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Published on Sep 06, 2012
 

Coaches support 'improving' Europa League

 
 

NYON, Switzerland (REUTERS) - Europe's top club coaches gave their support on Thursday to the much-maligned Europa League.

"I believe the new Europa League is improving from year to year and you have to give it time," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told reporters after an annual forum at Uefa headquarters featuring coaches from the biggest clubs.

"You could see last year...you had Atletico Madrid in the final and you saw their standard in the Supercup," he said, referring to the Spanish side's 4-1 win over Champions League winners Chelsea last Friday. "We had three European competitions in the past and.this is very interesting to have."

"The Europa League was one that everyone thought was worthwhile, had a place, and was improving and we need to give the competition time to be built up," added Uefa's technical director Andy Roxburgh.