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Zenit coach Advocaat slates long ball Everton

Zenit St Petersburg coach Dick Advocaat has hit out at the Premiership ahead of their UEFA Cup tie with Everton.

Advocaat accused English teams of being one-dimensional and over-aggressive.

He claimed Everton are among the worst offenders, saying: "You can't compare them with any team in our League. We play football, whereas Everton are very physical, just as they have been for the past six years since I signed Michael Ball for Rangers.

"They work very hard and are very difficult to beat, as you can tell from their recent results. You don't go eight unbeaten without having that about you. But it is a lot more physical in this league than in Russia and we know that if we try to fight Everton we will lose."

Advocaat clearly has a valid point, having broken Moscow's monopoly of the Russian league by steering Zenit to the title. He rubbed it in over England's Euro 2008 flop by claiming Russia had the edge at club as well as international level, adding: "Everton play the English style of football, whereas we have more technical players in our league. We like to pass the ball and play one-touch or two-touch stuff.

"Here, it is based on knocking the ball long and fighting for possession in the final third of the pitch. Not Arsenal, admittedly, but the majority of teams here play that way."

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