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Successful English Clubs Not Very English, says Ranieri

  • Reuters, Monday, April 20, 2009 2:45 PM
The success enjoyed by Premier League clubs in Europe has more to do with imported skill and cash than English superiority, Juventus coach and former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri said on Friday. "There are very few English people in the English teams, what with the (foreign) owners, coaches and players," he said.

While no Serie A club reached the quarterfinals of this season's Champions League, England has three teams in the semifinals for the third consecutive year after Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal progressed to the last four last week.

Ranieri, whose team was knocked out by his former team Chelsea in the last 16, suggested spending power is the main difference: "We talk about English soccer but we are talking about the soccer of economics. Many (clubs) invest, one of them wins the championship and another wins the Champions League, but that does not mean the others have invested badly."

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