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'The little horse', 'We go again' and other words in the Premier League in 2013-14

Plenty people had plenty to say about plenty of events in the Premier League. Here’s the best of them.

The word from Anfield…

“This does not f**king slip now”

- Steven Gerrard screams at his Liverpool team-mates after they beat Man City. The irony of what happened next.

“We go again”

- The three words which Gerrard used to dampen down the hype after that win over City. The catchphrase of the season.

“There were probably two buses parked today instead of one.”

- Brendan Rodgers can’t hide his disdain for Chelsea’s style of play.

“You cannot come here against a very good side, be the threat that we were and then defend as we did. It is criminal really.”

- And the manager reflects on where it all went wrong against Palace.

“This experience is going to take us to the title. Whether it is next year or the year after, it will happen pretty soon.”

- Stevie G remains hopeful.

Britain Soccer Premier League Steven Gerrard: 'This experience is going to take us to the title'. Source: AP/Press Association Images

The Special One…

“They wanted the clowns.”

- Jose roars from the touchline after Willian taps in Chelsea’s second goal at Anfield.

“You speak with Jamie Redknapp and he tells you everything about it. You have your pundits, Jamie Redknapp is a brilliant football brain, they can explain you everything.”

- A sprinkling of sarcasm to Mourinho’s words to Geoff Shreeves when explaining why Chelsea parked the bus against Liverpool.

“I just want to say four things and I’m sorry because if you ask me more questions I’ll repeat exactly the same thing. Congratulations to my players because they gave what they have and what they don’t have. Congratulations to Sunderland, because they won. Congratulations to Mike Dean because he made a fantastic performance and congratulations to Mike Riley, because what they did during the season was fantastic for the way the championship is going. Congratulations to all of them and I have nothing more to say.”

- He may not be genuine in his good wishes here.

“This is not the best league in the world, this is football from the 19th Century. The only thing I could bring was a Black and Decker to destroy the wall.”

- Oh, the hypocrisy of it all. Jose lashes out after West Ham frustrate his Chelsea side.

“The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump.”

- Top, top analogy as Mou writes off Chelsea’s hopes.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Liverpool v Chelsea - Anfield Jose Mourinho: 'They wanted the clowns'. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Pundits Corner…

“It was a typical week for Arsenal. For one reason or another players just seem to go missing.”

- Paul Scholes doesn’t hold back in a damning assessment of Arsenal.

“It’s like having a choice for two blokes to nick your wife.”

- The Gary Neville dilemma before the title decider between Liverpool and Man City.

“Winning the Premier Legaue trophy is the best thing that can happen to you. People say it’s having kids, but anyone can have kids, not everyone can win a Premier League title.”

- Don’t know how the Neville children will take this.

“No one wants to be a full-back as a kid. No one wants to grow up and be Gary Neville.”

- Carra tells it like it is to his Monday Night Football buddy.

“He’s a game lad who runs around. When he has time to think, he’s in trouble.”

- Liam Brady rates Danny Welbeck very highly.

“He’s obviously really tired after the game. I’m not sure he knows what he’s talking about.”

- Roy Keane not impressed by Vincent Kompany.

G Nev: “He’s like a burglar, you don’t know where he is.”
Carra: “You’d be under the bed.”
G Nev: “You’d be the burglar.

- Classic MNF Bantz.

Source: RDinHD/YouTube

The Gaffers…

“Couldn’t care less.”

- A boy Olé. No time for discussing Liverpool, has Cardiff boss Solskjaer.

“He (Mourinho) can’t take it, can he? He can’t take it because we’ve out-tactic-ed him, out-witted him. He just can’t cope. He can tell me all he wants. I don’t give a shite, to be honest.”

- Big Sam gives it both barrels in Jose’s direction.

“He is a specialist in failure. I am not.”

- Jose blasts Arsene.

“I didn’t mean to do anything aggressive or anything.”

- Alan Pardew explains THAT headbutt.

“I am embarrassed for him. Honestly.”

- Arsene blasts Jose right back. Will they ever get along those two?

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group F - Marseille v Arsenal - Arsenal Press Conference - Stade Velodrome Source: Neal Simpson

The word from Old Trafford…

“Following a conversation with the manager, I decided to change leagues and play in a different country.”

- Clearly Nemanja Vidic was inspired by David Moyes.

“Keep supporting us and the good times will come back soon.”

- Ryan Giggs plea to the United faithful.

“Next year I guarantee that we will be number one in Manchester. We like to be first and we will be first.”

- No pressure for next season then thanks to Bobby Charlton.

“Walking around the pitch after the Hull game was probably the emptiest I’ve ever felt on a football field.”

- Poor old Phil Neville has had a tough time of it.


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“It’s the sort of standard and level we need to try and aspire to get ourselves to at this moment in time.”

- No, no, no. David Moyes doesn’t endear himself to United fans when speaking glowingly about Man City.

“To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.”

- Moyes bids farewell after a torrid season.

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Quarter Final - First Leg - Manchester United v Bayern Munich - Old Trafford It was a tough season for Moyes. Source: EMPICS Sport

Hero of the season, Mr. Timothy Sherwood…

“Lack of characters. Too many of them too nice for each other. Need to show a bit more gut and not want to be someone’s mate. I’m not going to forget about this by the time we hit the motorway, but some might.”

- He wasn’t happy after the 4-0 loss to Chelsea.

“There’s a few I’d count on and a few I wouldn’t.”

- And let his players know exactly what he thinks of them.

“I don’t care about the tweet. I don’t go on Twitter. He can tweet what he wants. I like Sandro’s qualities, but in my eyes it wasn’t right to put him in the squad.”

- The explanation as to why Sandro was dropped for the game against Fulham.

“Sherwood will leave at the end of the season. Then it’s a new coach – a new everything! I am happy at the moment!”

- Sandro’s glee at Sherwood’s apparent departure.

“If you have a supply teacher who comes into your school, sometimes they’re not treated with the respect that a headmaster is”

- Tim never really got on with his players, did he?

Britain Soccer Premier League Tim Sherwood was one of the wordsmith's of the season. Source: Matt Dunham

The winners…

“Big teams cannot be satisfied with one title.”

- Manuel Pellegrini wants more.

“Coming over here five years ago from Sligo, I never really thought I’d be picking up these two awards. I’m really, really proud and really, really humbled.”

- Seamus Coleman after winning the Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season at the Everton awards bash.

“The miracle happened.”

- Gus Poyet after Sunderland’s astonishing revival to escape relegation.

“I think it’s a remarkable turnaround for a player who has been vilified – and some may see he brought it on himself – but it’s great to see someone change and to be stood up there getting this award.”

- Brendan Rodgers salutes Footballer of the Year Luis Suarez.

“We’re building a big club and I’m proud to be part of this.”

- Vincent Kompany reflects on another glorious season at the Etihad.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester City v West Ham United - Etihad Stadium A second Premier League title in three years for Manchester City. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

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