Mediawatch: Phil Foden, Liverpool and other narratives…

Date published: Monday 2nd March 2020 6:15

The Carabao Cup final was neither a procession nor a demolition, but obviously, many did not let that get in the way of a certain narrative…

Alternative fact:
1981-1990: 13 different League Cup finalists.

2011-2020: 13 different League Cup finalists.


Ridiculous theme of the day
‘Man City add the Carabao Cup to their tarnished pile of silverware’ – the i.

Someone please tell Kevin Garside that the Carabao Cup does not come under the auspices of UEFA.


Don’t Phil yer boots
And when you have an agenda, you cannot be swayed. Even by the brilliance of man of the match Phil Foden, lauded in a separate piece by Garside’s colleague Sam Cunningham thus:

‘Sterling and David Silva and £62.8million Rodri were all on the pitch, but it was all about Foden.’

Not for Garside, because the excellence of Foden did not match his narrative of this trophy being part of a ‘tarnished pile of silverware’.

No, he had to pretend that a player bought for rather a lot of money – specifically between 2013 and 2016 – was the star of the show. And there was only really one of those on the pitch. Where’s that crowbar?

‘Phil Foden was deemed man of the match, though that must have been by Fernandinho’s consent on the grounds that he has too many of those accolades filling boxes in the spare room. The Brazilian is a one-man breakers yard of whom Guardiola once said he would like to run with 11 like him and take his chances.

‘Fernandinho was of course one of the key signings along with Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling during the 2013-2016 period for which City copped the mortifying two-year ban. Though they plead their innocence and have lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the evidence of financial doping, for which they had previously been fined 20 million euros, appears overwhelming in the eyes of all beyond the sovereign interest of Abu Dhabi and the club they bought.’

Not for Garside the small matter of Fernandinho being partially responsible for Aston Villa’s goal, which made him a 6/10 performer in every newspaper Mediawatch checked.


Lad bible
Never heard of young Phil Foden? Then let Garth Crooks enlighten you on the BBC:

‘I’ve had my eye on this young lad for some time and heard an awful lot about him.’

Somebody employ this man as a scout.


Rolling Stones
A tale of two, well, tales from the Daily Mirror’s David McDonnell at Wembley.

First came his online piece on John Stones in which the England man earned himself a kicking with his mistake for Aston Villa’s goal.

‘What now for John Stones, aka Mr Tumble?

‘This was supposed to be his chance to prove his enduring worth to Manchester City.

‘Instead, Stones ended up reminding Pep Guardiola why he cannot be relied upon, with the error which led to Aston Villa’s goal.

‘With seemingly no danger, Stones crumpled to the turf in comical fashion, allowing Anwar El Ghazi to cross for Mbwana Samatta to head Villa back into the game.

‘Guardiola was unable to mask his anger, and there are no prizes for guessing who he held accountable, even though publicly he would never put the blame on Stones.’

So imagine Mediawatch’s surprise when we opened the actual Daily Mirror newspaper to find a piece from McDonnell under the headline of ‘Stones can still be a rock for Pep’. You mean Mr Tumble?

Apparently, ‘the character he showed in recovering…it suggests Stones may yet have a future at the Etihad’.

Mixed messages much?


Instruction of the day
‘Jurgen Klopp instructed to take Troy Deeney’s brutal Liverpool comments on board’ – Mirror.

‘Instructed’ by some Liverpool fans on Twitter.

And that – ladies and gentlemen – is ‘news’.


Tell me why
‘Why Liverpool’s long-awaited defeat could be the secret to bringing back their best’ – Melissa Reddy, The Independent.

Is it because you are a writer with a largely Liverpool-supporting readership?


Incredible stuff
Over at the Liverpool Echo, ‘Pep Guardiola makes ‘incredible’ Liverpool Premier League declaration and hails Man City feat’.

Number of times Pep Guardiola mentioned Liverpool: Zero. None. Zilch.


Lesson time
‘Liverpool CAN be rattled when strikers get physical, David de Gea is an error waiting to happen again and Leicester could miss out on the top four… EIGHT THINGS WE LEARNED IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE THIS WEEKEND’ is the classic MailOnline super-headline.

We’re not sure we could have possibly ‘learned’ in one weekend that David De Gea is ‘an error waiting to happen’; he has made more mistakes leading to a goal than any other Premier League goalkeeper since the start of last season.

As for Leicester; has the chances of them missing out on the top four only been exposed this weekend? Let’s read on.

‘Leicester will only have themselves to blame if they surrender their Champions League spot.’

Thanks for that. Insight indeed.

‘Chelsea’s draw at Bournemouth ensured the gap to fifth remains five points, but Leicester must shrug off their mid-season cobwebs before it is too late.’

Make that eight points, a gap not widened or otherwise by fourth-placed Chelsea’s draw at Bournemouth. Unless the Mail have also learned that the rules have entirely changed.


Expert opinion
‘David de Gea hammered for ‘being arrogant’ after Manchester United goalkeeper’s latest big blunder against Everton’ – Talksport.

And if we ever want an opinion on a goalkeeper, the first person we would always ask is former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara.


Recommended reading of the day
Jonathan Liew on the Carabao Cup final

Daniel Storey on Tottenham’s Serge Aurier side


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