Monday 19 February 2018

The 31 best quotes of the Premier League season

Jose Mourinho, right, and Arsene Wenger, left, clashed on the touchline at Stamford Bridge earlier this season
Jose Mourinho, right, and Arsene Wenger, left, clashed on the touchline at Stamford Bridge earlier this season

Andy Hampson

Andy Hampson looks back on the memorable quotes of this Premier League season

"We do everything that the team needs. That's why we deserve so much to be champions - and I think everybody knows that."

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hails his side as worthy champions in a swipe at their detractors.


"I think boring is 10 years without a title - that's boring. If you support a club and you wait, wait, wait for so many years without a Premier League title, then that's boring."

Mourinho hits back at digs from Arsenal fans that his side are boring.


"What is to regret after that? I wanted to go from A to B and somebody confronted me without any sign of welcome."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tries to play down a touchline tussle with Mourinho during his side's loss at Chelsea.


"If there is anything to say I will say it. I am more than capable of looking after myself, there is no doubt about that."

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson fails to explain clearly his bizarre touchline confrontation with Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur.


"If you don't know the answer to that question then I think you are an ostrich. Your head must be in the sand."

Pearson creates more negative headlines as he becomes involved in a strange exchange with a journalist during a press conference.


"It isn't good enough. I feel, myself, very lousy. When you have 13 points after 10 games, you are not doing well."

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reflects ruefully on the club's worst start to a league season since 1986.


"It is the most disappointing performance since I came here. I had the feeling before kick-off as the warm-up was not so good as usual."

Much later in the season, Van Gaal is annoyed by a defeat at Everton, highlighting inadequate preparation.


"I think we have done a really smart piece of business here. This transfer represents outstanding value for the club."

With words he might have been regretting soon after, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hails the £16million signing of Mario Balotelli.


"It's a really difficult one. I'd be unprofessional if I came on and didn't do my job - so I'm mixed with it."

An emotional Frank Lampard reflects on his equaliser for Manchester City against the club with which he is synonymous, Chelsea.


"This game is Southampton versus Manchester United and the game needs that attention, and not the attention about both managers because that's private."

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman downplays his past feud with Van Gaal.


"It could be The Dog and Duck versus The Red Lion."

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, unimpressed by his old side's start to the season, does not anticipate a classic when they face struggling rivals Liverpool.


"You can't print the things I'm feeling. You've got to keep going, you don't throw the towel in."

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert after a 5-0 hammering by Arsenal pushes him closer to the exit door.


"For former servants or players, there's always some appreciation - but nothing here."

Rodgers is disappointed with the reception for Liverpool's former Southampton players Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert on their return to St Mary's.


"It was a shocking challenge. It could have finished Ireland's career. Why it was not a straight red, I have no idea."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is furious after a horrific challenge by Hull's Maynor Figueroa leaves Potters midfielder Stephen Ireland needing 15 stitches in a calf gash.


"The minimum you have to say is 'criminal tackle'."

Mourinho hits out at a tackle by Burnley's Ashley Barnes on Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, an incident which led to the latter being sent off for his angry reaction.


"I've got to accept it, I've let my team-mates, manager and - more importantly - the supporters down."

Steven Gerrard takes the blame for Liverpool's loss to Manchester United at Anfield after being sent off within 38 seconds of coming on.


"This has been the toughest decision of my life and one which both me and my family have agonised over for a good deal of time."

Gerrard, the long-serving inspirational Liverpool captain, announces he is to leave Anfield at the end of the season.


"It's one of my best goals, and with my left foot as well, but even a tap-in would be massive in a game like this."

Jermain Defoe reflects on his stunning volleyed winner in Sunderland's vital derby victory over Newcastle at the Stadium of Light.


"Four years under that monetary situation, along with the history, made it difficult. My resilience and character has grown because of the nature of the club."

Alan Pardew admits the financial constraints placed on him at Newcastle were wearisome after quitting the club for Crystal Palace.


"If I can't give 100 per cent I feel it's better for someone else to take over the reins."

Harry Redknapp quits as QPR manager in February citing the need for knee surgery, just hours after the club failed to make any deadline day signings.


"I think at the end of it all, when everybody is calmed down and settled down a little bit, that everybody can forgive and forget."

New York City head coach Jason Kreis hopes the controversy surrounding Lampard's extended deal with Manchester City blows over.


"I don't want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old. I want to be seen as a 20-year-old kid who loves playing football and doing his best for the team."

Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling tries to seize control of the PR battle surrounding his new contract talks, but his unsanctioned BBC interview does little to end the negative publicity he has been receiving.


"We want players here who are super-professional and focused on their football."

Rodgers is unhappy after pictures emerge of Sterling inhaling nitrous oxide.


"If we close Sunderland - if we put a China wall around the city - it would be fantastic."

Under pressure from supporters, then Sunderland manager Gus Poyet attempts to blame the media for painting a bad picture of him to fans.


"Today was an absolutely disgusting decision from the referee in terms of the penalty against us. The lad Moses should be done for cheating, for diving, for conning the ref."

Swansea manager Garry Monk slams Stoke's Victor Moses after side went down to a controversial loss at the Britannia Stadium.


"The ordinary man in the street will find his action to be simply disgusting. It should not be allowed in any walk of life, let alone any football field."

A Football Association disciplinary panel gives its verdict on the actions of Manchester United's Jonny Evans in banning him for six games for spitting at Newcastle's Papiss Cisse, who was also suspended for his retaliatory spit.


"It sat up nice and I saw the goalie off the line. It was one of those things, once in a lifetime this can happen to you. I'm lucky enough it's happened."

Charlie Adam reflects on his stunning goal from inside his own half against Chelsea.


"I thought he'd done that on purpose - it looks like he did. He will miss two games. Is it an easy way out?"

Amid a blistering attack on his players, Newcastle boss John Carver accuses defender Mike Williamson of getting himself sent off deliberately in a shambolic 3-0 defeat at Leicester.


"I am a positive guy. I still think I am the best coach in the Premier League."

Despite an abysmal run of results during his time in charge, Carver retains a high opinion of his abilities.


"Whatever the result of the game and the outcome of the 'battle' against relegation, during and following any lap of 'honour' that might or might not take place, we will continue to occupy the ground after the final whistle and we urge all Newcastle United supporters to join us in this form of protest."

The AshleyOut protest group's judicious use of inverted commas sums up feelings on Newcastle's Premier League season ahead of their final game against West Ham.


"One or two bad eggs have spoiled it. If it had been done my way, they would have been out of the building straight away."

Outspoken midfielder Joey Barton is unimpressed by the efforts of some his colleagues during QPR's doomed campaign.

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