Congratulations to Antonio Conte, a world class coach that Arsenal could have hired.
Azpilicueta is a supreme warrior who has played every minute of every game.
If I was picking a Premier League team to play for my life, it would be Azpil, Kante and 9 others.
Ronald Koeman has improved Everton by being stricter and more demanding.
If Koeman managed Arsenal, they would not be knocked out in the R16 of the Champions League
Paul Clement has kept Swansea up and I’m delighted by that. I knew Bob Bradley would be a catastrophe.
Liverpool beat West Ham by a bigger score than I expected: 4-0. On certain days, Coutinho does look good enough to play for Barcelona
Slaven Bilic is a good coach with too many problems.
His biggest problem this season is was what West Ham did last season. They weren’t really that good.
His second biggest problem was Dimitri Payet, his best player, sabotaged their season by insisting on going back to Marseilles in January
After beating Manchester United 2-0, Tottenham have finished second for the first time in 52 years.
Two beautifully executed set-piece goals: a Wanyama header, a volleyed flick by Kane.
In The Times today, Gary Jacob quotes Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino.
The manager said, “It was a very emotional game and ceremony and it is so difficult to describe. I am a very lucky guy, because to share the history of this club, in that special moment, is so lucky.”
Watching the game and the closing ceremony reminded me of jumping around on The Shelf, freezing at bus stops waiting for a W3 to Finsbury Park, and the scores of managers I met there after becoming a football reporter, including Ron Atkinson and the time I thought he was going to punch me.
Only met Ron Saunders once and I’m so glad I did. Amazing character. Unforgettable and funny. Saunders built an Aston Villa team that was so powerful it won the European Cup without him.
The parade of Tottenham heroes triggered a flood of memories that proved useful for a football memoir I’ve been sketching out for the last two months.
Football is about players, so I might call it From Denis Law to Dele Alli.