By Matt Fortune

Last season’s domination of the Champions League by English clubs may not be repeated this time around, according to Arsène Wenger.

Last term the Premier League’s ‘big four’ reached the Quarter-Finals of the competition for the first time with Manchester United and Chelsea going on to play for the trophy in Moscow.

The Frenchman believes that while there is the likelihood of success from England, the gap has narrowed markedly.

"[The dominance of English teams will be] less than last year because Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan - not this year but in other years - and Inter will not just sit and watch the Champions League,” said Wenger. “They have the resources [to compete].”

“I was at the Ajax tournament and Inter had 18 players out on the bench. They needed another bench for the players who were not involved.

"When I looked at the 10 names who were not involved, they were 10 real names, and Patrick Vieira wasn’t even on it.

“So these teams have the resources to compete as well."

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15 Aug 2008