Quotes, chants and banners of the week – seen and heard from the English Premiership
With and without the ball at the moment we’re very on the ball.” – Frank Lampard has a ball after Chelsea’s thumping of Bolton. “Yeah, next week’s game is important. If we lose next week we could be relegated so it’s going to be a desperate week.” – Spurs boss Harry Redknapp with just a hint of sarcasm when asked on
Match of the Day whether next Saturday’s game against Sunderland was important. “Scintillating? No, I’d call it a nuclear explosion.” – Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon after his team blasted Sampdoria 5-1. “He’s definitely a plonker, but in the nicest possible way.” – Sheffield Wednesday keeper Lee Grant on team-mate Luke Varney. “There’s no doubt Bentley has balls – and plenty of ‘em.” – Harry Redknapp on David Bentley. “Kaka’s penalty shout has fallen on deaf eyes.” – Sky commentator during the Real Madrid-Getafe game.
“Van Persie has shown us that he uses his right foot only to enter a tram rather than play football with it.” – BHT’s (Bosnian national TV) Zoran Šuko during the Spurs-Arsenal game. Five minutes later Van Persie scored the first of two goals, both with his right foot! “He’s so right-sided, me and my friends call him the ‘AntiGiggs’.” – Liverpool fan on BBC radio describing Ryan Babel. “The fact we didn’t play for three months during the summer was a massive help.” – Nottingham Forest defender Luke Chambers when asked what the secret to Forest’s seven-month unbeaten away record was. “We were getting to to the stage where we were thinking, we don’t even get them in training now!” – Wolves striker Kevin Doyle on his side’s struggle to win penalty decisions in the top flight. “The one difference between Lennon and Bentley is that they’re completely different players.” – Heard during the Spurs-Everton Carling Cup coverage on 5 Live. CHANTS “You’re just a fat Robbie Savage!” – Arsenal fans singing to Andriy Voronin of Liverpool in the Carling Cup. “5-2 and we’ve got the flu!” – Blackburn fans at the Peterborough game. Three players had been diagnosed with swine flu. BANNER “You told us to come back when we’d won 18 titles... well, we’re back.” – Banner from Manchester United supporters seen at Anfield.