Friday, February 28, 2014

Wenger maintains Premier League is “the best”

Wenger maintains Premier League is “the best” Arsene Wenger believes that the Premier League is still the best in the world, despite its’ clubs European struggles of late. Of the four sides in the Championship League Round of 16 clashes only Chelsea avoided a 2-0 defeat, drawing 1-1 at Galatasaray, with Manchesters United and City as well as Arsenal all losing. Swansea City also went down by a two-goal margin at Napoli in the Europa League while Tottenham Hotspur managed to beat Dnipro courtesy of two late goals. But Wenger still maintains that the overall standard and depth of the Premier League makes it the best in the world. “I maintain it is the best, despite the results,” he said. “It is the most levelled league. There is not the difference if you take the difference of quality, for example, between Bayern Munich and the rest of the German league. You have Bayern, Dortmund, then there is a big gap. “In the Premier League you can go to Cardiff, anybody, and lose. Spain was a good league as well. But this season the English league is the most difficult. Maybe as well we pay a little bit the price for that. “Of course, when we play against Bayern you cannot say it is a comparison of the two leagues – it is a comparison of the teams, and they are one of the top ones in Europe.” The Frenchman believes that the intensity required to compete in the Premier League on a weekly basis leaves English clubs at a disadvantage when they then have to play in Europe. “We pay the price because of the toughness, the intensity maybe. In every game you just have to focus on getting the best team out,” he said. “It is because of the competitiveness. If you speak to Manuel Pellegrini and Mesut Ozil they will tell you the same. “But if you look in the last 10 years, the English clubs in the Champions League have done extremely well. If you play against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern you can lose.”
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