Jan 18 2013 By Paul Warburton
ARGENTINA played Bayern Munich this week – and the winners were QPR. The most unlikely of fixtures took place in Loic Remy’s house in Marseille, and the nearest thing to a pitch was virtual reality on the French striker’s computer screen.
The record £8m signing was Bayern, and Rs chairman Tony Fernandes assumed the role of the double World Cup winners with a PlayStation console between them.
Whether Fernandes suffered a diplomatic defeat or whether he just wasn’t that good is irrelevant. The bonding session during the FIFA games netted new hope at Loftus Road, because it convinced Remy to sign on the dotted line, as he explained.
“I don’t know I should say what the results were because he (Fernandes) might be angry,” said Remy. “But him coming to my house will be one of the great memories.
“We played two games of FIFA and I won them both. But he’s quite good and he would certainly be a match for some of my friends. He chose Argentina and I was Bayern Munich.”
Remy has rebuffed ideas he signed mostly for millionaire Fernandes’ money, but because he is up for the QPR fight against relegation.
However, his team-mate at Marseille, one Joey Barton and currently on loan from Rangers, has already dispensed a few pearls of wisdom over the strength of the Premier League.
Remy explained: “QPR is in a bit of a tough situation.
“I spoke to Joey Barton and he told me every game is very difficult. The top side can beat the bottom as we saw when QPR beat Chelsea recently.
“So I’m ready for a battle. I’m ready for a war, and ready to give everything I can. I work hard, quick, and I’m good in the air, and I’ve come to score goals.”