Pub League Mik, Out by November !!!
According to your eyeball test it is worse quality, but that isn’t what most people see. The Premier league teams of that period were strong i never said the league was weak. But certainly since the rise of city and Chelsea the teams are stronger you would agree there I assume? Some claim the golden age was 90s. Saying take Milan and Barca out of the picture is worse than someone saying we are tied for first if you take City, Chelsea, and Lfc out of the picture. Bayern maybe not this year but in the last few years is at least as strong as those sides and PSG was a nobody on CL picture in 05-10 and now they are always in the business end of it. So if Barca, Milan, and Real have fallen off since 05-10 other sides that were not as big a factors have risen up like City and PSG.If not for some seriously quality Barcelona and Milan sides the English clubs would have been cleaning up in the Champions League from about 2005-2010. Who is their to even compete with now? Bayern at a push but they aren't the side they where a couple years ago either.
I'd certainly take the Chelsea and United sides from that era over anything on offer in Europe right now. For whatever reason the talent level in the top European leagues has seriously diminished in recent years.