Premier League quotes of the season: Jose Mourinho, Maurizio Sarri, Charlie Austin and more
Last Updated: 16/05/19 9:29am
It's been an incredible year in the Premier League - but it wouldn't have been the same without some amazing quotes along the way.
Liverpool chased Manchester City all the way on the pitch, while off it there have rarely been more memorable moments.
Who could forget Jose Mourinho's three-fingered rant in August? Maurizio Sarri getting his analyst's laptop out during the Carabao Cup semi-finals in January was also a classic moment, as was Jamie Carragher's famous one-liner after Liverpool's late winner against Tottenham on March 31.
Here are the stars of this year's Premier League telling their story in their own words...
"I don't know why politicians don't do what the country wants, if I'm honest. They had a referendum and now we see different politicians and everyone else trying to put their foot in it … Why did we have a referendum in the first bloody place?
"I can't wait to get out of [the EU], if I'm honest. I think we'll be far better out of the bloody thing. In every aspect. Football-wise as well, absolutely. To hell with the rest of the world." - Neil Warnock contemplates a career in politics after Cardiff's goalless draw with Huddersfield, January 12.
"It's true it was someone from Leeds United. I am responsible for it. It doesn't matter if this is legal or illegal, or right or wrong... for me, it is enough that Frank Lampard and Derby felt it was not the right thing to do, for me to believe that I didn't behave well.
"Without trying to find a justification, I have been using this kind of practice since the qualifiers for the World Cup with Argentina. It is not illegal, we have been doing it publicly and we talk about it in the press. For some people, it's the wrong thing to do and for other people, it's not the wrong thing to do." - Marcelo Bielsa makes a stunning admission of spying on Derby training ahead of Leeds' game with the Rams, January 12.
"It is like a cow that, every day in 10 years, sees the train cross in front at the same time. If you ask the cow, 'what time is the train going to come', it is not going to know the right answer.
"In football, it is the same. Experience, yes, but hunger, motivation, circumstance, everything is so important." - No one knows what Mauricio Pochettino is talking about ahead of Spurs' crunch Champions League game with Inter, September 17.
"Just to finish, do you know what was the result? This [holding three fingers up]. 3-0, 3-0. Do you know what this is? 3-0. But it also means three Premierships and I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together.
"Three for me and two for them, two. So respect man, respect, respect, respect." - Jose Mourinho takes Manchester United's 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham in his usual retiring style, August 27.
"I saw the video from our camera a few minutes ago, it was offside," said Sarri. "Our camera was in line with Kane, and it was offside, but it's not important.
"With the head, it's offside. But it's not important. It was important that the linesman stopped the run, he didn't follow the ball, so he had a big influence on our defenders, and at the moment I think the English referees aren't able to use the system.
"If you're not sure with this system, you have to follow the ball, and at the end of the move you decide. In this case, he stopped. He didn't follow the ball, so for our defender it was offside." - Maurizio Sarri shows he might not be VAR's biggest fan after it upholds a penalty given against them in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg defeat to Spurs, January 8.
"Good afternoon." - Unai Emery opens his pre and post-match interview in friendly fashion, various occasions.
"Best day of my life. To come here for the first time as captain of Aston Villa and then score the winner - it's what dreams are made of, especially being an Aston Villa fan.
"Obviously there is rivalry in football but I don't think there is any place for that really. I just try and get on with my job in the end and I thought I did. I scored the winner and we came away with all three points.
"It was unbelievable in front of our fans. After what happened in the first half I think it was set up for it. Captaining the club here is something I dreamed of since I was a kid." - Jack Grealish reacts in the best way possible after he is punched by Birmingham fan Paul Mitchell in the Second City derby before scoring the winner at St Andrew's, March 11.
"I have had enough. At the minute, how I've programmed myself now, I just think that I've got five or six more years left in football and I just can't wait to see the back of it, seeing how things are done in the game at the minute.
"You see my manager (Mauricio Pochettino) get banned for two games for just being confrontational against (referee) Mike Dean at Burnley.
"But yet a country can only get fined a little bit of money for being racist. It's just a bit of a farce at the minute." - Danny Rose reflects on racist abuse aimed at him and his team-mates, a week after England's win in Montenegro, April 5.
"It's ridiculous. They shouldn't be in the game. They get a point. We scored a perfectly good goal to make it 2-0 and the game is done and dusted. We won the game, but the officials cost us two points today.
"They said it was offside. They said it hit Maya [Yoshida], but it didn't. I hit it twice. It hit me and bobbed up. That's why it has done [Ben] Foster. It's a joke.
"You go on about VAR this and VAR that, help the officials out. Clearly they need help. We play in the Premier League, the best league in the world, the most-watched league in the world.
"So give them all the help they need because clearly they cost us two points today. It's a joke." - Unlike Sarri, Charlie Austin can't wait for VAR after Southampton's controversial draw with Watford, November 15.
"I know if you see it from outside, I don't know how it went out, it is not the best image. I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood.
"I understand that on television, on social media, they're talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn't my intention to go against the manager.
"We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I'm fine. He thought I wasn't fine. It was in tense moments, with a lot happening." - Kepa Arrizabalaga maintains his public spat with Maurizio Sarri during the Carabao Cup final was a misunderstanding (he was later fined a week's wages), February 25.
"If this is true, we don't know if it's true, but if this is true, and Jose Mourinho is going to walk out at Old Trafford tomorrow almost like a dead man walking, those fans will absolutely turn towards that boardroom.
"It's unacceptable, and I have to say that Jose Mourinho will get the biggest support he's ever had in his life tomorrow in that ground. And I'll be there to give it to him." - Gary Neville reacts on Sky Sports to a Mirror story that Jose Mourinho will be sacked (he lasted another two months), October 5.
"Mo Salah, you little dancer!" - Jamie Carragher keeps himself impartial as Liverpool score a late winner against Tottenham at Anfield to move back top of the league, March 31.
"What will happen in Merseyside, as it did in Manchester all those years ago, is you will be walking down the street and people will be saying 'I think we can do it, go on let's do it this year'.
"You can be walking down the street, having a break and relaxing, and then all of a sudden your mind gets thrown back to the title and you can't get away from it. It just hits you every minute of every day." - Gary Neville on the new pressure Liverpool face as the title race hots up, February 24.
"I'm furious, to be honest with you, the fact Ole has had to go over and apologise for them. I've often said about clubs in the last seven years, if you've got weeds in the garden then you've got to get rid of them.
"But there is some Japanese knotweed at that football club and it is attacking the foundations of the house and needs dealing with properly." - Gary Neville takes aim at Manchester United's players after their 4-0 hammering at Everton, April 21.
"I wouldn't believe a word he says. There's no meaning behind it. I don't even think he believes what he was saying.
"If you're going to be a good team-mate, you need to run back when you're defending. It certainly got a bit heated after the game [last week]. I heard they were throwing their hair gel at each other because it got that heated!" - Roy Keane gives an indication of his feelings after Paul Pogba apologises for that "disrespectful" United performance against Everton.