Robin van Persie has claimed that the games in the Champions League often felt like practice matches when compared to some Premier League fixtures.
The decorated forward spent a majority of his career terrorizing teams in England, first with Arsenal, and later with Manchester United. The Dutchman has over a century of Premier League goals to his name, along with one PL winner’s medal.
Now back in his homeland with Eredivisie outfit Feyenoord, Van Persie has spoken up about the experience he gained in England, whilst also naming the toughest fixtures in the top flight of English football.
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“I have been in pain for years, but pain comes in varying degrees,” the 34-year-old recently told Voetbal International. “Top football is not without sacrifices. Playing for years in the Premier League is taking its toll.
“That is football in the highest gear, so bad that I experienced the matches in the Champions League as practice matches.
He further added: “If you suddenly got two or three metres to take a ball, you were not hacked. Well, that was impossible against the likes of Swansea, Bolton and Sheffield United. Those kind of teams did not give me a metre.
“Or Stoke City, with the wind that raced through the stadium. I always stood there in the basics and it was always a battle. Stoke of them all was the hardest match in the world. Actually, such duels are overpowering on yourself, until you fall from the edge.”