Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to disagree his Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal regarding the fixture during the festive period in December.
Most leagues in Europe decide to take a break during Christmas and New Year’s, while Bundesliga enjoys a winter break during that time. However, the Premier League will have one of the busiest fixtures as they play matches in quick successions.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager suggested the fixtures during the winter as “evil.” The Dutchman believes the busy schedule is hampering English club’s progress in the European competition.
“There is no winter break and I think that is the most evil thing of this culture. It is not good for English football,” Van Gaal said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“It is harder these days. The Premier League is the most difficult league to win because of the high level of the teams. You cannot beat any team easily.
“Every team is a challenge. It is a rat race and then you have to play also in the Champions League. It is not so easy and that is why English teams over the last few years have not won the Champions League because of the difference in the leagues.”
However, the Gunners manager has a difference of opinion regarding the festive fixtures. Wenger claims he would cry if there was no Christmas football in the Premier League.
“I have a lot of respect for Louis van Gaal but I don’t agree with him on that. Maybe it’s because I’ve been in England for such a long time,” Wenger explained, as reported by The Guardian.
“I had his ideas when I arrived here but today I would cry if you changed that because it’s part of English tradition and English football.
“To suppress the game on Boxing Day, the whole of Europe comes to England to watch the game. It’s a very important part of us being popular in the world, that nobody works at Christmas and everybody watches the Premier League.”
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