Playing in La Liga is like playing 3-4 matches in a season: Jose Mourinho
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho spoke about the difference between the English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga. He suggested that the Premier League is more competitive than its Spanish equivalent.
He also indicated that he did not enjoy his time managing in Spain.
“I was in Spain, but I didn't enjoy,” he said. “I didn't enjoy it because I won a title with a record in Spain with 100 points and 121 goals, but we played only three or four matches all season.
“I lost a title with 92 points, but again we played only four or five matches in the season.
“You feel the pressure that you have to win every match because if you don't you are not champions. You have to win and win and win. But it is a big, big gap between the giants and the others.
“I think the difference between the two leagues [Premier League and La Liga] is huge. Would they [Barcelona or Real Madrid] win the Premier League? Maybe yes. Maybe not”
The Portuguese manager has also been in charge at clubs in Italy and Portugal. He compared those experiences to the EPL as well.
He said, “In matches in other countries you can win matches when you are resting.”
“In Spain and in Italy, I won lots of matches resting. Where you can think, 'what next.' Where you can think which European game is coming, where you can rest players.
“This season I rested a few players against Bradford and I lost against Bradford. And that is English football. You are winning 2-0 and if you concede a goal you know you are going to have hell for the last few minutes and you might draw 2-2 and lose two points.
“This is the reality of the Premier League. You have no time. It's not just about the number of matches, it's the intensity. And it's not just physical intensity, you feel the intensity mentally.”