Our midfielder acknowledges that good fitness is a priority in the Premiership but that it shouldn’t be the be all and end all.
“Of course it’s a priority, but I think it’s more important to make the ball do the work,” he said. “You don’t need to run all over the pitch – it’s much better to pass the ball well from one point to another. It can move faster than you can, so you should keep football simple and pass the ball as much as possible. In England, sometimes people think you aren’t very good if you don’t run around a lot. But I think that’s one of the reasons why England don’t do very well at the World Cup finals – they run about too much!”
This might explain why Berbatov, who is currently the Premier League’s top scorer with 17 goals in 19 games, still doesn’t get the recognition from the fans that Carlos Tevez did after scoring 5 goals in 31 goals during his last season.
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