My tribe

Swansea defender Van der Hoorn: Man City better than great Barcelona teams; Sigurdsson will be Everton star

Swansea City defender Mike van der Hoorn regards Manchester City as superior to past Barcelona teams.

The Dutchman was in the Swans team which lost 4-1 to City this week.

"I played with Ajax against Barcelona and that was a similar experience. Only Manchester City is even more complete, athletic and smarter.

"Currently they are simply the best team you can come across and you know that it is great if you beat them," Van der Hoorn told the BBC.

"These are not the games for us to win, but you still try to do your best against such a top team."

On losing Gylfi Sigurdsson in August to Everton, Van der Hoorn believes the Iceland international is now proving himself.

"You see what he adds to Everton and that is what we miss. That we did not get relegated last season was largely due to him. His preseason was not great, so his first matches were not very good at Everton.

"He did not play games here and that frustrated him. It was not ideal for us either. You can now see that he comes into his game and that he slowly grows into a star player."

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?