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Old 28-06-2010, 20:52   #546
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Originally Posted by Christian View Post
Regardless I think the problem is pretty obvious. There are currently less domestic players in the EPL than in any other league. Furthermore Arsenal, Man U and every other EPL club are filling their youth academies up with non-English players pushing out English players, since the clubs, unlike Italian clubs, are allowed to sign players under 18. The talent pool is just to small for a country that want to win competitions. This is reflected in the fact that the starting 11 might be decent enough, but there's really not that much beyond that. It's not like Capello let players in the mold of Cassano or Balotelli stay him like Lippi did.
2 reasons for that.

1. EPL teams aren't allowed to scout kids who live further than 90 minutes away. A lot of the players that are within 90 minutes of United are going to City because they are offering the families holidays, money and other tactics.

2. Kids are only allowed to train for something like an hour a day when they're under 15, which isn't nearly enough.
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