Balotelli Is A Hero And Other Lessons Learnt From Manchester City v Tottenham
Balotelli is the best thing about modern football
Whether or not the stamp on Scotty Parker’s super head was intentional, Mario Balotelli should be celebrated as a true footballing maverick. A player so at odds with the anodyne cardboard cut image of top-level Premier League players, just hearing his name makes me smile. Whether he’s handing out £50 notes to tramps, or winning last minute penalties, he makes not only football but life more interesting. How many footballers make you laugh? His penalty taking, too, is perhaps the coolest thing in the modern game. Step, shuffle, pass, goal, ace celebration. Hero, a true hero.
The media myopia over Gareth Bale has reached breaking point
Take nothing away from Gareth Bale, he’s a fantastic player and was brilliant after his latest ridiculous strike, yet when he ran clear near the end and squared for Defoe who missed, it was he, and not Defoe, who was the culprit. He simply played the ball at the wrong angle and weight, the ball should’ve been pulled straight back across goal. Did anyone mention this, no. Neville had a pop at Defoe, Souness kept quiet, Coleman was probably looking for Jeramin Jackson to get his autograph.
Chris Coleman should have his tongue cut out
A bit harsh, you might think, but this is the man who has just been put in charge of a nation. His startling ineptitude at remembering people’s names, plus his poor analysis of the action in front of him, was an embarrassment and any of his Welsh squad watching must have been cringing. Julian Lerscott, David Da Silva, ex Spurs manager Sergio Ramos, he was on stunning form today.
Howard Webb thinks he is a sheriff
The gum-chewing, peacock-strutting Webb has always had a high opinion of himself but he’s ramped it up to new levels. He treats the pitch like his own OK Corrall, pushing aside the actual rules and dishing out what he thinks will make him look better, he’s an idiot. Also his half-time whistle is the most pompous blast from a Thunderer I’ve ever heard. He makes it last about 15 seconds for god’s sake and even throws in the odd pause.
Manchester City will win the title, Spurs will come again
Above skill and luck, you need character to win things and both of these teams have it in spades. City will win the league because of their squad size and the inclusion of Silva and Aguero. If Spurs had an out-and-out number 9 I reckon they’s have won today. That they haven’t, and seem unlikely to before summer, will count against them over the next few months. God knows what will happen to them in Harry Redknapp goes off and manages England, but his successor would only need to add a striker and perhaps one more creative midfielder to the impressive squad.
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