Serie A Lagging Behind Premier League And Primera Division - Jurgen Klinsmann

Harsh words from a man who knows plenty about the Italian game, but will Serie A's big guns listen to advice coming from Germany...?
Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes Italy's failure in the Champions League this season proves that Serie A is living in the shadows of the dominant English and Spanish leagues.

The Champions League draw for the quarter-finals takes place in Nyon later today, but there will be no Italian candidates after Inter, Roma, and Juventus crashed out against Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, respectively.

Klinsmann spent time in Serie A with Inter between 1989 and 1992, and knows Calcio well. He believes the Italians need to change their playing style to match the pacy tempos of La Liga and the Premier League.

"The exits mean that the Italian teams have stayed behind," Klinsmann told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

"It's all well and good being the masters of tactics, but this is not enough anymore because the game nowadays is about movement off the ball as well as on it.

"In England and Spain the action is faster, direct and agressive. In Serie A it's slow and closed. I have seen many Italian matches and they are paying the price in Europe.

"Milan were disastrous in Europe while Juventus and Inter are out because they reflect the value of Serie A. There is no hunger."

Harsh words from the former German international. His Bayern side face Barcelona in the next round of the Champions League.

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com