The teams that compete in the Europa League are the ones who are generally the median of their respective Leagues. Usually in all the Leagues you can predict who will be challenging for the title and those who will be fighting for survival. The rest have a chance of getting into the Europa League.
The past few seasons have shown that English teams are not as good as we in this country think they are.
Teams abroad are more technical, individually they are better technically too but we just dismiss them because of our ignorance.
Look how many people dismissed Monaco for example against Arsenal, I know it is not the Europa League but I am just highlighting the fact of how quickly everyone saw all the other teams in the Champions League and automatically assumed Arsenal had an easy draw.
Hardly anyone could have named more than a couple of players in the Monaco side, hardly seen them play this season but just because we have more knowledge on Arsenal does not mean Monaco are weak.
I watch Italian football and I even admit I do find it hard to watch sometimes because it can be ponderous on occasions but if you analyse it, the ball retention is high.
Look how many Italian teams through to the next round of the Europa Cup!