Inter coach Jose Mourinho has admitted Serie A has lost ground on the Premier League in recent years but is hopeful that Italian football will soon make up the lost ground.
Mourinho took over at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in the summer, 10 months after leaving Chelsea.
Speaking in a video released by Ford’s FeelFootball.com, he said: “At the moment there’s no doubt (the most powerful league in Europe) is the Premier League – but I will try to contribute for my new country, for my new league to become top.
“I think for a few years the Italian clubs were the destination of the best players in Europe and for different reasons things changed.
“Italian football lost players, lost quality. I am not saying they lost passion because the passion is in the Latin hearts, but they lost a little bit of trust.
“There was a bit of violence, Juventus went to the second division, other teams losing points and this kind of stuff – it was not good for their credibility.
“They lost ground to the Premier League, which was coming up and up and up with a great financial power.
“There was also a very positive influence from so many top players from other countries (in the Premier League), mixed with the passion of the English players, mixed with the passion and the tradition of English football. I think (that) was like a turning point.
“The Spanish league was always and will always be a very technical one more than a tactical one, with the beauty of the game always present and always with two giants of world football – Barcelona and Real Madrid – always in the top of the attention.
“So I think in this moment we have three top leagues – the English one, Calcio in Italia and La Liga in Spain. For different reasons, but especially because of the financial point of view, these are the three best leagues and overall this is where everyone wants to be. That’s the reality.”