Guardiola: The Premier League is not the toughest in the world

Date published: Monday 28th August 2017 9:15

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed that the Premier League is not the toughest in the world, just the “most viewed”.

The Spaniard has prior experience of managing in both La Liga and the Bundesliga, having won a combined eight trophies at the respective clubs.

Guardiola revealed his belief that the Premier League was not yet the most difficult, referencing the recent records of English sides in Europe.

“I know you like to hear, ‘It is the toughest one, congratulations’. You are the most viewed,” Guardiola said, via the Mirror.

“Of course the Premier League is tough, so tough. But I would not say going to the [Santiago] Bernabeu, Camp Nou, [Athletic] Bilbao, Sevilla is easy.

“Because in the last decade all the Spanish teams arrive in the Champions League and Europa League. Winning the Europa League — like Sevilla did three times in a row.

“The Premier League will be tough when — this is going to happen — with five teams in the Champions League, they can achieve the last rounds.

“After we can say, ‘That is the toughest league’. We have to make that step.”

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