Bale reveals why English teams are underperforming in the Champions League
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has hinted that the reason for the poor performances of teams from the Premier League has to do with the lack of a winter break and the amount of concentration required to win EPL games even against bottom teams.
The Welsh winger who has won two Champions League titles since leaving Tottenham Hotspurs for Real Madrid in 2013 and his side will continue their title defence in Italy when they take on Napoli carrying a 3-1 advantage.
“I think I know why – but you can’t change it. It’s the league itself. In every Premier League game you have to be at 100 per cent for 90 minutes or you lose,” said Bale, as quoted by the Sun.
“Spanish teams definitely know they have this edge over English teams. I think every country does. Spain, Italy, Germany – they all have a winter break.
“Also in Spain, you can be up at half-time against the bottom club and you can take your foot off the gas. You can take people off.
“If you try for only 45 minutes you won’t win a match in the Premier League. Obviously, we still play but it’s not at the same 110 per cent intensity.
“And the winter break is massive. In England you’ll play four or five games and we don’t play any. You don’t get many rest days and it really does burn you out for a long time.”
Of the English teams heading into the second leg only Manchester City who beat Monaco 5-3 have the upper hand. Arsenal are all but out after a 5-1 defeat while Leicester have a slight chance when they welcome Sevilla to the King Power stadium after a 2-1 loss in Seville.