Manchester City Hoping La Liga Infusion Takes Back the Premier League

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It’s only been a few weeks since Manchester City were officially dethroned as champions of the English Premier League but with the recent rumors, the impending arrival of Manuel Pellegrini and the apparent signing of Sevilla midfielder Jesus Navas, it looks like the team from the blue half of Manchester is attempting to bring in as much talent from Spain and the country’s top flight as possible in a bid to re-gain their spot atop the Premier League perch in 2013-14.

In the grand scheme of things, it is not surprising that the new City executives Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain are favoring Spain as the place to get City’s transfers from this summer as the two formerly worked for FC Barcelona. One would imagine that they have a better grasp on who is and isn’t good in the Primera Division thanks to their time at Camp Nou. However, I believe that this runs deeper than simply trying to emulate what Barcelona does at the Etihad. No, this is a case of building a sense of familiarity amongst the team and picking up a few players who can be linked to the Spanish National Team’s current domination of the world.

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La Aburrida: Is La Liga Getting Boring?

There is always discussion on which league is the most exciting from the beginning of the season until a champion is crowned. Many will point to the Premier League, others will say the Bundesliga and some will say Serie A. However, for a neutral, I believe that it would be hard to say that Spain’s La Liga is the most predictable of Europe’s big four football leagues.

In my time being a serious follower of the sport, I’ve become more and more disenchanted with the Spanish top flight. As a neutral, there are only so many times someone can watch El Clasico before they get Clasico’d out. I reached that point a long time ago and I’m sure that I’m not the only one.

Are you getting tired of seeing scenes like this? I know I am.

Are you getting tired of seeing scenes like this? I know I am.

It doesn’t come as a shock that Real Madrid and FC Barcelona dominate the league. They are two of the richest clubs in the world with some of the world’s best talent. It’s not a matter of who will win La Liga when the season begins, it’s a matter of who will mess up first — Real Madrid or Barcelona. This season, it happened to be the Merengues.

Manchester City’s mercurial rise to the top of the table in the Premier League was a break to the monotony of a Manchester United-dominated league. It’s slowly becoming a Manchester monopoly, but the other big clubs in England are able to keep pace with these clubs if the form is with them.

With Valencia’s fall from grace, there is no longer a team which can compete with the two Spanish giants. Only nine clubs have won La Liga in its history and Valencia is the only team other than Madrid or Barca to win it since the turn of the century. We could all applaud Atletico Madrid’s time in the runner-up position in the table this season, but no one really believe they would be above their city rivals when it was all said and done.

La Liga needs a Manchester City. They need a club with a stable owner to come in and create a third powerhouse in Spain. They need a club with enough money to distribute the wealth of talent a little more evenly. We thought we had that with Malaga, but well… you know how that turned out.

Surely, Financial Fair Play will put a hamper on anything like this happening. The poor clubs will remain poor and while the rich clubs in Madrid in Barcelona remain the rich and powerful. The status quo will be maintained in Spain and La Liga will continue to get boring.

Here’s your chance to become a big four league, Ligue 1.