An atmosphere of positivity and love for one’s fellow man last witnessed among the Elysian Fields of the acid house movement has broken out in the football fraternity this week.
Those with a Chelsea connection have been particularly affected, which is sure to disquiet Jose Mourinho ahead of a trip to Swansea his 18/25-rated men must win to retain an interest in the Premier League title shake-up.
In discussing a possible future battle with Thibaut Courtois for the Stamford Bridge number-one spot Petr Cech found to time to pay glowing compliments to previous would-be usurpers:
“I had Carlo Cudicini behind me when I came here, the best goalkeeper in the Premier League at the time,
“When Ross Turnbull played for Middlesbrough he was a big English prospect and he really improved here.
“Hilario has always been ready to play, and you can see the difference at Fulham when Mark Schwarzer is not there. He has been absolutely brilliant for Middlesbrough and Fulham and I’m still playing. This has been really underestimated.”
Former Blue turned Sunderland gaffer Gus Poyet was in similarly effusive mood when plotting to swipe Black Cats midfielder from previous employers Brighton back in January:
‘If I was coach of Real (Madrid) I would take him because he deserves to go to the highest level.’
However, the Uruguayan may wish to contemplate demanding slightly more from the man he was at such pains to woo if recent performances are anything to go by:
‘The best thing about Liam is that he understands me to an incredible level. The way he understands what I want from him is spectacular.’
Perhaps Poyet could learn a thing or two about managerial aloofness from former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari who, while remaining broadly permissive, has no wish to appear too excited:
“The players can have normal sex during the World Cup. Usually normal sex is done in balanced way, but there are certain forms, certain ways and others who do acrobatics. And that…No.
We will put limits and survey the players.”
Ever attuned to the subtly-changing vibrations that pulse through the beautiful game, Jurgen Klopp was lavish in his admiration for the way Borussia Dortmund attempted to a overturn three-goal deficit in the second leg of their Champions League quarter final against Real Madrid, stating:
“You could make a video of this game and show it to the teams that lose a first leg 3-0”
Yes Jurgen, but the bloopers reel would probably be longer than the feature given the amount of chances Die Schwarzgelben spurned in falling one goal short of tying up the tie…