Word of Mouth

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

“It’s in the top five of the most hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feats I’ve suf­fered.” With a new book to pro­mote, Ar­se­nal’s Me­sut Ozil dis­cusses that har­row­ing 10-2 Cham­pi­ons League loss to Bay­ern Mu­nich. “I was shocked and dis­ap­pointed the way it ended at Derby. I’m a lit­tle bit shocked and now I’m just get­ting re­ally an­gry. That anger has mo­ti­vated me, driven me to say ‘I know the Cham­pi­onship, I know coach­ing’.” Former Eng­land boss Steve McClaren be­lieves he still has an­other sec­ond-tier job in him. “I just re­mem­ber to my­self that I think I have got the third or fourth-best win record in the Premier League.” David Moyes, who also ap­pears to be eyeing up a spot of work in the Cham­pi­onship, prompts a run on mock­ing emo­jis across the whole in­ter­net with his post-match com­ments on Satur­day. “I would pre­fer to be first in the league and not hav­ing this record. It doesn’t give us any­thing, this record.” Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic plays down the im­por­tance of Manch­ester United’s long un­beaten run ahead of the Chelsea game then fails to make Mour­inho’s start­ing line up. Co­in­ci­dence? You de­cide. “I’m very much an in­terim coach. I’m here to give the play­ers a kick up the arse and win games.” Tony Adams gen­er­ates huge ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter tak­ing charge of the first team at Gre­nada. “Not only are the lights not on, there is def­i­nitely no­body at home. I get a sim­i­lar feel­ing when see­ing a go­rilla at the zoo.” Sun colum­nist and former ed­i­tor, Kelvin Macken­zie, causes an up­roar with this de­ri­sive de­scrip­tion of Ever­ton star Ross Barkley.

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