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Ex-Barcelona defender says training in the Premier League is more demanding



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Tottenham Hotspur right-back Emerson Royal is slowly but surely adapting to life in the Premier League. The Brazilian was involved in a rather puzzling transfer saga where he arrived at Barcelona only to be sold weeks later.

Off the back of his first goal for Spurs, the defender spoke on the Cadena SER program Que t’hi jugues! to open up about the move, life in England and his aspirations with the Brazil national squad, where he faces competition from Barcelona legend Dani Alves.

“Barça had a complicated economic situation and Tottenham was interested in me. Barça needed money. I helped Barça and Barça helped me to play in the best league in the world,” said Emerson, about his transfer.

The 23-year-old seemed very candid, as he explained his ambition, but also came across as a true Cule when it came to accepting his situation. Most players would have been very disappointed by what happened.

“My dream was to succeed at Barça and I was going to fight for it, but when I arrived I saw the situation at the club. They explained everything to me and in the end I understood that the best thing for me was to leave the club.”

Emerson said that he still watches Barcelona play and is impressed by their resurrection under Xavi Hernandez.

“Now it’s something else. It’s like a whole new side. They’re improving a lot,” said the Brazilian.

He also opened up about the differences in training between Spain and England, claiming the latter was a lot more physical.

“Training in the Premier League is different, here they demand a lot from you. I train more at Tottenham than I did at Barça or Betis.”

“At Barcelona we did more positional training, more technical and with the ball. But in the Premier League you need to work much more physically and at the moment I’m adapting very well,” he added.

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