Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has branded English football 'brainless'.
The 27-year-old, who has been out of action for a month with a knee injury, has also blasted the Blues' full-blooded training sessions and dietary control after revealing the culture shock suffered since his £13million move from Lyon in the summer.
'Training sessions here are terrifying,' Malouda said.
'They are just like matches, and you go flat out.
'During the actual games it is as though everybody's brains are switched off.
'People play by instinct, spontaneously, in the way they did when they first discovered football.'
Malouda claimed he would not be in the shape he is if he had adhered to the eating habits he found at Stamford Bridge throughout his career.
'The people at Chelsea don't control what the players eat. You can help yourself to whatever you like, drink Coke or anything,' he added.
'It is a good job I have come over here at the age of 27 and so haven't been following the same diet as the rest of the club's players.'