Hughes supports winter break

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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes believes not having a winter break could be harming English teams' chances of success in European competitions.

The majority of leagues in Europe shut down for a period around Christmas and New Year - one of the busiest times of year in the English calendar.

Hughes said: "I think English teams are at a disadvantage when it comes to the business end of the season and trophies are up for grabs.

"Most of the time British players and British-based players are going into these games not in the peak of fitness because of the demands they've placed their bodies under from the beginning of the season to the end.

"So I think it's something worth looking at. It's been mooted in previous seasons but nothing's come of it so maybe there's an opportunity to look at it again."

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