Garcia cites English failings
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luis Garcia feels an obsession with 'contact' can lead to English teams' downfall in Europe.
Luis Garcia feels an obsession with 'contact' can lead to English teams' downfall in European competition.
The Spaniard is a UEFA Champions League winner, having been part of the Liverpool side which beat Milan on penalties in the 2005 final.
But Garcia, who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, believes there is a reason why there is not sustained continental success.
Citing the fact he finds it easier to play for Liverpool in Europe, he admits the physical nature of Premiership football impacts on clubs' efforts abroad.
"The problem is that a mistake in a pass, or losing the ball in a dribble, instantly creates a dangerous counter attack, so I have had to adapt and make my football simpler," Garcia told Champions Magazine.
"In Europe, you have more time to use the ball, to turn round.
"In England, they are on top of you as soon as you get the ball.
"That pressure, that obsession for contact, makes life difficult for a player like me.
"But when English teams go abroad it is their downfall because they do the same there and leave too much space that European players know how to use."