Its hard to compare the leagues really since spain is pretty much like the scottish league and england is pretty much a 6 team league. the closeness of Serie is more due to a current lack of outstanding club(s) which the league was previously used to . the weaker teams in italy are'nt too far off the average ones and the better ones are'nt much better than the average ones. its just an opinion but the gap in quality between, for example, tottenham and norwich is far more noticeably wider than the gap between lazio and roma or lazio and parma. yet all four have similar league positions in their respective league. that's not saying Italy is a bad league as it makes it interesting for sure and also it doesnt mean the better teams can't cut it. Napoli have already proven so by disposing of Man City in the champions league. But the league lacks a shining light to rise above the rest, most of the teams are fairly even. its the same in germany at the moment but the difference i think is that German y just about has the edge in terms of the players they are producing. that said, german teams have'nt been that inspring in europe this year so maybe italy will claw back its 3rd best league status if Napoli can see off Chelsea. I think italy has the most clubs represented in the champions league now, correct me if i'm wrong, so its far from being the bad league that many pundits have been crowing on about the past year or so.