zabbadabbado wrote:Last 2 Premier League Titles ( Leicester ,Chelsea) have been won by teams not competing in the Champions League.
Bearing this in mind would finishing out the top 4 this season really be a disaster, like some are making out. If I am being honest I can’t stand the competition, I know many other fans agree with my sentiments.
I would take Premier League Title every season over a run in the Champions League; I would even take the FA Cup.
I don’t think finishing out the top 4 will affect our Player recruitment either, Guardiola is selling a project. Not many players won’t want to play for him.
We sort our defence out at the end of this season, we don’t have distraction of the Champions League, next season could be our season. If we end up in the Europa, blood our youngsters.
Interesting points. I myself am in full agreement in that I'd sooner see us win the PL year in year out than the CL once or maybe twice. No arguments from me there.
But the CL does bring in huge revenues that we do need. Last year in the run to the semi I think I read somewhere we earned close to £100m from all revenues associated with the CL. This year with the early exit, it will be a lower amount but it will still be significant. The EL simply doesn't match.
Also, both Chelsea and Leicester have had no European football whatsoever. We are hardly going to finish low enough that we don't qualify for any European competition. Playing Thursday night/Sunday afternoon is not the recipe for success either. So I take your point about the CL but unless we aren't in Europe full stop, then we really do need to be in the PL