johnnyrocket - MyTwoCents
sports briefs | Manchester City has a new star in Phil Foden, Brooks Koepka should not get distracted by sideshows and Novak Djokovic has not covered himself in glory recently.
A STAR IS BORN AND OTHER TAKE-AWAYS FROM BIG MAN CITY WIN
Manchester City's Phil Foden announced himself on the grand stage with a stunning performance versus Burnley last night. Two well-taken goals and some flash passing confirmed what Pep Guardiola has been telling us, but we hadn't really properly seen yet, that this kid is the real deal. England manager Gareth Southgate will be licking his lips.
OTHER NOTABLES FROM THE GAME:
1. "White Lives Matter" banner flown over the stadium by Burnley fans not appropriate and tone deaf. Burnley will ban them for life.
2. Man City have second place locked up and will continue to rotate their squad heavily to stay sharp and fresh for a Champions League push.
3. Man City now have the same goal difference (+45) as Liverpool but are 20 points behind which tells us how much they have dominated teams but lacked consistency. That also shows us that their defence is their biggest issue.
4. Sergio Aguero may be out for the season. He re-injured his left knee which would be a massive blow to City's said Champs League push.
5. Burnley manager, Sean Dyche, couldn't even field a full bench due to his board failing to resolve the expiring contracts of a number of first-team regulars.
KOEPKA AND FALDO TAKE JABS AT EACH OTHER
Brooks Koepka and Nick Faldo got involved in a little game of tit-for-tat during the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head over the weekend. Koepka weighed in on the to-mic-or-not-to-mic debate among players by saying that if the commentators just "shut up and listen" they would pick up a lot of player chat. Faldo then tested the theory out by remaining silent for 10 seconds following a Koepka tee shot ... and when nothing was said, he followed up with "fascinating stuff". Koepka then took the battle to twitter posting footage of him hitting a drive on a par-4 to within 3 feet and captioning it, tongue-in-cheek, "fascinating stuff".
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Faldo is the best golf commentator out there and his insights always add value. We definitely don't want him silenced. Koepka should concentrate on his golf instead of getting involved in these kinds of distractions - he already has a long-running feud with golf analyst Brandel Chamblee.
WHEELS COMING OFF THE NOVAK TRAIN
Things are going from bad to worse for Novak Djokovic following his ill-advised Adria Tour event that he hosted in Serbia recently. Grigor Dimitrov was joined by top-50 Borna Coric in having a positive Covid-19 test confirmed as well as two back room staff including Djokovic's physio. Djokovic was also filmed dancing at a post-tournament party with no social distancing or mask-wearing.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Anti-vaxxer Djokovic is the president of the ATP Players council and has set a really bad example. It has also put the restart of the tour in jeopardy and potentially compromised the livelihoods of many players. Dude should have known better for sure.