World Cup winner prefers to play for Arsenal over Chelsea IF given a chance
Brazilian legend Pele has revealed that he would have loved to play for Arsenal over Chelsea as the Gunners play an open style of football.
Pele, regarded by several people as one of the greatest footballers of all time, spent the majority of his illustrious club career with Santos between 1956 and 1974. He won two Copa Libertadores trophies and six Brazilian league titles among others.
The three-time World Cup winner and Fifa Player of the Century has often spoken about his love for Spanish giants FC Barcelona, but the 74-year-old nominated Arsenal and not their London rivals as his team of choice in England.
In an interview with Telegraph, the legendary footballer said: “Arsenal would be a good team to play for. I like the teams that play open football. Today it is difficult to decide which teams play that way.
“Barcelona are the closest in style to Santos and are almost the same style as Brazil in 1970.
“Between Chelsea and Arsenal? I would play for Arsenal if I had the chance.”
Arsenal is known for their attractive style of ground passing the football in England. Arsene Wenger introduced the style at the club and the Gunners have had a fair share of success playing quality football.
Chelsea, on the other hand, is often criticised for their defensive approach against competitive teams. Jose Mourinho generally takes a safety first approach and loves to empower the defense first before going for attacks. While the tactics work for Mourinho most of the times, neutral generally do not prefer the Mourinho style game. Their style has also been called as ‘Park the bus’ tactics.
Pele further spoke about Chelsea striker Diego Costa who has faced a 3 match ban from the FA following a spat with Arsenal defenders in a Premier League game last weekend. The Brazilian born Spanish forward intentionally got into a fight with Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista and tipped Paulista to get a red card. Thankfully, the Football Association did not spare the striker as he was slapped with 3 match suspension.
Speaking about the incident Pele said that Costa’s act was disgraceful and it sends a wrong message to the younger aspirants kid who wants to take up the game.
Pele was quoted: “It is not a good message for children. He didn’t get a red card, but he was charged. It was dirty. Unfortunately so many things like this happen on the pitch and this is not good. That’s clear. It is not good for football.”
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