Thursday October 11 2012
Bradley thankful for Italian job

Michael Bradley has no regrets about his decision to go and play his club football in Italy. “I’ve become a better player,” said the Roma midfielder.

The 25-year-old American is now performing in the Italian capital after leaving his mark on the Serie A stage with Chievo last term.

“There is no comparison, to be honest,” the former Borussia Moenchengladbach and Aston Villa man stated while on international duty with America. “At least to the places I've been in England and Germany.

“As far as just the preparation for matches, the emphasis they put on tactics, on being ready for every situation, that is all done at the highest level.

“I think in general, I have become a more complete player, in every way.

“Technically becoming that much sharper, tactically knowing the game, being quicker in recognising different moments and situations in the game.

“In all ways I think it is helped me grow as a player and I'm happy with the progress that I've made. I think there is still a lot of room to grow there though.”

On his summer switch to the Giallorossi, he added: “I'm enjoying every second of it.

“Obviously the club is just fantastic, a massive club, with the support. You have an idea of how big the club is from the outside but when you get there it is, well, you realise you had no idea.”

Bradley is also enjoying working with controversial and demanding 4-3-3 Czech boss Zdenek Zeman.

“He has such a big personality and he has his way of doing things,” Bradley added. “He knows what he wants out of training, what he wants his players to look like and his teams to look like and he has such clear ideas – it has been great.”