Pochettino claims Ligue 1 is even more physical than the Premier League 6 months ago

Pochettino claims Ligue 1 is even more physical than the Premier League

"I think they are more physical than in the Premier League."

Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Ligue 1 is the most physical league in the world.

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The Argentine was named PSG boss in January 2021, winning 37 of his first 52 matches in charge of the Parisian side.

The French outfit currently sit top of Ligue 1 with a 10-point lead over second-placed RC Lens and are on course for another league title - having previously won seven of the last 10 league titles, often by a significant margin.

Their domestic dominance has often led to criticism of its agricultural style from outside parties, with some suggesting that the division has lack of quality across the league.

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However, Pochettino has been keen to dismiss this belief, coming out in defence of the French top-flight by claiming that it is more physical than the Premier League - and every other league in the world.

"My impression is that it is a very complicated league," he said in an interview published on the Ligue 1 website, quoted on getfootballnewsfrance.

"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.

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"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."

Despite being nine-time French Champions, it is no secret that the PSG hierarchy are desperate to win the Champions League.

The Parisians currently sit second in Group A - having won two and drawn two of their first four fixtures - one point behind group leaders Manchester City.

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