Mauricio Pochettino has made a bold comparison between Ligue 1 and the Premier League, after insisting he feels the French top flight is the more physical.
For years Ligue 1 has come under criticism for its perceived soft nature and lack of quality across the division.
Players who have historically made big money moves to France, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Angel Di Maria and Neymar were each widely accused of taking the easy option for a stress-free payday at the expense of real progression in their respective careers.
Nonetheless, Pochettino has now come out in defence of the division and bravely stated his opinion that he feels it is more physical than the Premier League – despite English football regularly being referred to as the world’s toughest.
Speaking this week to reporters during the international break, Pochettino told getfootballnewsfrance: ‘My impression is that it is a very complicated league.
‘The quality is there. I think it’s the most physical league in the world. I think the talent is amazing, and there are great coaches too.’
‘Every single game you can see all the teams have quality, have the capacity to win the games, never give up. I think it’s a very, very good league, and we are so happy to be here.’
‘I’m not saying that it’s a better league than the Premier League, but I think that in the way that the games are here – I think they are more physical than in the Premier League.’
After 13 matches played PSG currently sit top of the table with a ten point margin, having lost just one match all season and drawing just one other. (Allfootball)