For the longest time, the Premier League has marketed itself as ‘the best league in the world’.
However, it’s only since the recent gargantuan TV deals that this vision has been realised. Over the past decade, the Premier League has been hoovering up the world’s best players.
The Premier League now also has the best coaches in the world, and could be about to get another one.
The consensus on Ralf Rangnick’s temporary appointment as Manchester United coach is that he will make way for Mauricio Pochettino next season.
If they do, that would mean the top five teams in the league would have the top five managers in the world. Guardiola, Klopp, Tuchel, Conte and Pochettino all battling for supremacy with ludicrously expensive squads will make it even more competitive than it already is.
At no other point in history has one league had such a concentration of coaching and playing talent. Essentially, the English top flight has got four Barcelonas or Bayern Munichs in their prime playing in the same league.
It makes the fight even tougher for the likes of Arsenal, West Ham and Leicester. Arsenal, after being a basketcase for so long might actually be the most wholesome story.
They have a young, beloved former captain as their head coach leading a team of young players through a project to get back to the top of the table. They are the ultimate underdogs against teams with more talent and vastly more resources than them.
In Thomas Tuchel we have seen the effect a top level coach can have on a struggling team. If United return as a force, the top 5 positions in the league could be locked up for years to come.
The only caveat is that Tottenham are Tottenham, and they will undoubtedly find a way to make a mess of hiring Antonio Conte. Apart from that, it looks like English teams are going to dominate Europe for the foreseeable future.