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Ruben Neves names Thiago as toughest Premier League opponent

Ruben Neves is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and he has spoken about some of the toughest opponents in the division.

In an interview with the Athletic, Neves named Liverpool midfielder Thiago as his toughest opponent in England.

There was also praise for N’Golo Kante, who has won everything there is to win in elite football.

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When asked who the best midfielder he has played against is, Neves replied: “[Xabi] Alonso and [Sergio] Busquets, who but I will also say one from the Premier League — Thiago.

“When I played against Xabi Alonso (at Bayern), Thiago was there as well… that was a hard game! Thiago is one of the hardest. So smart. Quality, physicality, he’s one of the best.

“I can say N’Golo Kante as well, it’s impossible to take the ball from him and, defensively, he’s a monster. But my first choice would be Thiago.”

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Thiago is an elite operator, who has won plenty of trophies in his time and the same goes for Kante.

They are so experienced but when Neves is their age – Thiago and Kante are both 30 – there is every chance that he will be on their level.

He has their quality on the ball and has been playing at the top level for a long while now and he isn’t even close to his prime.