Barney: League is tops
Premier League harder to win, insists Dutchman
Last Updated: 28/02/09 11:50am
Barney: aiming for first Premier League crown
Raymond van Barneveld believes that the Premier League has become more competitive than the World Championship.
"I actually think the Premier League is better than the World Championship. In the Premier League, we travel to these great venues with packed crowds every week."
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The Dutchman, who was speaking to Sky Sports News ahead of tomorrow's opener against world number one Phil Taylor, believes that the pressure of playing to bumper crowds on a weekly basis makes the Premier League more difficult to win.
"I actually think the Premier League is better than the World Championship," he said. "In the Premier League, we travel to these great venues with packed crowds every week.
"It's 14 weeks and you're up against top players, which is tough, but if I can lift that trophy at least once I'll be a proud man."
Barney would have preferred an easier opening fixture than the man who defeated him in December's World Championship final, but given his recent form he feels he can give 'The Power' a run for his money.
"I was hoping I'd be meeting Phil in week 14 considering it's not long since we last played!" he joked.
"But I've played six games at the World Championship and three last weekend at the Players Championship, and am still averaging 100. For me that's fantastic."
It's a dramatic change of fortunes for the Dutchman, who up until Alexandra Palace had endured a miserable 2008. He changed darts on a number of occasions in a bid to find his form, but now realises they weren't the problem.
"I'm more vulnerable than in years gone by," he admitted. "I don't know where it comes from, maybe from changing my darts too much. It can get into your head and put you off focus a bit.
"I don't think I had any problems with my darts. The problem was with the grip points; they would be gone after only one session. But now they're fine; they should be okay."