Ex-Chelsea attacker: It's harder to score in Ligue 1 than Premier League

Salomon Kalou believes that goals are more difficult to come by in France than they were for him in England.

The Premier League is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive in Europe, while Ligue 1 has seemingly improved with the influx of superstars to France.

Despite the English top flight arguably have better-quality players collectively than it’s French equivalent, one man that has played in both believes it is more difficult to score in France.

Salomon Kalou spent six years at Chelsea between 2006 and 2012, before leaving west London to join Lille on a free transfer last summer.

The Ivory Coast international has stated that his current surrounds make it difficult for strikers and attackers to hit the back of the net.

"Here it is more tactically organised, [the defenders] observe you, they take their time, they don't rush on anything," Kalou said.

"It makes it harder to have chances to score. It's very hard. You have to be focussed on scoring from the one chance you can make a difference with.

"Most of the teams that you play don't want to lose. That's the first option. So you don't find the same space you find in the Premier League.

"It makes it very interesting. You have to be patient and you have to be effective, because you're not going to have a lot of chances."

Looking at the figures would suggest that the African forward’s statement is false. Never thought of as clinical during his time in England, Kalou managed to score 36 times in 156 Premier League outings for the Blues.

Since moving across the Channel, Kalou has seemingly found his shooting boots and at the time of writing has netted 15 times in 32 Ligue appearances for Les Dogues.

The African forward also had the most clinical season of his time in either England or France last term, scoring 14 Ligue 1 goals in 28 appearances.

Chelsea fans were never blessed with getting a goal every other game from Kalou, with his best season goalscoring-wise at Stamford Bridge heralding 10 strikes in 31 games in 2010-11.

This season Kalou has been an ever-present in Lille colours, featuring in all 11 Ligue clashes so far. He has scored three times, all at home, helping Lille to third on the table.

images: © Ben Sutherland, © Ben Sutherland

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