Eliaquim Mangala has spoken to L’Equipe about the differences in physicality between the Premier League and Portuguese league.
He had the following to say:
“There is a difference. In duels (in Portugal), the attacker will often pull out of the challenge. It is useless leaving your foot in because the defender is more aggressive, he will lose out. In England, it is completely different. You have to be prepared, because the attacker will not pull his foot out. If he can leave you on the floor, then he will leave you on the floor. And you, if you pull out of the challenge, you can’t be surprised if you get a bad reaction from the crowd. If one day you’re playing at 80%, you’re not going to manage.”