That Was The Week That Was

Oh Brendan, what have you done? Brendan Rodgers has returned to the Premier League to replace Claude Puel at Leicester City. From proudly boasting that managing Celtic was his dream job, he has now walked out on the chance to win the triple treble and made himself public enemy number one for his fellow Celtic supporters.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa has come under scrutiny after refusing to be substituted during their League Cup final defeat to Manchester City. Well, would a supposed ‘selfish’ footballer turned-manager drop himself for their 2-0 win over rivals Spurs on Wednesday night? I think not.

The 2018 World Cup was magic for a whole bunch of reasons. However, none were more magical than the way it nearly convinced everybody that Kieran Trippier was a world-class right-back, largely due to his free-kick against Croatia.

His strike at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night brought back memories to that night in Moscow. Because this strike was absolutely sublime. Under no pressure, Trippier inexplicably slotted the ball into his own net past the on-running Hugo Lloris.

Only cynics will say he did not mean it.

Huddersfield’s 1-0 win over Wolves means that 43% of their points this season have come against Wolves, bringing a whole new meaning to the chant “Can we play you every week?”

When your side concedes eight goals in the space of two games, at home, you start questioning whether if you support the worst side on the planet. Against Bournemouth and Southampton, Cardiff’s Sol Bamba and Bruno Ecuele Manga were beginning to look like they were forming a strong partnership together at the centre of defence.

Then Bruno Manga was forced to play right back to make room for captain Sean Morrison, who was rushed back after his five-week absence.

Consequently, the defensive unit is now looking worse than Fulham’s.

It is that bad.

Poor Claudio Ranieri should have retired on a high after winning the Premier League with Leicester City. Sacked by Fulham this week following their 2-0 defeat at Southampton, the enamouring Italian can finally put his feet up and relax.

Until he accepts an offer from some obscure country.

Loves to travel that Claudio. Personally, I’d love to be his travel companion. Just imagine the scads of stories he has to share.

Andrew Robertson believes Liverpool teammate Virgil ‘The Great Wall of China’ Van Dijk should win the PFA’s player of the year award. And few could argue with that claim right now, especially when his brace secured a tight 5-0 drubbing over Watford.

It’s still neck-and-neck between Liverpool and Man City in the title race. The latter faced West Ham, who provided tougher competition than Watford did at Anfield.

Manuel Pellegrini is the definition of serenity. His traits must have manifested themselves onto his West Ham players ahead of the match because they hardly looked fazed by their free-scoring opponents.

It was only a dubious-looking penalty converted by Sergio Aguero that inflicted defeat over the Hammers.

And that’s your TWTWTW for this week.

Have a great weekend everyone.