13 things we loved this weekend: Zlatan, Messi, Bayern, Alli, Milner…
After club football had a brief hiatus during the international break, it returned with aplomb this weekend.
Chelsea vs Tottenham was the big fixture in England, but there was also the newest derby in world football, and that’s the only place to start.
It really wasn’t going to go any other way, was it?
Is there a footballer in the world who is a more fully formed cartoon character / superhero than Zlatan Ibrahimovic?
Is there a city in the world more suitable as a home to such a footballer character than LA?pic.twitter.com/cFeIVmrJXr
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) April 1, 2018
Barcelona were 2-0 down at Sevilla facing their first defeat in La Liga in 11 months when Messi was introduced from the bench on Saturday. He left it late, but what followed was inevitable. The commentator’s laugh is brilliant.
Boring James Milner has really relished joining Twitter.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) April 1, 2018
Macclesfield’s late win against Woking really did have it all.
Never turn your back on the game 🙈
This Woking defender could have been the hero… 😭 pic.twitter.com/bZGXV2nHvT
— The Non-League Paper (@NonLeaguePaper) April 1, 2018
Needing two wins to clinch the Bundesliga title, Bayern came up against Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker and promptly thrashed them 6-0. Six-nil.
Bayern smashed Dortmund for SIX to close in on another Bundesliga title 🔥 pic.twitter.com/dVfaneEJLf
— Calcio on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 1, 2018
Let’s face it, players celebrating to wind up opposition fans is always great.
Wanker signs: 4
Middle fingers: 10 (including an ice-cold double from the lady)
The oddly out-of-favour V-signs: 2 pic.twitter.com/F9cgkCQfjC
— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) April 1, 2018
Another two goals for Aubameyang against Stoke City, and he could have had a hat-trick but gave a late penalty to Alexandre Lacazaette instead.
5 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now scored five goals in the Premier League; the most by any Arsenal player in their first six appearances in the competition. Alive. pic.twitter.com/Ha3tfxFvSb
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 1, 2018
What is know in some circles as ‘a Maynor Figueroa’.
Ozil vs Stoke’s police service is one of the strangest rivalries of the season.
.@Policingstoke didn‘t help in the case of robbery last summer so we took matters into our own hands. 🕵🏼♂ Proud to announce we earned three hard fought points today for @TheIwobiEffect and all the other gunners 😉 #Banter pic.twitter.com/wVrFgPKeJh
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 1, 2018
The best assist you will see for a little while.
— BOCA PASION TOTAL (@BocaPasionTotal) April 1, 2018
Nine years on from his last cap for England’s Under-21s, Wheater has finally given up on the dream of representing the Three Lions at senior level.
This well never not be a good stat.
West Brom have stolen as many taxis under Alan Pardew as they’ve won Premier League games #wba
— Daniel Hewitt (@DanielHewittITV) February 16, 2018
What a f*cking goal from the 19-year-old.