"So it's absolute nonsense what he [Mancini] said. He was maybe looking for a bit of self-sympathy or something like that. But it's nonsense.
"If you look at our game down at Norwich this season, the energy they expended in that game, particularly the two wide players, was phenomenal. They ran 100 miles. That's an example of the Premier League. And the Reading game, when it went to 3-2, I thought we were going to lose 30! Every crossed ball that came into the box, they seemed to get a header against us.
"I had to take Rafael off, simply because we didn't have enough height to deal with it, and put Chris Smalling at right-back. That cured it, so there are all different types of games and different types of opponents in the Premier League, which gives it that variety of football no other country has."