Loony’s Football Sundays reviews and ratings
EFL CUP FINAL: MANCHESTER CITY vs CHELSEA
KICK OFF: 5.30pm
On to game two. Yet again two of the best teams in the UK battling each other, this time in the EFL Cup Final. “Should be good”, Loony said gobbling down some cake. Surely it can’t be as bad as the first one.
But it was. 120 minutes of virtually nothing! The game ended on yet another bore 0-0. Both teams also failed to score in Extra Time and so it went on to penalties. We could have literally just watched the penalty shootout as it was more exciting than the entire match itself. Hell it was more exciting than the two matches combined!
Except maybe for the curious episode in ET when Sorri-Sarri called his Keeper-Kepa to be substituted off. The keeper surprisingly seemed to take it upon himself and refuse, deciding not to come out. It is still unclear whether Chelsea’s keeper refused the manager’s orders on purpose or whether there was some sort of miscommunication.
What is certain is that this sent Sarri into a fit of rage and his Chelsea career seemed only inches away when he stormed towards the dressing rooms only to make a u-turn just inches from the doors! Watch the theatrics below!
Sarri tried to sub off Chelsea's goalkeeper, Kepa…but he refused to leave, and Sarri flipped out ?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 24, 2019
Sarri’s Chelsea went on to lose on penalties 5-3, with Man City lifting the EFL trophy.
RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK – SAUCY MOVES 10/10
Loftus-Cheek is the only player who gets a Loony Rating in this one. The others simply don’t deserve a rating. Coming on as a substitute Loftus-Cheek provided the only piece of magic of note. Just watch it below. Lovely Saucy Move by the England youngster who then launched Hazard with a magnificent through ball, only for him to be stopped for a very dubious offside position. Applause!
MAURIZIO SARRI – GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR 9/10
Whether he was at fault on the Kepa mishap, we still don’t know. Yet those sideline theatrics did not go unnoticed. ‘Altro che’. The episode actually went viral! And Sarri’s Loony Rating is solely based on his performance as an actor. Well played… or not.
SERIE A: FIORENTINA vs INTER
KICK OFF: 8.30pm
Entering the third football match for the day, expectations were not flying so high after two bore nil nils.
We were watching this one as Loony carries a special love for the Firenze team. He says he loves their colors.
And what a game! 1-1 after six minutes. 3-3 the final score. Splendid goals mainly the free kick by Muriel and Politano’s first half goal.
Muriel’s splendid free-kick
Luis Muriel scores this ? of a free kick for Fiorentina. Good luck trying to save this one!!
Fiorentina 2-3 Inter Milan pic.twitter.com/ugWkolnY7p
— Parceros United (@ParcerosUnited) February 24, 2019
We certainly got some excitement in this one. Too bad for Inter though. An absurd VAR decision which confirmed a non-existent penalty in the 10th minute of injury time cost them two points!
A penalty was declared for a hands-ball in the box by Inter defender D’Ambrosio, when in fact the ball had clearly touched his chest and not his hand. A VAR review should have clearly overruled the decision. Instead the penalty was confirmed and Fiorentina scored to make it 3-3 and earn them a point.
Inter’s coach Luciano Spaletti was nothing short of furious in post-match interviews! And rightly so.
FEDERICO CHIESA – MANACE 8.5/10
Loony is a big fan of the 21 year old considering as one of the best Italian players around. Admittedly he is having the time of his life showcasing all his skills week in week out. A tough threat for every defence he faces! Manace!
VAR – SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH 4.5/10
The VAR was called in action 6 times during this match and even if 5 out of 6 calls were properly called out for, the last call was utterly wrong. And that is why the VAR gets a poor rating.
As many Inter supporters would probably agree…
Controversy at the end of Fiorentina-Inter: Referee calls a handball on D’Ambrosio in extra time, but it seems to have hit his chest.
VAR intervened, referee checked & decided to stick with his initial decision ? pic.twitter.com/41VjMZwPJl
— Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) February 24, 2019