David Silva believes the fierce competition for top spot makes the Premier League more entertaining than the Primera Liga.
Manchester City missed the chance to climb to the summit for Christmas when they lost 2-1 to Everton on Monday but remain very much in contention at the halfway point of the campaign.
Chelsea, Arsenal and current leaders Manchester United are also involved in the title race and City winger Silva is loving the excitement of it all.
He left Valencia to move to Eastlands over the summer and, looking at the league table back in Spain where Barcelona and Real Madrid are streaking clear, is happy to be plying his trade in England.
"Barcelona and Real Madrid are going well and have built up quite a lead," Silva told the club's official website.
"In England it is far more hard fought. You could have any number of teams getting up there near the top.
"That makes for a more entertaining and enjoyable league."
Silva initially struggled to adjust to his new surroundings but has found his best form as the season has progressed after being helped by other members of the squad.
"I have settled in but I owe a lot to my team-mates because they helped make the process a lot quicker," he said.
"The games in England are very competitive. So many sides can make life very hard for you. It is a real challenge.
"But we are going OK at the moment. Now we must continue so we are in the final shake-up."
City's defeat to Everton has fuelled accusations that City's expensively-assembled, cosmopolitan band only show their best in milder weather.
It is a suggestion Silva believes is ridiculous, saying: "Come on. It was very cold when we played our last few away games; the coldest it has been.
"At Fulham we were very good and won comfortably. The cold suits us fine."