If the radio 5 live assessment is anything to go by, both Manchester teams and Arsenal were an embarrassment to English football, and Chelsea had an easy opponent.
Here's how I see it. The premier league - supposedly the best and most exciting in the world has become a victim of it's own success.
Money drives the league, and the bigger clubs resolve issues by throwing more and more money at problems - buying out manager's contracts early to replace someone who's only been in charge for a short period of time. Paying extortionate amounts for the world's superstars.
Teams lack cohesion, and systems that can only be built up over years of tweaking and perfecting and this becomes apparent when you see them up against the best of Europe (Spanish, German and Italian clubs) who take a relatively much higher percentage of players from their domestic leagues.
Those teams focus on systems and performance to solve their problems, not just throwing money at it.
We see this every couple of years when our national team fails to outshine the 'weaker' teams in Europe and continually loses to our rivals.
Look at the sports we've excelled at in recent years, such as Rugby and Cycling.
Clive Woodward's holistic approach to the way he and his team coached the 2003 Rugby World Cup winners was built on systems and left no stone unturned to ensure the best possible outcome. Finishing with a Jonny Wilkinson drop goal, was no fluke - this was practiced, tried and tested.
Dave Brailsford's vision for British cycling was a thing of beauty and it lead Team GB to a huge haul of medals at World Champs, and Olympic Games. It also lead Team Sky to the huge achievement of the first ever Tour de France winner (Bradley Wiggins) and then back to back wins for Chris Froome (2013 and 2015 - he crashed out early in 2014, but would have challenged the winner for sure).
This is like Papua New Guinea not only sending a rocket into space, but setting up a base on Mars!
So what's my point...
Money doesn't solve issues. It can put you in a better place to resolve them, but ultimately having well planned out systems will solve your problems.
That's what we do with our clients. Systems for training, systems for nutrition, systems for changing the way you think. Systems that inspire and create long term changes.
Someone approached me recently and said they she was so sick of the way she looked that she was considering surgery (throwing money at the issue). Fortunately she got to me in time and we are going to work on putting systems in place to ensure she gets the changes she's after.
Hard work, but probably less cost in the long run. You're not afraid of hard work are you?