On Monday, Romelu Lukaku showed the world that he can still do goals by doing one against Real Salt Lake, but the real story of the night was the raring, caged animal that is Jose Mourinho. The Mind Games Master was exquisite during and after the match, foretelling of a season that will either end with him winning the treble or getting sacked by December. There are no other logical outcomes.
Earlier this summer, Diego Costa broke Chelsea fans’ hearts everywhere when he confirmed that he was not in manager Antonio Conte’s plans for next season. However, according to the Brazilian/Spanish forward, the news was not relayed to him in the typical office-sit-down sort of chat. Rather, Conte reportedly told Costa his fate via text message.
Before the friendly between the LA Galaxy and Manchester United Sunday, Galaxy mascot Cozmo pulled a little joke on United during warm-ups, displaying a sign that said "IT'S CALLED SOCCER" to the Red Devils.
I cannot tell you - it is literally impossible to convey - how much this photo means to me. pic.twitter.com/5t1uKCPbbx
— Will Parchman (@WillParchman) July 16, 2017
There’s probably some moral to this story, like be careful what you wish for or think before you tweet. What matters is an Arsenal fan has a tattoo of the Gunners’ big new signing that looks more like a certain former Tottenham striker.
Less than two weeks ago, Arsenal signed Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, five days after @sxmleach tweeted he would get a tattoo of Lacazette’s face if Arsene Wenger actually managed to bring the French forward to North London.
Finally, after transfer negotiations and fees and medicals and training and visa issues and a very short Paris vacation, Mohamed Salah appeared on the pitch for Liverpool, wearing a Liverpool jersey and everything. And, has been the habit of big EPL signings in the last few days (Rooney, Lacazette, etc.), he scored on his debut. Liverpool drew 1-1 with Wigan.
.@22mosalah's goal vs Wigan
Kyle Walker is the most expensive defender ever. Kyle Walker is the most expensive English player ever. Kyle Walker.
I'm sure Pep Guardiola knows what he's doing, really I am, but why on earth would he spend $65 million on English Alberto Moreno? Does Guardiola truly believe Walker is worth that price, or is he, like, trying to challenge himself?
Wayne Rooney is back at Everton, and it took just 34 minutes for the prodigal son to make his presence felt in a friendly against Kenyan club Gor Mahia. To use a baseball analogy, Rooney is firmly in the slow designated hitter phase of his career, but he can still hit the occasional home run when the moment arises.
Per Mertesacker is a giant of a soccer player. Giants aren’t known for their agility.
That didn’t stop the 6-6 German from scoring his version of an overhead kick in Arsenal’s first preseason friendly of the new season on Thursday in Sydney, Australia.
The BFG’s goal overshadowed record-signing Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal debut. The French striker scored, but who needs a $60 million striker when you can throw Mertesacker in at forward?