"He is unique in understanding what players can be, even before they themselves realise it. Many owe their success to him. He believed in me early on, even if I didn't play often. He also said I'd struggle in Italy because there was too much racism, but I told him that was everywhere and England certainly wasn't immune to it, as proved by John Terry and Luis Suarez.
"The truth is I really struggled to settle in England. The first six months of learning English was hellish, as if you don't know the language then the British aren't very helpful.
"Italian football is much more tactical than in England, but at the moment Serie A is underestimated. There is so much pressure, apprehension, tension and obsession here. It's true, I suffer at being marked so tightly. Plus the media talks about one gesture for the whole week, so you never breathe a sigh of relief. Mind you, that excessive focus is what makes Italian football so anomalous, different, difficult and in the end also extraordinary."
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