Italy boss hails superior Premier League

Having been linked with the Chelsea job in recent times, the Azzurri tactician has tagged the English top flight as Europe’s best league

Antonio Conte Italy

After admitting that Serie A has fallen behind their European peers, Italy coach Antonio Conte has offered plenty of compliments to the quality of play in the Premier League.

The former Juventus tactician has been touted as a strong candidate to take over the Chelsea bench next year, and believes that the league’s riches offer plenty of appeal for modern football.

“I think the best football matches are currently being played in England,” Conte revealed in an interview with FIFA magazine. “Then there’s Spain and Germany, but Serie A comes after.

Antonio Conte Italy

“The Italian league is in fourth place and there’s no way out. It’s not an issue of being sad or not, it’s simply the truth.”

In remembrance of the peninsula’s glory days as one of the best leagues on the continent, the coach pointed to the lack of investment as being the cause for the diminishing quality of play in Italy.

“Before it was different,” Conte admitted, “it [Serie A] was one of the most beautiful championships of the world.

Antonio Conte Italy

“Everyone wanted to play in Italy. But today the club owners are not willing to invest so much in their teams. There is simply a lack of money. But I’m still optimistic for the future, we’re on the road back to the top.”

Conte also argued that the ambitious investment in youth football will soon reap some rewards for Italy, much like it did for current world champions Germany.

“This is an exciting time that is comparable to 15 years ago when German football began to establish training centers in each region, and we all know how that project turned out,” he concluded.

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