Saturday, March 02, 2013


Double figures: Cazorla has scored 11 Premier League goals since his arrival in the summer

Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla has declared that the excessive emphasis on tactics in the Spanish La Liga makes it very boring unlike the English Premier League is less tactical, but more fun to watch and play.

The Spaniard, who as a child Back home on the streets of Lugo de Llanera in Spain, watched and shaped his football skills as that of his hero, former Barcelona great and present Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, insisted that there’s too much technique in Spain and they are held back by it. 

According to Cazorla, It makes matches more boring and said there’s a  better pace in England. 

Compared to Spain, the football here is less tactical, but more fun to watch and play. There’s too much technique in Spain and they are held back by it. This makes the match more boring. There’s a  better pace in England.  

‘There’s also more space, especially for footballers like me, and more time to think. Teams always want to attack and score goals in England. In Spain they are locked down by tactics. And the atmosphere here is just amazing.’

It will certainly be hot on Sunday when Arsenal make the short trip to Tottenham for a derby which could define the season for both clubs. Win and Arsenal go within a point of their neighbours. Lose and they slip seven points behind.

‘This is a very important match for us with regard to the Champions League,’ said Cazorla, a 4-1 winner on his only other trip to White Hart Lane for a pre-season friendly with Villarreal. ‘If we lose it would be a difference of seven points, too big a gap.

‘It’s true we’ve been inconsistent. We didn’t make it through in the Capital One Cup or the FA Cup but our aim is to be in the Champions League and hopefully we’ll improve through the rest of the season. A win at Tottenham would invigorate the whole team. 

We’re two points away from Chelsea but if we win this we will be one away from Tottenham.’


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