Vidic hails Prem strength

19 March 2009 04:03
Nemanja Vidic believes English dominance in Europe proves the Premier League is the continent's best.

The Manchester United defender feels the progression of four teams through to the quarter-finals of this season's UEFA Champions League goes to show how strong football in England has become.

With Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all joining the Red Devils in the last eight, there is every chance of Europe's premier club competition hosting an all-English final for the second successive season.

Even if only one side makes it all the way to Rome on 27th May, that would still see the Premier League represented on the grandest stage for the fifth year in a row.

Vidic is no doubt that these recent successes make the English top flight the place to be right now, and sees no reason why United and co. cannot continue to set the standard in 2009.

"The English league is the best," said the Serbia international.

"The Premier League is stronger than anyone else in Europe now.

"Once again there are four teams in the quarter-finals. That has to be good for English football.

"It is good for the players to be involved in the English game."

OddsThe draw for the quarter-finals of this season's competition is set to be held on Friday, and can be seen live on Sky Sports News, with Barcelona, Villarreal, Porto and Bayern Munich joining the English quartet in the pot.

Vidic insists United will not be looking to shirk any challenge, but accepts there is a good chance Sir Alex Ferguson's men could be paired with familiar foes.

"There is a chance we could play another English team," he said.

"It is three from seven, so the odds are quite good.

"Whoever we play will be difficult because they are all top teams now.

"We know that any team we play, we will need to give our best."

Source: SKY_Sports