Not in the League itself, but they have the FA Cup and the League Cup to compete in, and no winter break. Not sure about the German Cup, but for sure in the Copa del Rey, anyone still in with a chance of winning a major title plays their kids and reserves.dizlexik wrote:Not necessary, aren't EPL clubs playing more matches than other major leagues clubs? Also competition might be tougher in EPL tha in La Liga, so for example Madrid might use reserve squad in in league, than use their main players in Europe.nixxxon wrote:Congrats to Leicester. Not sure if its because of their own merits, or because the usual top teams have been all terrible.
I have the feeling that the EPL level has decreased a lot. Just look at how City (last english team remaining in the CL) fell to Madrid in the CL. Madrid played a pretty bad match yet they looked comfortable
I do think the overall standard of the PL is while lower at the absolute top, closer from top to bottom. In the Bundesliga you have Bayern, Dortmund and one other, between Gladbach, Schalke and Leverkusen depending on the season. You also have Bayern going in 0-1 down to Wolfsburg who at the time were title contenders, to score 5 goals in 9 minutes to win 5-1.
La Liga has Real and Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, and if we're lucky Valencia or Villarreal. End of August, Real Madrid won 5-0 at home, and then 6-0 away (and then 4-0 in the CL), and they've won 5-0 and 6-0 apart from those in the league (and 7-1 and 10-2).
You don't see those kinds of scores in the PL regularly, they're the kind of thing the club makes a dvd of and Sky Sports hype for 20 years.