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Foreign managers have helped the English game – Zola

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Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola believes foreign managers have made a positive impact in the English top-flight.

The competitive nature of the League has led to the complete dominance of English clubs in Europe.

Liverpool and Spurs secured a place in the Champions League final, while Arsenal and Chelsea will battle it out in the finals of the Europa League.

Meaning English teams will sweep the honours in Europe including next season’s UEFA Super Cup – which is historical in European football history.

However, Zola believes credit should be given to the foreign gaffers for their ideas and tactics in making the Premier League top notch.

“It’s confirmation that right now the Premier League is at a high level,” Zola told Sky Sport Italia.

“It also rewards the courage, determination and confidence of two sides who never stopped believing, despite very difficult results to come back from.”

Zola was asked if the fact all these clubs have foreign tacticians – Sarri, Unai Emery, Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and likely Premier League winner Pep Guardiola – points to a crucial development in the English game?

“Absolutely, the Coaches are important, as they are of the top level not just in Europe, but in the world.

“They certainly brought new ideas, new ways of playing, which united with the aggression, tempo and determination of English football, combined to create something very effective.”

Chelsea confirmed their place in the finals alongside Arsenal via penalties.