The second part of my selection of the best quotes from last season’s Premier League
The ever loyal John Terry
Terry on Ancelotti, May 12: “He’s got my full support. I love Carlo”
Terry on Hiddink, June 3: “Yeah, I would [like to see him back]. He’s obviously a very good guy. I’ve been in contact with him since he left. I kept in contact on a personal level. That speaks volumes for him.”
Terry on Mark Hughes, June 3: “He’s someone that hopefully the club will be talking to. If it’s him he will be welcomed by the players.”
He’s not for sale for any price, wait they have offered how much?
Alan Pardew proving 110% does exist in football, on January 6, when speaking about Andy Carroll: “I can’t say to you strong enough, Andy Carroll will not leave this football club in this window. 100 per cent.”
Alan Pardew, on the January 17: “They can put together whatever they like. He is not for sale. I am going to say it one last time, he is not for sale.”
Alan Pardew, on February 1, after selling Andy Carroll to Liverpool: “We decided with the size of the offer, and what it meant to us, that we would accept.”
Tony Pulis’ paranoia
Despite being just 3 points shy of the magical 40 points mark by March 19, Pulis was taking nothing for granted when asked if his team were safe: “No. It might even be more than 40 points now, if you look at the table.
“We’ve got eight games to go, four games at home. We’ve got to make sure that we pick points up.
It does look really, really tough all the way through, so we certainly need some more points.”
In their next game Stoke moved on to 40 points but the relegation battle in Pulis’ head continued: “We’re not home and we’re certainly not dry.”
The humble Nicklas Bendtner
Bendtner justifies his £50,000 a week wages: “‘There is a price to pay as well for us players. I am not complaining. It’s a natural part of being a professional footballer but it is definitely a price to pay when, for example, you can’t go out to eat in a restaurant with your girlfriend without photographers chasing you. The biggest thing I miss because of football is that I really, really love to go on a skiing holiday but as long as I have my career, I can’t do that because of the risk of being injured.
Bendtner speaking ahead of Arsenal’s visit to the Nou Camp: “Can I lead the line against Barcelona? Of course.” He went on to play 12 minutes as a second half substitute.
Arsenal sports psychologist Jacques Crevoisier: “One of the categories is called ‘self perceived competence,’ i.e. how good the player himself thinks he is. On a scale up to 9, Bendtner got 10!
“When Bendtner misses a chance, he is always genuinely convinced that it wasn’t his fault. You might say that’s a problem, and to a certain degree it can be.