Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez has jumped on his bantersaurus rex and engaged in a bit of creative persiflage at Tottenham Hotspur’s expense recently. Speaking to FourFourTwo, the Foxes’ star attacking midfielder replied to a question asking what he thought the funniest moment of the 2015-16 Premier League season was.
His answer? Tottenham, of course.
"The funniest moment [of last season]? I think it was when Tottenham were 2-0 ahead of Chelsea at half-time. All the team were at [Jamie] Vardy's house thinking 'we're probably not going to be champions tonight'.
"I was like, 'What's the point of coming today?!' and then 2-1, 2-2... it was funny."
Hmm, well, personally I thought the funniest moment was watching Chelsea purposefully tank their season to get Jose Mourinho fired, but to each their own, I suppose.
This is obviously a calculated and purposefully incendiary bit of trolling by Mahrez, and fair play to him I suppose. Spurs are going to have to live with the sting of falling apart during the thick of a title chase for a long time, and it’s completely natural for players and fans from opposing clubs to revel in that particularly juicy bit of schadenfreude.
That said, it’s usually not wise to purposefully poke the bear, and you’d have to think that Spurs players are going to have that quote tacked to the motivational bulletin board at White Hart Lane for the rest of the season. Or maybe Mahrez is just trying to cozy up to Arsenal fans in hopes that he can actually escape the club that’s in the knock-out rounds of the Champions League but currently 14th in the Premier League table.
See you on April 22, Riyad.