Another week of fast-paced, frenetic and usually football-filled action prompted the usual soundbites from the usual suspects, who we would no doubt be poorer without.
Here is our selection of musings from some of our favourite sporting philosophers over the past few days play:
“Thank you hendo for let me take the penalty.. Stop drama now. We won that’s what it count. We are a team and expecially we are Liverpool. Come on guys.”
Some choice spelling and grammar from Mario Balotelli on Instagram after the penalty comedy show at the end of Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Besiktas in the Europa League. English isn’t his first language, to be fair.
“Football is a sport for everyone, that is one of the main reasons why we love it, and what happened on the Paris Metro on Tuesday was unacceptable.”
Admirable sentiments, but tough to take seriously coming from the pen of Chelsea captain John Terry.
“Yaya loves Manchester City and, despite what is sometimes said, he is happy at the club”
Agent Dimitry Seluk claims his client wants a new contract and an executive role at City when he retires. The Etihad chiefs will be under pressure to remember the Ivorian’s birthday forever…
“Even though what’s happened has been so bad, it’s irrelevant to what happens when we play Scotland…”
Cricketer Ian Bell really shouldn’t have used the i-word after England’s brutal collapses against Australia and New Zealand at the World Cup. Now the BBC are quoting him saying “defeats are irrelevant” in their headline.
“…I would say the biggest issue is the tyres. They don’t work, they are so hard. They are not spectacular.”
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton’s title defence hasn’t started spectacularly, with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg outperforming the Stevenage-born number one in pre-season testing.