Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho caused quite a stir in Germany with an off-the-cuff comment about the Bundesliga last week.
He said: "The English League is not like the German one, where you know who will finish first and second. In England you might finish first or sixth. The Premier League is tough."
This was despite his side's 3-0 friendly loss to Werder Bremen, and the German press took great pleasure in giving the result great prominence in light of his comments.
Days later, Mourinho gave a nod to the division, by loaning Stuttgart his promising midfielder Oriol Romeu.
And Romeu had positive words to say about the division he will be playing in, at odds with his manager.
Romeu told Kicker: "Everything happened very quickly. The Bundesliga is very good, is getting stronger. I'm looking forward to it."
The Spaniard is not the only Chelsea player to be loaned to a German side this season, with Thorgan Hazard saying that Mourinho encouraged him to take his loan at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Perhaps it's not the strength of the Bundesliga which Mourinho doubts, simply the competitiveness.
Borussia Dortmund finished 19 points behind champions Bayern Munich last season, and the transfer of Robert Lewandowski to Pep Guardiola's side is unlikely to change that.
Stuttgart manager Armin Veh is positive about Romeu, but don't expect the side to suddenly go on and prove Mourinho wrong:
"Oriol is young and still has a relatively large experience. We had at this position a simple need. He gives us more options."