Best football quotes of 2014: From Jose Mourinho on Arsene Wenger to Brendan Rodgers and Joey Barton
Players, managers and, let’s face it, anyone associated with football always seem to have something to say about the beautiful game – from hilarious one-liners to legendary quotes that no one will forget in a hurry.
So with the year close to coming to an end, Metro Sport decided to cast our minds back over 2014 to bring you some of the most memorable quotes from footballers and their coaches – with some lines guaranteed to make you chuckle while others are more likely to make you shake your head in disbelief.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Am I afraid of failure? He [Arsene Wenger] is a specialist in failure. I’m not.
So if one supposes he’s right and I’m afraid of failure, it’s because I don’t fail many times. So maybe he’s right. I’m not used to failing. But the reality is he’s a specialist because, eight years without a piece of silverware, that’s failure.
Mourinho takes a jibe at Gunners boss Wenger after the Frenchman said Premier League managers were playing down their chances of winning the league last season out of fear of failing.
Hull City owner Assem Allam
They can die as soon as they want.
Allam responds to fans who protested about his plans to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers.
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez
I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth.
The former Liverpool forward attempts to explain how he ended up biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match in Brazil this summer.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers
I can categorically tell you Mario Balotelli will not be at Liverpool.
The Reds manager completely rules out signing the AC Milan striker in early August – before the club ends up finalising a £16million transfer for the Italian later that month.
QPR midfielder Joey Barton
[Javier] Pastore wouldn’t get a beach ball off me if we were locked in a phone box. He’s turd. Anyone who thinks he isn’t is clueless.
Barton gives his thoughts on Paris Saint-Germain’s Pastore after the Argentine scores the opening goal for the French champions against title contenders Monaco in February.
Montpellier president Louis Nicollin
Remy [Cabella], I think he deserves something else than Newcastle. I wouldn’t go there. You must get bored s***less in Newcastle.
The outspoken president of the Ligue 1 club responds to reports linking Cabella to Newcastle in January before the 24-year-old eventually completes a move to the Magpies in the summer.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
It’s probably been the worst three months of my life.
I’ve seen it [the slip] a few times. I don’t have to watch something like that to go through the pain again and again and again.
Gerrard opens up about his infamous slip against Chelsea last season, which allowed Demba Ba to score in the Blues’ 2-0 win at Anfield – placing a huge dent in Liverpool’s title hopes.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
The problem with Chelsea is I lack a striker. I have [Samuel] Eto’o but he is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?
The Portuguese tactician mockingly questions the Cameroonian’s age in a private conversation with a businessman. Needless to say, it didn’t go down too well with Eto’o.
PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
England is a very strong league, with three or four of the best teams in Europe, but, if I had played there, I would have destroyed it, like I have everywhere else.
Arsenal could have happened, as everybody knows, but I would not do a trial. Who do you think regrets that more – Arsene Wenger or Zlatan?
The Swedish star comes out with another classic line as he insists he doesn’t regret turning down a chance to go for a trial at Arsenal aged 16, opting to sign for Ajax instead.
Samir Nasri’s girlfriend Anara Atanes
F*** france and f*** deschamps! What a s*** manager!
The Manchester City midfielder’s other half doesn’t react well to the news that Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps has omitted Nasri from his World Cup squad.
Netherlands and Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben
Maybe Louis does have a golden willy.
Robben refers to Holland coach Louis van Gaal’s reputation of being lucky after the Dutchman’s substitutions during the team’s World Cup match against Mexico results in a win for the Orange.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp
He’s not injured. He’s not fit. He’s not fit to play football unfortunately. He played in a reserve game the other day and I could have run about more than he did.
I can’t protect people who don’t want to run and train, and are about three stone overweight.
The Hoops coach slams midfielder Adel Taarabt after QPR’s dramatic 3-2 home loss to Liverpool in October.
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho
This is not the best league in the world, this is football from the 19th Century.
The only other thing I could bring was a Black and Decker to destroy the wall.
The Blues boss features once again after his side were held to a goalless draw against the Hammers in January.