It’s Monday again which means it’s time for ‘Morning Mix’ – our weekly football column with a bit of music thrown in for good measure.
We look at two talking points from the past week and point you in the direction of some of the best football stories elsewhere on the internet.
We also offer a top tune recommendation to get you in the mood for the next week and what to watch out for over the coming days. Let’s get the ball rolling!
Kompany love-in is premature
Burnley are back in the Premier League and Vincent Kompany is guaranteed to be the next Manchester City manager. How nice.
Plenty of media outlets have repeatedly been blowing smoke up Kompany’s backside this season, painting him as some kind of managerial genius.
They conveniently ignore the fact that Burnley have spent around £35 million in the transfer market, and their wage bill is massive by Championship standards.
Before getting too carried away about Kompany’s coaching ability and future career prospects, let’s see how he fares with Burnley in the Premier League.
Linesman should be applauded for spat with ‘big baby’ Robertson
“PGMOL is aware of an incident involving assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis and Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson at half-time during the Liverpool v Arsenal fixture at Anfield. We will review the matter in full once the game has concluded.”
Hopefully this review will find that Hatzidakis was well within his rights to shrug off a player who approached him in an overly aggressive manner.
Liverpool’s excessive berating of the officials – led by brainless captain Jordan Henderson – should result in the Premier League hammering the club.
As for Robertson – Roy Keane nailed it on Sky Sports by calling him a ‘big baby’. If he could defend as well as he can moan, he’d be a world-beater. Clown.
The week that was
Are you looking for the best football stories from the past week? Check these out:
- Wrexham’s Mr Everything: Iwan Pugh-Jones is kit man, painter and makeshift striker.
- Sackings spate shows who matters now: welcome to football’s age of the executive.
- After Lukaku was abused, Juventus offer hope that soccer can take meaningful action.
Today’s top tune
Tribes recently marked their return after a ten-year absence with the release of ‘Hard Pill’ – a song they describe as a ‘bridge’ between the past and an exciting new chapter.
The London band looked destined for greatness the first time around, but things didn’t quite go to plan. Judging by this tune, their comeback will be hugely successful.
What to watch this week
Chelsea visit Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday. With Frank Lampard back in the dugout, what could possibly go wrong?
A final Morning Mix thought
Wilfried Zaha limps off at half-time against Leicester City and Crystal Palace win the next 135 minutes of football by a 7-2 aggregate scoreline. Coincidence? We think not.
- Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle United: Magpies gunned down by free-firing Arteta squad
- Man Utd without seven players for Fulham game
- Tottenham ‘seriously’ interested in signing Sebastian Szymanski
- Man City braced for Saudi Pro League bids for Kevin De Bruyne this summer
- League Cup preview: Chelsea vs Liverpool – where to watch, kick-off time, possible line-ups, form guide
- Rasmus Hojlund to miss the Manchester derby in boost to City’s title chances
- Europa Conference League round of 16 draw: Ajax to face Aston Villa, Lille clash with Sturm Graz
- Europa League round of 16 draw: Liverpool land favourable tie, Brighton face Roma
- Preview: Arsenal vs Newcastle – stats, team news, line-ups
- Armando Broja’s Chelsea future in doubt as Fulham loan goes pear-shaped