Gareth Bale, Real Madrid star forward is staying in Madrid for three and half years, and plays Laliga matches week in week out, but he feels Premier League is most competitive in Europe. Former Tottenham Hotspur player who has trained at White Hart Lane, and played in Premier League for Spurs as well knows how tough it is to play in England.
He shared his experiences in a recent interview, and The Sun reports, “In terms of one-to-20 the Premier League is the closest. On any given day, 20th can beat top. Here, not so much. It’s a bigger gap.
“But I feel the top six or seven in Spain is really strong and in European competition you’ve obviously got Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atletico Madrid have been to two finals and Sevilla have won the three Europa Leagues.
He also given the reason, why Premier League is toughest in Europe and they can compete in Europe. No Premier League team has reached to Uefa Champions League final in last four seasons, and Arsenal is on verge of any early elimination seventh season in a row. It earned an explanation from the Welshman and he said, “I think I know why – but you can’t change it. It’s the league itself. In every Premier League game you have to be at 100 per cent for 90 minutes or you lose.”
“Spanish teams definitely know they have this edge over English teams. I think every country does: Spain, Italy, Germany – they all have a winter break.”
“Also in Spain, you can be up at half-time against the bottom club and you can take your foot off the gas. You can take people off. If you try for only 45 minutes, you won’t win a match in the Premier League. Obviously, we still play but it’s not at the same 110 per cent intensity.
“And the winter break is massive. In England, you’ll play four or five games and we don’t play any. You don’t get many rest days and it really does burn you out for a long time.”
Gareth Bale justified it very well. A season almost stretches nine month, and during which English team has no breaks, and they play at least four or five matches more than the other European domestic clubs. They have them FA Cup and EFL Cup, which add on to their fixtures and if these fixtures needed to replay as in the case of FA Cup, it’s loathsome. You don’t want to pile up more games, that’s why Premier League squad needs to be bigger to cope with the injury.