Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes the lack of a winter break in England leaves players exhausted at the end of the campaign.
Van Gaal insisted the break has contributed to England’s lack of success in recent years.
The majority of Europe’s top leagues, including La Liga and the Bundesliga, have a winter break over the festive period but the Premier League has so far bucked the trend.
Instead, the period around Christmas is generally the busiest time of the season for Premier League clubs. Van Gaal feels this is hampering the national team’s chances.
“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.
“It is not good for the clubs or the national team. England haven’t won anything for how many years? Because all the players are exhausted at the end of the season.”
Van Gaal is not the first foreign manager to complain about the winter break in England and it is clear that it affects the players come the end of the season. Although it is good to see a lot of football over the festive period, perhaps the Premier League should explore the possibility in order to give England the best possible chance of success.