Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci has given his thoughts on the main difference between Italian and English football that he’s had to adjust to.
The Whites star has been a regular in the Leeds back four this season, as he’s slowly settled into life in the Championship after moving from Catania over the summer.
He’s faced different challenges to what he experienced in Italy and has suggested that Championship is more physical than what he’s previously endured in his career.
“I’m getting better with my English, the coach leads training in English – There is more aggression, more physical contact in England. In Italy however, it is very tactical,” he told TM.
Bellusci’s position in the heart of the Leeds defence means he’s been forced to adapt to a greater physical game quickly.
Leeds have suffered an inconsistent start to the season but he’s been a key player having been forced to experience life under three different managers so far.
Leeds are still searching for their first win under Darko Milanic as they head into the Championship clash at Rotherham United tomorrow night.
If Bellusci can present a strong front at the back of the team then a clean sheet is possible, which would mean three points allowing Leeds to move into the top half of the table and closer to the play-off places.
New players, especially defenders, coming into a team can sometimes be targeted by the opposition as a weakness.
Players who aren’t use to English football can become intimidated quickly, as sides brush them off the ball and look to bully them and that can jeopardise the integrity of a defensive backline.
The physical aspect of the English game is one of many things that Bellusci has had to adapt to but he’s settling in well and hopefully the consistency of the team will improve if Massimo Cellino gives Milanic time and freedom to brand his style and philosophy onto the club.