Delima Posted April 19, 2007 Share Posted April 19, 2007 Times Online 1. Wonder if Newcastle United are considered a club up north? Can't recall we could do such quality defending. Scott Parker does this but he is slated by everyone for doing this. 2. Honestly though, England is far far far from being a rainy country. WHen is the last time Newcastle rain??? 3. That's why England always produce quality centre backs. Homesick Baptista blames it on the weather Gary Jacob It probably sums up Júlio Baptista that he has looked best against second-string players in the Carling Cup, and the chances of Arsenal wanting to sign him permanently appear to have receded after his criticism of life in England. The Brazil midfield player has complained about the weather and the style of football in the Barclays Premiership, echoing the comments of José Antonio Reyes, who was part of a loan deal with Real Madrid involving Baptista last summer. Baptista criticised the pace of the game, which he claims does not allow him to express his skills. “The teams from the north of England are terrible,” he said. “When we play them I have counted their centre backs booting up to 30 long balls upfield per game. The weather over here is killing me. We’ll get one day of sunshine for every 30 days of rain, and it is driving me to despair. “My girlfriend and my mother are frightened about not seeing the sun in England. They miss being in Madrid. Premiership football is very hard. I am Brazilian and I enjoy playing the ball, making clever touches and taking bicycle kicks. Arsãne Wenger does not forbid me from doing them, but the game is so fast I don’t even have time to think about them. “The moment you stop to think, someone has taken the ball off you and knocked you to the ground. Over here they value a corner kick more than a fancy flick. I am lucky to be with Arsenal, as they are a team that likes to play proper football.” Baptista has started only eight Premiership matches for Arsenal this season, often appearing clumsy and careless. He has three years left on his contract at Real. “I could stay at Arsenal, but right now I can’t see myself anywhere for definite,” he said. “But it’s clear in my mind that I would tackle my second chance with Real with far more strength and maturity than I did in my first spell.” Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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