Robert Pires names Man Utd and Chelsea heroes as his ‘toughest’ opponents

first_imgRobert Pires names Man Utd and Chelsea heroes as his ‘toughest’ opponents Ferdinand and Terry both won multiple Premier League titles (Picture: Getty)‘Coming from France to play in the Premier League, it was very difficult at the beginning.‘Arsene Wenger told me: “It’s not the same football. It’s physical, you need to learn.” ‘My first match was at Sunderland. I was sitting on the bench and after about 20-25 minutes I remember thinking: “Wow, this football is not for me”.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 7 Aug 2020 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisement Comment Pires (Picture: Icon Sport via Getty)Robert Pires played against some of the greatest centre-backs in modern football, but he named John Terry and Rio Ferdinand as the ‘toughest’ he faced. Pires, who won three Premier League titles and two FA Cups during a six-year spell at Arsenal, admitted he found it difficult to adapt to life in English football due to its physicality. The World Cup winner, who also had a stint with Aston Villa, was quizzed on who he felt were the hardest defenders he had to play against and two names sprang to mind. Chelsea centre-back Terry, who won five Premier League titles, and Manchester United centre-half Ferdinand – a six-time Premier League champion – were at the top of his list. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘In the Premier League it was John Terry and Rio Ferdinand,’ he told Match of the Day: Top 10.‘Matches against Chelsea and Manchester United were always hard and Terry and Ferdinand were very tough, very physical,’ he said. Advertisementlast_img

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