Nine things we loved this weekend: Coutinho, Messi, De Bruyne & more

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A Philippe Coutinho moment which even Liverpool fans could smile at, plus brilliance from Manchester City‘s star man and gallows humour from Newcastle United and Sunderland caught our eye this weekend.

There were no Premier League games on Saturday or Sunday as the FA Cup took centre stage, but thankfully Kevin De Bruyne still played. You can always rely on Kev.

And Lionel Messi, of course…

Philippe Coutinho

Sorry, Phil.

Kevin De Bruyne

Consistently brilliant and brilliantly consistent. Just give him the Player of the Year award now.

Lionel Messi

On the subject of free-kicks: Into the last 10 minutes? Scores locked at 1-1? Free-kick on the edge of the box? Give it Messi.


Never let a bad performance get in the way of a good away day.


Poor Sunderland were tagged into a tweet from the official Arsenal account announcing the two teams for their Under-23s clash on Sunday, cue the inevitable flurry of ‘announce Aubameyang’ responses.

The hardy souls in the Black Cats’ media team took it with good grace at least.


Anyone that gets annoyed at hearing the ‘YORKSHIRE, YORKSHIRE, YORKSHIRE’ chant at a gig, nightclub, or pretty much any social occasion no matter where you are in the country should be worried.

The Yorkshire Republican Army have their own football team now – and they’re undefeated.

Gianluigi Buffon

The great man turned 40 over the weekend, which means you owe it to yourself to read this…

READ: Gianluigi Buffon: The story of one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time

Emile Smith-Rowe

D’ya know how you sometimes end up down a YouTube rabbit hole watching endless videos of goals by David Beckham or Roberto Carlos, thinking to yourself ‘how?’.

Yeah, we spent Sunday evening doing that with this goal from Arsenal starlet Smith-Rowe.

READ: Watch: Arsenal youngster scores outrageous goal for U-23s

James Maddison

Speaking of ludicrous goals, Maddison’s effort for Norwich at Brentford made Tom Victor go all funny.

You can see why he’s being linked with a number of Premier League clubs (Maddison, not Victor).

READ: James Maddison, a nutmeg and a finish which explains all the excitement

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