getting 2nd in the best football league, 2nd in the cup and making it to the semi-finals in the most competitive football competition is "disastrous" ?
no, these expectations are disastrous
Best football league is an English Premier League. Most certainly not spanish league
EPL is exciting but not the best.
English teams when they play on European tournaments they struggle. Rare exceptions were mid 2000's.
Their tatics are suicidal against latin and german teams. I hate the way they defend but that's what makes EPL so exciting because the defense is almost forgotten.
When Mourinho went over there you guys didn't like his style. But he dominated the league with his defensive tatics.
Benfica balled Chelsea like no one in England has done yet this season. If Chelsea had played Porto they would've been humiliated.
Nobody in England really cares about the Europa League. I forgot the final was even on TV.
it's better to focus on finishing higher in the league. Whereas Portugese teams seem obsessed with that competition.
It's a competition that a lot of good teams measure their power on. Because English teams cannot compete, now you diminish the importance of the tournament. England is all about Man U and Liverpool in exceptional form to win anything outside the kick and rush championship. Besides them there is an English desert in European panorama.
The Europa league IS irrelevant. It's a tournament for clubs from smaller countries.
Focussing on a higher league position will earn you a lot more prize money than winning the Europa League. It's all about TV money.
But if you want to call the Europa League a big achievement then go ahead.
Smaller clubs need exposition and they work hard to value the roster they have for a big transfer.
From 3 place in EPL down are all EL caliber anyway.
Europa League is a good alternative to CL and offers a lot of extraordinaire matches.
The prize money for the EL is so small compared to EPL TV money that it's better for teams to focus their resources on a higher league position.
Sure Porto can win their uncompetitive league every year and focus on the EL. But it's beneath most English teams.
Porto at 100% is a force to be reckoned.
EPL are hyped as much as the English team and they always die like storm when it hits the land.
Porto in the last 10 years have won 1 CL, 1 Uefa Cup, 1 EL, 1 Europe Supercup, 1 World Champ.
The only team that could beat Porto in EPL is MU. The rest are just bunch of useless sunday afternoon cross country racers.
M. City was so lucky last year.