Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri has hailed English football standards after his side set a UEFA Europa final clash with fellow London rivals Arsenal.
The Blues beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 on penalties in the second leg of the semifinal clash played at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Eden Hazard netted the decisive spot-kick after Kepa Arrizabalaga had made two saves to deny the visiting team in a penalty shootout.
“At this moment, the Premier League is the best championship in Europe and, as a consequence, in the world,” said the Italian coach after the victory.
“But it’s not easy for an English team to arrive in the last month in a very good condition, physically, because here we play more than in the other countries.
“We played the match No 61 today (Thursday). In Italy, you can play 51 or 52 matches, but those 10 matches is a big difference – [the equivalent of] two and a half months without training.”
Sarri’s statement follows after two other English sides – Liverpool and Tottenham – reached the UEFA Champions League final this week. This is the first time a single nation has completed a clean sweep of participation in Europe’s two major club competitions.