Cech convinced English clubs are dominating Europe because of cut-throat Premier League

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PETR CECH is convinced English clubs are dominating in Europe again because the Premier League’s so cut-throat.

The keeper, 36, helped Arsenal to become the sixth top-flight team to book their place in yesterday’s quarter-final draws with a 3-0 win against Rennes on Thursday evening.

Cech reckons the cut-throat Prem has helped English teams thrive in Europe
Cech reckons the cut-throat Prem has helped English teams thrive in Europe
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And even though the Gunners now face a daunting Europa League clash with Napoli, Cech remains confident he can finish his distinguished career with a trophy.

He has already announced his retirement at the end of this season and hopes his last game will come against ex-club Chelsea in the Europa final in Azerbaijan on May 29.

Cech still remembers the last time England had four teams in the Champions League quarter-finals ten years ago.

But even he has never experienced all of the Premier League’s big six surviving so long in Euro competition.

Arsenal beat Rennes on Thursday to reach the Europa League quarters
Arsenal beat Rennes on Thursday to reach the Europa League quarters
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He said: “For me, the Premier League is the best in the world.

“If you see the quality of football every three or four days in England, it’s getting more and more competitive.

“If you look at the case of a team like Paris Saint-Germain, their problem is that they don’t have enough big games during the year.

“So when they come to the moments in the Champions League when they are under pressure, they’re not used to it.


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“Being so dominant in their domestic league probably costs them in Europe. But in England that doesn’t happen because of the competitive nature of the Premier League.

“Just to get into the top four here is a real challenge.”

Cech has already won 14 major trophies during his 15 years in England with Chelsea and Arsenal, including the 2012 Champions and the 2013 Europa Leagues.

Now he wants to sign off in style and added: “The dream is still alive and I would love to finish my career with one more trophy.

“I am doing everything to make it happen and if we were to play against Chelsea in the final that would be a special game.

“I have already gone back to Rennes in this campaign and whoever comes our way, we will have to find a way to beat them.”

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