Bale believes in winter break

Gareth Bale believes the lack of a winter break in England and the intensity of matches means it’s clubs lag behind their rivals from Spain.

The Real Madrid star believes the two-week break in Spain at the end of December alongside fewer games in domestic competitions allows for La Liga clubs to prosper more in Europe.

"I think I know why, but you can't change it. It's the league itself. In every Premier League game, you have to be at 100 percent for 90 minutes or you lose," Bale told The Sun.

"Spanish teams definitely know they have this edge over English teams. I think every country does, Spain, Italy, Germany – they all have a winter break.

"Also in Spain, you can be up at half-time against the bottom club and you can take your foot off the gas. You can take people off.

"If you try for only 45 minutes, you won't win a match in the Premier League. Obviously, we still play but it's not at the same 110 percent intensity.

"And the winter break is massive. In England, you'll play four or five games and we don't play any. You don't get many rest days and it really does burn you out for a long time."

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