Sunderland's Lamine Kone on the main difference between the Premier League and Ligue 1

The defender made his Sunderland debut in the defeat to Manchester City.

Sunderland defender Lamine Kone has been explaining the differences between the Premier League and the French League after making his first appearance in English football in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Stadium of Light.

Sergio Aguero's goal was enough to separate the two sides but Kone perhaps ought to have found the net on his debut as he headed wide from a Jeremain Lens free-kick.

Kone is quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “It was completely different to the French League.

“In France, it’s much more tactical, whereas here it’s box-to-box.

“In my opinion, it’s the best league in the world and I had a really good feeling for my first match, against a team like Manchester City."

A lot is said about the English game being that bit more frantic and quicker than other European leagues, and Kone's analysis would certainly fit into that general theme.

Many have said that the Black Cats were unlucky to get something out of the game. As for his own personal performance, the £5 million signing from Lorient seemed satisfied with his display against one of the league's most formidable attacking units. 

He added: “I had a chance when I got in front of the defender, but I didn’t make a good contact with my head. It was a great chance to equalise for the team.

“But it was unfortunate that we couldn’t score, because we deserved something from the game."

He'll be hoping to take the next opportunity that comes his way as the Black Cats face a difficult double header against Liverpool and then Manchester United as they look to bridge that four point gap between themselves and safety.

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