Leeds United forward Mirco Antenucci explains the difference he has noticed between Italian and English football.
Leeds United forward Mirco Antenucci has spoken to Fox Sports about the difference he has noticed between Italian and English football.
Antenucci joined Championship outfit Leeds from Italian club Ternana in the summer of 2014 and has established himself as an important member of the team.
The 30-year-old has been in and out of the team this season and is not guaranteed a first-team spot, but he has still scored 10 goals and created 21 chances in 32 Championship appearances so far this campaign.
Antenucci has now admitted that it has not always been smooth sailing for him, and has underlined a major difference he has noticed in England since leaving Italy.
“It was not easy at first to settle in, but thanks to all the other Italian players in Leeds I'm fine now,” he told Fox Sports. “Here football is less tactical and more intense.
"The one thing that I miss is working on the more theoretical aspects of the game, but at the same time, we do only one training session per day - in the morning - so it is not bad.”
Antenucci’s observation about the Championship being less tactical and more intense is something that has been made before.
Italian football is ‘slow’, but there is a certain method to it, while English football can be a bit gung-ho with discipline often taking a back seat.
Players coming from other leagues often take some time to adapt to the Championship (and the Premier League), and it seems that after a transition period, Antenucci has now adapted to the way the game is played in the second tier of English football.