‘It’s the most physical league in the WORLD!’: Mauricio Pochettino insists Ligue 1 is tougher than the Premier League and ‘all teams have the capacity to win’… despite PSG lifting seven of the last ten titles
- France’s Ligue 1 often comes under criticism for a perceived lack of quality
- In the last ten seasons, Paris Saint-Germain have won the title seven times
- Mauricio Pochettino boldly claimed it is more physical than the Premier League
- Argentine says every team in the division has the capacity to win matches
Mauricio Pochettino has made a bold comparison between Ligue 1 and the Premier League, insisting he feels the French top flight is the more physical division.
For years Ligue 1 has come under criticism for its perceived soft nature and lack of quality across the division, with Paris Saint-Germain winning seven of the last 10 league titles, often by a vast margin.
Players who have 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.
Mauricio Pochettino has come out in strong defence of the standard of Ligue 1 football
Nonetheless, Pochettino has now come out in defence of the division and bravely stated 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.
Pochettino has a star-studded team but insists all fellow Ligue 1 sides have the capacity to win
The Argentine knows all about the Premier League but boldly says Ligue 1 is more physical
‘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 lead, having lost just one match all season and drawing another