Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has backed foreign investment in the Premier League and believes clubs like his are driving up standards in English football.
Eriksson was handed the managerial reins following Thaksin Shinawatra's takeover at Eastlands during the summer.
The former Thai prime minister has already handed the Swede more than £30million to invest in new players and Eriksson believes the effect of foreign ownership is making the Premier League more competitive.
"Suddenly we have rich men from different parts of the world coming to buy clubs and of course that makes the money big in football," he told the club's official website.
"If the money is bigger then the football will be better.
"Who's going to win the league this season? It's going to be Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal, maybe Liverpool can win it this year.
"Teams like, I hope, ourselves, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Newcastle are better than they were before.
"It's tighter this season and I think it's good for the league. It means it's getting better and better.
"Some years ago teams won the league only losing one, maybe two games, but I think this season no-one will go through losing just once. It's much tougher."