David Moyes highlights what he doesn't like about La Liga

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The Real Sociedad boss is content to stay in La Liga, but highlighted a few things he isn't to keen about in Spanish football.

Having completed his first season in charge of Real Sociedad, having repeatedly dismissed talk of a swift return to the Premier League, David Moyes is now planning for next season at Anoeta.

During an insightful interview with El Diario Vasco, the former Everton and Manchester United boss feels he's settling in well, enjoying his work.

"San Sebastian is a fantastic city. The people, the fans, wherever you go around here, everyone supports the team and they all wear the shirts. I've really liked everything here." He explained.

Whilst adapting to a new culture has been a challenge, it's one Moyes has clearly relished, although when asked about differences between La Liga and the Premier League, he admitted that there are certain things he's not too enamoured about, when it comes to the Spanish game.

"There are some things which are similar and others that aren't. For example, I don't like that games are always played at different times. It would be better if they were played at the same time, and not one after the other." Suggested the 52-year-old, regarding match scheduling, which is also something many Spanish football fans tend to agree with.

When he first arrived at Real Sociedad, Moyes quickly became conscious of differences in refereeing, between what he was used to in the Premier League, compared to that of La Liga.

"Referees? They're different..." He admitted, when quizzed for his thoughts about Spanish match officials.

Moyes then highlighted his observations in particular, noting: "Spain is known around the world for the technical ability of its players. It's not football with much physical contact. There's more of that in the Premier League, but that said, I think in England the ball is in play for around seventy minutes per match. In Spain, it doesn't get past sixty minutes."

Referees could do more in that regard, believes Moyes, who pointed out: "The ball is in play for less time and that's because there's lots of fouls. You need to let the game flow more. Bookings are all too easily given."

Referred to as 'teatro' (theatrics) in Spain, there's perhaps a little too much diving or focus on winning free-kicks by the players, feels Moyes, who observed: "I defend the work of the referees, because they have a difficult job, but the players could help more, if they didn't spend so much time on the ground."

Looking ahead, it's evident that Moyes has much work to do this summer, in order for Real Sociedad to realise the ambitions they have next season.

"I want to improve the squad." He confirmed. "This team has lost players with a lot of talent, so it's been very difficult to find replacements." In reference to what many feel was the biggest loss last summer, losing Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid, then suffering the absence of Carlos Vela for long periods with injury.

Over recent days, Real Sociedad have been very busy with club president Jokin Aperribay and sporting director Loren, both in London trying to secure signings including that of Burnley striker, Danny Ings, along with talks to loan Joel Campbell from Arsenal.

However, Moyes is playing his cards close to his chest, when it comes to possible reinforcements, but concluded with the explanation: "I've been working on the season to come, since last February. Since the January transfer window closed, we've been focused on the summer window."

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