THE latest report by CIES Football Observatory reveals there has been a general decline in competitive balance across Europe. The UEFA Champions League has seen 29.5% of its games involve a three-goal or more margin and an average goal difference of 1.87 – both these figures are significantly higher than in 2016-17. In terms of three-goal margins, the Champions League is up by 8.5 percentage points, while the goal gap is up from 1.55 to 1.87. The UEFA Europa League looks to be more competitive, with only 16.1% of games settled by a margin of three or more goals, and the goal margin 1.37, representing a 2.6 percentage point rise and a marginal increase in goal gap. Among the big five leagues, England has…