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England's Champions League golden era will be over: Capello

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London, Apr 15(ANI): England manager Fabio Capello has said that Brit football clubs' golden era of dominance in the European Champions League will be over for good unless they start reinvesting in their squads.

Capello's comments came after Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League, which means that England will have no representatives in Europe's premier competition for the first time since 2003.

He claimed the Premier League's top teams have been badly affected by the financial crisis, and added there was a direct correlation between spending and success in the Champions League.

"Compared to the previous season, all the clubs have sold important players, some went overseas, others moved to new clubs, some went to Manchester City and those clubs got obviously weaker," The Daily Express quoted Capello, as saying.

"In my experience, if a club is at the top, it should buy every year one or two high-level players to remain at the top, given that the opposition is getting stronger."

"The clubs which spent most in the summer are now semi-finalists. Barcelona, Inter Milan and Bayern only spent less than Real Madrid and Manchester City. No surprises there. Investment is paramount, but it has to be right. You have to bring in players who adapt and blend into the team quickly and successfully," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 13:37 [IST]
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