Hector: English football more physical

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On-loan Eintracht Frankfurt defender Michael Hector has highlighted the differences between playing in England and Germany’s top flight.

The 24-year-old joined Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan from Chelsea in the off-season, and has featured eight times in the German top flight thus far.

After ten different loan spells in England’s non-league, League Two and League One, before breaking into Championship side Reading’s first team, the Jamaica international knows all about English football.

He was a surprise signing for Chelsea on deadline day prior to the 2015/16 season, but at 1.93m tall, the imposing centre-back is ready to make a name for himself outside England.

“The further down in the standings, the clubs play harder!” he told Bild. “It is physical. You don’t just need six foot four players in the Premier League, but a lot of fighters.

“You have to change your style of play in Germany because the players go down more easily here. You have to control your tackle as much as possible so that no body contact occurs.

“Even if you play the ball, you do not know if the referee will still whistle because you touched the opponent. If you play the ball first in England, nobody complains about body contact. It goes on. The game in the Bundesliga is definitely more emotional.

“What I think is missing in comparison to the Premier League is the feeling to let a game run a bit more. The referees whistle a lot. I think the Premier League has so many spectators around the world because there are fewer interruptions and the game simply stays in the flow.

“In England, you can talk with the referee, make a joke, and he laughs. Here you are usually sent away. The referee is always at a distance.”

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