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Fulham boss Jol: Premier League remains best in world

Fulham boss Martin Jol insists the Premier League remains the best in the world.

Despite the German domination of Europe's flagship competition this season, and the failure of any Premier League sides to reach the last four, Jol insisted the English top flight still sets the standard.

He said: "It is not only about German football. There are two very good clubs in Germany but if you look at England and compare with England, Chelsea are in the final of the Europa League, Arsenal beat Bayern in Munich in the Champions League and they are probably the only club that could do that.

"I can imagine Manchester United would have been in that Champions League final if they had been a bit more luck with that sending off (for Nani) against Real Madrid. It is about incidents and luck."

Jol added: "Don't forget these two clubs, Dortmund and Bayern, are two of the strongest in Europe, but I would not say the strongest.

"If you score seven against Barcelona you must be strong but we know if (Lionel) Messi is not there it is always a bit different.

"(When you compare the Premier League and Bundesliga) there is a bit of the difference in the academies because we tend to buy our top, top players here - clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City. Even at Manchester United how many English players are there? But that is a different kettle of fish. It is a different problem.

"But if you look at the strength of the leagues, I think we have four, maybe five clubs who can compete with anyone in Europe."

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