs are in some degree of rebuilding.
The EPL's noteworthy strength when it's considered the strongest league is simply that it has recently boasted 5 clubs that are among the biggest 10 or so in Europe (along with Barca, Real, Juve, Inter, AC Milan, Bayern and PSG now threatening to join this group).
When 4/5 of those are at close to historical strength then the league is usually the strongest at the top but the EPL has never seemed to me particularly deep in quality mid-table teams compared to other top leagues.
The potential of these biggest EPL clubs probably means the cycle swings back in the near future (like with Juve now).
However, other top leagues have more clubs that are comparable to Tottenham in overall strength/outlook.
Right now a lot of that tier are as good or better than the usual EPL stalwarts: Dortmund and maybe a couple of other German clubs?, Napoli, Roma, Fiorentina, Valencia, Malaga, Lazio, Atletico Madrid etc etc. This isn't to mention that France, Portugal etc usually has some teams around this level.
In fact, if you staged a tourney of ties between 1-20 in league tables right now, I can't see much reason to argue that any league out of EPL, La Liga, Serie A or Bundesliga would be more or less likely to win a majority of those.
I'd also be bold enough to ask anyone who thinks otherwise exactly how many matches they've watched from the league they think would do worse.
This post was edited on 2/23 at 8:30 pm