Rocha targets improvement

21 May 2007 11:19
Tottenham defender Ricardo Rocha has revealed his surprise at the pace of Premiership football, but believes his performances will improve as he adapts to life in England. The Portugal international arrived at White Hart Lane in a £3million switch from Benfica in January and was immediately thrown into the first-team fray by Spurs boss Martin Jol following a spate of defensive injuries. The 28-year-old earned mixed reviews after making 13 appearances during the second half of the season, but has vowed to win over his doubters after taking time to settle in the Premiership. "It is so different!" he told the club's official website. "From what we see on television we think football in England is amazing, but when you come here on play it is much more amazing than you imagine. "The two teams fight for the ball all the time and always go all out for victory in games, the game is so fast and everyone gives everything to get the ball. "It could be called a shock, but in a positive way. "Everyone tells me that players who come from other countries take six months to one year to adapt. "I came in January and because of some injuries I had to play and learn quickly about the game and get to know my team-mates. "It made me learn fast about the way we play, the way we speak to each other and the way things are in England."

Source: ESA