Ander Herrera has sung the praises of the English Premier League in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais.
“If you like football, if you are football fan, this is the ideal place to succeed because people have patience,” he said. “In Spain there is more noise from the press, with opinions. Bielsa said that patience is getting shorter because of fear losing or failure that is imposed. In England it is the polar opposite.”
It’s not just the league’s patience with players that impresses him, but the respect for the referee and the physicality of the play.
“There is respect for the game and the rules,” he continued. “Even the referee is respected. Now I appreciate the advice of Bielsa, who told me that the referee is an aid for football. I was stuck in my mind. Anyway, what has impressed me in the Premier League is the physical ability of all the teams.”
Herrera claims the more experienced players at the club, like Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, encourage this competitive style of play.
“The danger is that you can get hurt,” he continued. “The fans like tackles. Now I just listen to Rooney and Carrick before games, who damand us to play aggressively.”