Guttersnipes and ill-advised upstart opinionators across the football world have been falling foul of the game’s Oscar Wilde-inspired repartee experts in news.bwin.com/en/’s latest quotes of the week.
In the wake of his PFA ‘young’ player of the season award Eden Hazard decided it was time to offer his Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho some tactical advice:
“Chelsea is not set-up to play football. We’re good on the counter, a little bit like Real against Bayern.”
“Often, I’m asked to do it all by myself and it’s not easy. It was a complicated game. It will be a lesson for us regarding next year.”
When quizzed on the Belgian’s chopsy outburst, Mourinho took a deep breath before unleashing the following assassination:
“It’s normal because he’s not the kind of player ready to sacrifice himself 100 per cent for the team and for his mates,”
“Eden is the kind of player who is not so mentally ready to look back at his left-back and live his life for him.”
Hazard’s zinging at the hand of a respected football figure is something twitter troll @MickHanEfc can relate to, after dissing Everton’s Sylvain Distin and getting ruined for his troubles.
Mick vented his anger at the Toffees’ defeat to Crystal Palace:
“@sylvaind15tin f***n leg it distin u give your all mate but your not good enough”
The Premier League’s 15th-most prolific outfield starter ever dished out some real talk in response:
“@MickHanEfc maybe not mate but you can’t afford better at the minutes so stop moaning kid”
Meanwhile in Serie A, Guardian writer Barry Glendenning’s lazy mafia reference in suggesting Napoli “would need to make Manchester United and (Danny) Welbeck himself an offer they can’t refuse” to sign him prompted a barbed response.
Napoli’s Communications Director Nicholas Lombardo lambasted the Grauniad scribe, for his indolence, perhaps unaware of the irony of demanding ‘respect’:
“We would not judge a city like Newcastle on the basis of MTV’s Geordie Shore; we do not think all of that city’s inhabitants are rude, gym-addicted and sociopathic. It is a shame to see the Guardian did not afford Napoli the same courtesy.”
With Chelsea 1/5 to best Norwich, Everton 7/2 to take three points from Manchester City and Napoli 1/3 to down Cagliari, a treble on the trio pays out at more than 6/1.