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Newcastle midfielder talks up Prem

Moussa Sissoko thinks the Premier League is more exciting than Ligue 1

By | 20th September 2013
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Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko revealed his belief that the Premier League is more exciting than the French Ligue 1. Sissoko signed for Newcastle last January from Ligue 1 side Toulouse and has scored three times for the club since his arrival. The 24 year old French international has been an important player for Newcastle and has started for the club in all four of their Premier League matches so far this year.

Sissoko believes life in the Premier League is generally more thrilling. He feels that while the top flight French division may not be more defensive than the Prem, it is definitely more tactical as clubs in France will try out-duel each other in close 1-0 matches.

“I don’t know if Le Championnat is more defensive. Considering what I am experiencing at Newcastle, it is much more tactical,” Sissoko said, according to Sky Sports.

“In England, teams start the game to win, score quickly and score as many goals as possible. In Ligue 1, we play the first half to not concede a goal. After half-time, we try to score one goal. In France, one goal is often enough.

“It is exciting to play in the Premier League. That is the reason why a lot of French players are dreaming of signing for an English club. The game in the Premier League is quite something.”

Sissoko’s comments can be backed by comparing the total number of goals scored in each league as the Premiership and Ligue 1 both have twenty clubs that each play 38 matches. Last season, the total amount of goals in Ligue 1 was 1,934  while the amount of goals in the Premiership totaled 192 more as the English clubs netted a combined 2,126 goals (stats from

Newcastle and Sissoko will host Hull City tomorrow afternoon at St James’ Park.

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