Manchester City beat Burton Albion 9-0 in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday. It was almost the biggest ever win in the competition’s history, and equaled the most emphatic scoreline of Pep Guardiola’s entire managerial career. To paraphrase Burton manager Nigel Clough, they were annihilated.
The Daily Mirror were far from impressed. In their match ratings they give as many players a 6 as they do an 8 (3), with the other eight receiving a 7. A reminder that they won 9 (NINE)-bloody-0.
Oh, and Gabriel Jesus scored four goals and assisted one more. He is of course their man of the match. With an 8/10. Must have been that misplaced pass in the 63rd minute.
Winter is coming
‘City managed 27 shots to Burton’s four and the home fans were singing about Wembley within half an hour. By the end they were chanting: “We want ten,” perhaps aware of the League Cup record of 10-0 belonging to West Ham (against Bury in 1983) and Liverpool (against Fulham in 1986)’ – Henry Winter, The Times.
Not sure that’s what was on their mind, Henry.
Raheem Sterling didn’t feature against Burton. Neither did John Stones. Perhaps they were discussing how f***ing despicable the Daily Mail are.
You see, this is how the f***ing despicable Daily Mail reported on Stones deciding to split from his girlfriend recently.
Oh look, the Daily Mail have plumbed new depths. How is Raheem Sterling relevant here? pic.twitter.com/pLzynJUq7L
— Football365 (@F365) January 10, 2019
Sterling is mentioned a total of zero times in the story, mainly because the story obviously has absolutely nothing to do with him. Yet his face adorns the central picture, where Stones takes up about 15 per cent of the shot. And while the headline of the story names Stones, the combination of the excerpt and the central picture will inevitably trick many into thinking it is about Sterling. Which is utterly dreadful practice.
Also, are the f***ing despicable Daily Mail suggesting that Stones has come under the influence of Sterling?
That choice of picture is no accident, either. It was taken when both were on the bench against Everton on December 15; Stones has played five times since then. Why not use a picture from one of those games?
Instead, the image they use can be found halfway down the first page of a search for ‘John Stones’ in PA Images: the 45th picture. But it is the second one that comes up when you search ‘Sterling Stones’. Funny, that.
There is a reason Sterling directly referenced the f***ing despicable Daily Mail last month when he suggested that ‘unacceptable’ newspaper reporting helped ‘fuel racism and aggressive behaviour’. This is the same newspaper that trivialised and deligitimised his claims, that have constantly singled him out for abuse, that questioned him for having breakfast after not winning an award, that questioned him for flying on a budget airline, and that used the views of Piers Morgan as a defence.
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Good morning I just want to say , I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to heard I will speak up. Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better. For example you have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing. Which is buy a new house for there mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are, but look how the news papers get there message across for the young black player and then for the young white payer. I think this in unacceptable both innocent have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. This young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an aggressive behaviour, so for all the news papers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all i have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity an give all players an equal chance.
Hell, this is the same newspaper that demanded an apology from the ‘twerp’ they demonised for trying to honour his deceased father with a tattoo. Imagine being quite so f***ing despicable.
Football journalism in 2019: a quick guide
The following headlines can both be found on the Daily Mirror website, published within four hours of each other.
‘Man Utd training: 5 things noticed as one picture highlights key difference since Jose Mourinho’
‘Liverpool training: 5 things we noticed as Virgil van Dijk returns for Reds’
Who said that there are no original (or good) ideas anymore?
Breaking the Mirror
Among the five things that the Daily Mirror ‘noticed’ at Manchester United training is that David de Gea ‘has had to work hard’ to be really good, some of the players are quite young, and Scott McTominay needs to stay hydrated.
Among the five things that the Daily Mirror ‘noticed’ at Liverpool training is that Fabinho is ‘part of the first team’ now, that Mo Salah wasn’t there, and that Roberto Firmino has ‘really white teeth’.
Is it possible to lose brain cells purely by reading something on the internet?
‘Is this really a football story?’ headline of the day
‘Jamie Redknapp ogles Rafael van der Vaart’s ex-wife Sylvie Meis while poolside in Miami’ – The Sun.
Recommended reading of the day
Simon Gleave on the Premier League title race.
James Horncastle on Juventus.
David Conn on EFL ownership.