There is no grey area after the ‘El Classico’

Lionel Messi (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lionel Messi (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo.

I’d timed my return trip home from to Donegal to perfection in order to see Barcelona take on Real Madrid last Sunday.

In case you’re not a regular reader of this column then I must tell you that when it comes to club football I am extremely sceptical.

I’ve always banged on about how a trip to the Brandywell to see Derry City take on Shamrock Rovers can be much more entertaining and satisfying than a top of the table clash from the English Premier League.

And whilst going to the Brandywell will never to compare to anything else, I was gob smacked by last week’s game between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

For anyone who didn’t see the game, it was magical. It ended 4-3 to Barcelona and their talisman Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick.

During and after the game I remember thinking, how can anyone believe that the English Premier League is the best league in the world?

Whether people want to admit it or not, football, like all sports, is entertainment and some of the so called ‘Super Sunday’ clashes in the English Premier League this season have been painfully boring.

Real Madrid and Barcelona played football last Sunday how I think it should be played. It was perhaps one of the most entertaining games of football I’d watched in years and whilst the match is not representative of ‘La Liga’ it still strengthens the opinion held by many that Spanish football is much more enjoyable than the English Premier League.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea look certain to challenge for the 2013/14 Premier League title but the way in which they play football leaves a lot to be desired.

If you are a Chelsea fan the point I am making will fall on deaf ears because as far as fans are concerned, as long as they are winning they’ll have no complaints but if the football on show is not as entertaining as what we see in ‘La Liga’ then how can advocates claim the Premier League is the best in the world?

The amount of money and talent thrown at making the Premier League appear sexy and slick is considerable but I’ve lost count of how many Sundays I sit down to watch ‘the big match’ only to be sorely disappointed.

The ever reliable Manchester United have been flatter than Guildhall Square this season and I’ve already made my views on Chelsea clear however, at least there’s Liverpool.

Manager Brendan Rogers who learned his trade under Mourinho at Chelsea plays a style of football I find attractive to watch.

Rogers has, for the first time in seasons, developed one of the most prolific goal scoring partnerships in Suarez and Sturridge.

Liverpool and Rogers’ outlook is very simple. If they score more goals than the opposition then they will win matches. It really is that simple and that’s why it’s not surprising to see them challenging for this year’s title.

Liverpool’s style of play reminds me of time when the English Premier League was the best in the world but anyone who thinks it still is, is living in Cloud Cuckoo land.

Will I and many others like me tune into to watch ‘the big match’ every Sunday? Of course we will. But is the English Premier League the best in the world? Most certainly not.