Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed how he thinks the quality of the English League has really dropped down as compared to the other Top Football Leagues in Europe.
In the book ‘Class of 92: Out of our League – Our Journey Back to the Heart of the Game,’ written by Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville, and Gary Neville, Scholesy has had his say about the deteriorating quality of football in England.
He wrote: “I don’t find elite football as interesting to watch any more, especially in England. You hear about people saying English football’s the best football there is around. I think Spain’s by far the best league. Germany has better teams.
“In Italy probably the strength in depth isn’t great. They talk about Italy being a bad league but I don’t think English people look at it. They say it’s boring. No chance. The Juventus team would beat any team in this league. They came up to Manchester City and beat them easy. But we have this interpretation of the Italian league that it’s rubbish. They only try to defend. No chance.
“The Spanish league’s the best by far if you’re judging on the European competitions. In the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the Europa League in 2015–16, they had six of the 16 teams. Nearly half of them. The Premier League had just two.”
He further revealed the names of the three players in the Premier League which he thinks are the best in the world. And ironically, they all play for his beloved team’s fiercest rivals – Manchester City.
“There needs to be a real step up in quality in England,” he added. “Other than Sergio Agüero, Kevin De Bruyne, and David Silva, we don’t have the best players. All the best players are in other countries.
“The best players are in Spain or at Bayern Munich and Juventus. We’re linked with big players – Gareth Bale is a top player – but we don’t get them now. Not any more. You never see a Lionel Messi coming over here, you never see a Neymar in the Premier League.”
However, top managers like Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte, and world class players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have arrived in the Premier League since Scholes expressed these opinions in the book. Such high-profile arrivals must certainly have elevated the English League’s quality in the Englishman’s mind.