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England is more of a challenge for Argentine players - Man City defender Zabaleta

Pablo Zabaleta has stated that adapting to life in England is a challenge for players from his native Argentina.


Historically, Argentine players have tended to struggle in the Premier League but in recent times, the large contingent of stars from the South American nation succeeding at City has proven that they are capable of making a mark in England.

Zabaleta is one of the Argentine natives who has managed to make it big in England and the defender believes that players from his nation tend to struggle in the Premier League as they cannot adapt to life in the country due to the language barrier and climate.

The defender told the Manchester Evening News: "I wish there had been six Argentines here when I arrived because it would have been much easier to settle in! But they are all great lads and I think we have to do our jobs well and pave the way for the next generation of players from our country.

"We want to show people what we can do on the pitch but also off it, where I think we are respected. We want to show that Argentinians are good, hard-working people.

"The Premier League is a great league for us to play. Spain or Italy is maybe easier for us in terms of lifestyle, climate and language but coming to England is a big change and a big challenge. Our people love a challenge and that's why we are all here at City.

"Most of us have been in Europe for years and I hope it shows young players back home this is the best place to play."

Zabaleta is joined by five other Argentines at the Etihad Stadium - Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi, Willy Caballero, Martin Demichelis and Bruno Zuculini.

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