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Paul Merson: "Winning Premier League Better Than Champions League"

Paul Merson: "Winning Premier League Better Than Champions League"

Paul Merson says Manchester City can't have a better season than Liverpool and believes winning the Premier League is a bigger achievement than the Champions League.

Merson feels winning the Premier League over a grueling 38-game campaign is a harder and bigger achievement than winning the coveted Champions League.

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Speaking on Sky Sports' 'The Debate', he argued: "Man City can still have a better season than Liverpool? They can't. They can't. Liverpool haven't won the league for 30 years. That's a feat to go and win it.

"When you win the Premier League, it's 38 games, week in, week out. You turn up, you grind it. Sometimes you get beat, but you have to turn up again and keep on grinding out results.

"Liverpool won the Champions League losing more games than they did in the Premier League last season! How does that work?! That tells you everything. The Premier League is the ultimate, week in, week out.

"Man City win the Carabao Cup because their squad is massive and they have two teams. The FA Cup is won by the draw; the team don't win the FA Cup, the draw does.

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"Of course, the Premier League is bigger than the Champions League. Much bigger! I'd rather win the Premier League, every day of the week. In the group stage you only have to win three games and draw one.

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"Real Madrid? They're not the team they used to be. As a professional footballer, over the grind of a season, for me winning the league over a 38-game season is the ultimate.

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"You can lose around a third of your games in the Champions League and still win it."

Needless to say, Merson's Premier League claim sent social media into overdrive.

"Have to agree with Paul Merson here. The premier league requires consistent results and regular performance. The FA Cup and EFL Trophy only need a few good results," one social media user wrote.

A second tweeted: "Champions league.... All the best teams around Europe vying to be the greatest in the world."

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A third wrote: "Merse right all day. The league is bread and butter!"

Another added: "Merson embarrassing himself again, how he gets paid to speak I have no idea."

Liverpool, of course, are 22 points clear at the top of the league table and head into their Champions League round of 16 second leg with Atletico Madrid a goal down.

City, meanwhile, occupy second place in the league table and hold a first leg lead over Real Madrid ahead of their round of 16 second leg.

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What's the bigger achievement? Let us know what you think.

Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Football News, Football, Paul Merson, Premier League, Champions League

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.