Bale: La Liga more advanced

Gareth Bale feels La Liga is ‘more advanced’ than the Premier League, where ‘anyone can beat anyone.’ “Look at Leicester…”

Bale was speaking to BT Sport’s Rio Ferdinand and was asked how the two divisions compare as he completes his third year in the Primera.

“The biggest thing is that it’s more tactical here and more technical I suppose. The passing game is a bit more advanced. The patience. Everything is tactical, the managers always have plans,” he noted.

“In the Premier League it’s very physical, end to end. Now especially with the Premier League so open, any team can beat anyone. It’s more back and forth, 100 miles per hour. But the physicality of the Premier League is definitely the biggest difference between them both.

“I think the difference from the top to the bottom [in La Liga] is very large, whereas in the Premier League the bottom team can easily beat the top team. Last year Leicester were 20th and now they’re top. Yeah so I think the biggest difference is the teams at the top to the bottom is a very big gap whereas in the Premier League there’s a very small gap between everybody.”

Leicester were surprise champions in England this season and Bale compared the Foxes to Real Madrid’s Champions League opponents Atletico Madrid.

“Leicester has been an incredible story. Nobody saw it coming. What was it, with eight games to go they were bottom last season and then to win the Premier League is a phenomenal achievement and I still can’t believe they’ve won it now,” he admitted, Leicester having beaten his former team Tottenham Hotspur to top spot.

“They’ve done amazing. Their players have performed to a high level. They’re maybe similar to Atletico. They work very well as a team, they do everything as a team. As for Tottenham I think they played the best actual football. They’ve been maybe the best footballing team. They were just unlucky not to get over the line.”

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