" But I was watching the television at that moment, and I was gobsmacked."
Andre Villas Boas showing flashes of Jose Mourinho channeling that man's legendary persecution complex. It was getting entirely too sedate at the top. Where are the legendary spats witnessed between Rafa Benitez and Sir Alex? Wenger and Mourinho? The Premiership is tamer than a neutered cat on Prozac.
Using "gobsmacked" also means the 34 year old AVB separates himself from the present lot of greybeards patrolling the sidelines using words like "indignant" or "out of place". It should earn him some accolades from the younger brigade at Stamford Bridge.
Besides "gobsmacked" is a perfect putdown of Gary Neville, an irritating gnat who needs a lot of putting down in his role as a Sky Sports pundit.
The last time anyone was gobsmacked was when Susan Boyle won Britain's Got Talent.