English Premier League: Why EPL's Balance of Power Isn't Shifting

Dusan LucicCorrespondent IIJanuary 10, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates the winning goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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The English Premier League is without a doubt one of the best football leagues in the world, but it has been dominated by a few clubs who are simply a class above the rest for years now.

However, the saddest thing about it is that there have been literally no signs of progress in the last couple of seasons.

Last year, Manchester City pulled a minor surprise by winning the much-coveted Premier League trophy, but the balance of power has long stopped changing, and both Manchester clubs and Chelsea are simply too strong for the rest of the league.

One could point out at Chelsea's poor league placing last season, but, the truth is that the Blues were—and still are—in a transition period, and in spite of that fact, they managed to win perhaps the biggest trophy in world football, the Champions League.

After a couple of managerial changes at the club, the Blues are still in the running for the third place, despite Tottenham's fantastic run of form that has brought them on the brink of Chelsea's place.

What is more, it is highly unlikely that Tottenham will be able to challenge for that place until the very end, and it is only a matter of time before Chelsea put them back where they belong.

Meanwhile, Manchester City's failings in Europe haven't affected their league form and the reigning champions went on a 16-match unbeaten run at the start of the season, and are now perhaps the only team who can challenge Manchester United for the Premier League trophy.

It seems the Manchester Blues aren't backing down either.

Manchester United, on the other hand, have been head and shoulders above everyone else, including City and Chelsea, as they now have a seven-point advantage at the top of the table, having scored an incredible 54 goals in only 21 appearances.

This is a clear sign of the league's inability to challenge its top clubs.

Furthermore, since 2009, when Liverpool finished second in the league standings, there hasn't been a single team in the top two that was neither Chelsea nor one of the Manchester giants.

To find the last Premier League champions who are not members of 'the Big Three,' you have to go back even further—to 2004 and Arsenal's invincible season.

The league simply cannot challenge the "Big Three."

Nevertheless, this poses a daunting question: How can the rest of the league catch up with the "Big Three?"

As admirable as Tottenham's return to power might be, so little progress has been made in the last couple of seasons, and with the FIFA Financial Fair Play taking its place, it may now be too late to break down the triopoly of Chelsea, City and United.

What do you think? Is it too late or can their dominance still be stopped in time to save the league?