ZOLA: "Remember that football is the ‘Beautiful Game"

Gianfranco Zola, fresh from appearing in the Chelsea Legends side that beat Spurs 4-0 in the local tournament at Craven Cottage the other w...

Gianfranco Zola, fresh from appearing in the Chelsea Legends side that beat Spurs 4-0 in the local tournament at Craven Cottage the other week, has spoken of how football has changed since he finished playing.

Zola was asked about the game how much it has changed and said:
"There's no doubt that the pace is higher now, even in the last few years. These modern players are top class athletes, and their constant physical conditioning allows them to complete in the Premier League, which is such a fast form of football.

Although the level of competition may be getting higher and higher, there are sacrifices made, and I sometimes think that the commercialisation of the sport, and the amount of money in it means that some of the beauty of the old game is lost.

"It's important to remember that football is the ‘Beautiful Game', we must all treat it as such."
I think Franco' makes an important couple of points. There is so much money in football these days compared to before the Premier League started. Of course with all the money in the English game, players want to come here because of the brand of football we have here. It is the best league in the world but you do have to wonder if they would come here if the money in the game was the same as it used to be?.

Football is the beautiful game as Zola says but I just wonder if you agree with Franco that some of it's beauty has been lost?.

Let me know what you think!


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