?Former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou has discussed the main difference between playing in the Premier League and the Bundesliga, admitting that defenders make life harder for the attackers in the German top flight.
Kalou has been a regular feature of Hertha Berlin’s attack since his move in 2014, scoring 34 goals in 108 games after snagging 36 in 156 during his six seasons in west London. He’s made history too, given Kalou
“I think it’s the Bundesliga [defenders who are more difficult to face]. The defenders are very difficult because they never commit one against one, they always wait for cover and they never go forward so you don’t have the space to go one against one. T
Kalou’s decorated career has seen him win the Premier League, Champions League and Africa Cup of Nations – admitting that the English top flight title meant the most to him. “It’s not easy to win,” he said, “and 2009, when we won it with Ancelotti, it was a great time. It was the beginning of something – the first one is always the best.
“For me, I have great memories and I have no regrets about my time there – and I want to keep those great memories, so I won’t play for another team in England. I’m happy to stay where I am now.”
Asked whether something about the behind-the-scenes structure at Stamford Bridge lent itself to the famous high rate of player and managerial turnover, he bit back: “Well I don’t think it’s just Chelsea – even teams like Madrid are like this.
Kalou then turned his attention to this season’s Bundesliga, and weighed in with his own view on the title race in Germany – which currently sees Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig all separated at the top by one point.