Klopp: Pre­mier League tougher than La Liga

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Lon­don: Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp be­lieves the Pre­mier League is the tough­est Euro­pean league to achieve suc­cess in. Span­ish teams have dom­i­nated Euro­pean foot­ball in re­cent years win­ning the last three Cham­pi­ons League and Eu­ropa League ti­tles.

Klopp, who has just be­gun his first full sea­son in charge at Liver­pool, puts this down to the amount of com­pet­i­tive teams in Eng­land and the vol­ume of games. And he also high­lighted the games played over the Christ­mas pe­riod -- not say­ing that there should not be games, more the num­ber of them. He told the Daily Mail: “Play on De­cem­ber 24, play on De­cem­ber 26, I love my fam­ily but for me I pre­fer to play foot­ball. But then we play De­cem­ber 28 and 31, and Jan­uary 2 and I am think­ing: ‘OK, now we need three teams for this.’” He added: “The big­gest dif­fer­ence be­tween Eng­land and the others is that the com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways so hard. So, yes, you can play three games if you have teams with spe­cial abil­ity, like Manch­ester City or Manch­ester United -- two teams and let them play.

“The big dif­fer­ence to Spain is that Barcelona can play 50 per­cent of their games with Team B; or there are games where Lionel Messi runs 4.3 kilo­me­tres but scores five goals. That’s a re­cov­ery ses­sion. Eng­land has no re­cov­ery ses­sion, in ab­so­lutely any game.

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