The soccer news starts with Southampton losing 9-0 at home to Leicester City. Southampton was already a goal down when Ryan Bertrand saw red in the 12th minute. Six minutes later, it was 3-0 Leicester City. By the final whistle, Leicester's Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy both had hat-tricks with Vardy finishing his off four minutes into stoppage time. Southampton is in 18th-place with the same goal difference as last-place Watford at -16.
"We must know that when we play like this, we have no chance to stay in this league, that is for sure," Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said. "Everybody knows this. It's about us now, to try and find a way to do better than this."
With all due respect to Southampton, it's Leicester City once again the point of a Premier League story. Since becoming the only surprise team this century to win the Premier League in 2015-16, Leicester reverted to the mean with a 12th-place finish the following season. Since then, they've put together back-to-back 9th-place finishes. There's no shame in that, but there's also no confusing them with the true Premier League elite. The teams that treat the Champions League like a right and the Europa as an insult.
It was easy enough to use Leicester City as the outlier that proved the point. If Leicester could go from Championship winner to Premier League winner in three seasons, what's the rest of the league's excuse? Take on the big boys and beat them. Show that the Premier League really is an open competition. Leicester did it.
That's the unrealistic answer to the Premier League's parity problem. A league where finishing in 5th-place can be a de facto championship hasn't really changed. The elite clubs are well aware of who they are and where they belong. Any shakeup won't last. Any new admissions to the top tier will require a ridiculous amount of money to buy the necessary players. Yet a look at the Premier League table has Leicester City in 3rd-place, Crystal Palace in 6th, and Sheffield United and Bournemouth in the top 10.
Sure, Liverpool and Manchester City are top of the table and likely to stay there throughout the season. Meanwhile, it's teams like Manchester United in 7th and Spurs in 11th dealing with talks of crisis and the need for change in November.
10 games into the 2019-20 season, it's still early. There's still plenty of time for teams to slide up and down the table. The elite can still take their places in the top four. Clubs like Leicester City and the rest of the new arrivals in the top ten can console themselves with mid-table obscurity. Good enough in this era.
That's the Premier League parity problem in broadest terms. The expectation is the cost of the squad eventually determines the table. For good reason, but it takes away from the sporting unpredictability of any competition. In a league with strict restraints on spending, even the richest clubs can only do so much. In the Premier League, there's very little stopping the elite.
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