Sidney wrote:Whilst up doing the night feed over the weekend I started thinking, as you do.
None of the Premier league stars have shone in ths World cup, the obvious Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard aside, you can also chuck in Torres, Drogba, Evera, Malooda (or however you spell it) and countless others. It got me thinking is this just a coincidence
Germans - No premier league players
Uruaguay - No premier league players
Spain - The afore mentioned Torres, who's been poor and Fabregas who's barely played all season
Holland - Slight exception to the rule with Kuyt and Heitinger, but I wouldn't call them stars
I guess what I'm saying is.
Is the Premier league not as good as we think it is (like the National side)
Or is it the fact that it is the best league in the World and therefore more intense and draining on the players
Lord Zola wrote:The Champions League results over the last 4 to 5 years would show you that Premier League Clubs are among the best there is. There have been poor players from Seria A, The Bundersliga and La Liga as well as just the Premiership.
I think ones of the problems with England is that many of the players are more committed to their clubs than their country. For a Brazilian, German, Argentinian, Ghanian etc etc, the importance of playing for their country is greater than winning things for their clubs. I don't think this is the case with English players, and club rivallry upsets the team dynamic at international level.
Do you honestly think someone like Carlos Tevez would have played for City again this season after suffering the injury Rooney did for Man Utd against Munich?? With the World Cup coming up, he would have not played for City again this season, ensuring he was right for the World Cup. Rooney rushed himself back to early and as a result sustained other injuries and went into the World Cup not 100% fit. Not picking on Rooney, just that's what English players are like.