MLS is tougher than Premier League: Drogba

Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:09am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Major League Soccer (MLS) offers a tougher challenge than the English Premier League and will soon be one of the best domestic competitions in world football, according to Chelsea great Didier Drogba.

The former Ivory Coast striker has just completed a successful first season with the Montreal Impact after leaving Chelsea in May.

"It's a different challenge (in the U.S.)," Drogba told Reuters in an interview. "People think it's easy to play there. Believe me, it's more difficult than playing in the Premier League because of the travel.

"You can stay at an airport for three or four hours if you miss your flight, so that is what is really leveling the game.

"There are not a lot of away wins because when the teams arrive they are tired. There are also some very good players in the league," Drogba said.

"It's a growing league and I think it's going to be one of the most important and decisive leagues in the world in a few years."

Montreal qualified for the playoffs by finishing third in the Eastern Conference.

They beat Toronto FC in the knockout round before going out in the two-game Eastern Conference semi-finals where they lost to Columbus Crew.   Continued...

Nov 8, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Montreal Impact forward Didier Drogba (11) chases down a ball during the extra time in the game against the Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium. Columbus beat Montreal in extra time 4-3 on aggregate. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports