He told Absolute Radio: "I think the Premier League is the best league in the world, so its normal that everybody is watching the games, and I think its also normal because it’s a really big League, a lot of good players, good teams, so it’s the best League.
"I think the speed of the game is higher because it’s really hard, physical. In Spain they try to play more like good football, so I think that’s the main difference."
Listen to Newcastle v Spurs on Absolute Radio extra - on DAB Digital Radio, 1215AM and online in the UK from 1.30pm as programming kicks off with Russ Williams for pre-match build up, followed by full live commentary from Jim Proudfoot at 3pm, while Arsenal legend and Ian Wright takes care of post match analysis at 5pm featuring player and manager interviews, fan phone ins and a healthy supply of banter.
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