Belfast Telegraph

Falling down is the escape to victory needed for Ruud's Italian job

By Billy Weir

It must be something to do with the Oscars, or maybe they'd just watched Football Focus, but there was very much a movie theme to the weekend's Premier League coverage.

There was a subliminal message on BT Sport as Jake Humphrey was joined by Steven Gerrard, Richard Dunne and 'Arry Redknapp for Man City's clash with Tottenham.

"Harry talks about Harry, I think we should talk about Deli Alli," said a thankfully non-orgasmic Jake to Steven, known for his cameo performance in Falling Down that was such a smash hit a few years back.

Commentator Ian Darke revealed: "Pep Guardiola decided on a bit of movie therapy this week, taking them to see La La Land at the cinema, and you might say he needs an Oscar-winning display here."

"I would have taken them to see Escape to Victory," chortled Glenn Hoddle.

"I'm not sure they're still showing that one," harrumphed Darke, not knowing that it had only just finished on Channel Five.

The mood got darker when Jake asked if Chelsea had a slip in them, Gerrard finally realising he was on deadly ground and under siege and giving him a look that suggested one more word and he'd come at him like Steven Seagal.

A slip-up by the referee in not giving Raheem Sterling a penalty in the game raised the ire of Ruud Gullit later on Match of the Day, where earlier we had been told by Gary Lineker that Will Ferrell was at Anfield and our "anchorman was Steve Bower".

"In Italy I learned that you have to go down if you feel it," said Gullit after the City game and minds boggled as to what he was on about, but he added that "in England they say it is cheating, this is the reason why people are diving because when you're honest you don't get what you deserve".

Indeed, the Italian job is much different than in Britain where falling Sterling is nothing new, except when he doesn't.

And those who think Ruud is wrong, well, you're all living in la la land.

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