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´Demanding´ Premier League hurts clubs in Europe – Wenger

SoccerNews in English Premier League 29 Sep 2015

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the Premier League’s intensity hurts English clubs’ chances in Europe.

Wenger’s side host Olympiacos in the Champions League on Tuesday looking to get their Group F campaign going after a shock loss to Dinamo Zagreb in their opener.

The Frenchman, whose team beat Leicester City 5-2 on Saturday, said the frantic nature of the league made it hard for English clubs.

“These teams dominate their leagues,” Wenger said.

“Olympiacos won comfortably on Saturday, they were safe after 20 minutes, when we were in a high-intensity game at Leicester.

“Mentally you cannot ease off before a Champions League game, as some others can.

“For example Dinamo Zagreb played on Saturday and they took three players off at half-time. I cannot do that at Leicester.

“For sure the Premier League is demanding and consuming energy wise – mentally more than physically.”

A player Wenger may welcome back into his starting XI is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who impressed in the League Cup against Tottenham before coming off the bench at the King Power Stadium.

Wenger said the 22-year-old England international needed to be more positive.

“I see him train every day, he is dedicated, focused, hungry,” he said.

“His dad said he lacks a bit of self-belief and I can confirm that because he is very critical of himself, but that is positive and a sign of top-level sportsmen.

“You have to, of course, find the right balance, [being] not happy with what you do without harming the confidence.

“He is maybe not happy enough with his performance after the games and sees only what he has not done well, not enough what he has done well.”

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