The Week in Quotes
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“It was like a husband cheating on his wife, but seeing as he cares for her and doesn’t have the courage to admit to it, he climbed out the window.”
Massimo Moratti on Jose Mourinho leaving Inter Milan

“I think it needs to go to a player who has won the World Cup. Whoever wins it will need to have done something special. I would give it to Xavi or Iniesta.”
Fabio Capello on the FIFA Ballon d'Or

“I’m sure my father’s name will follow me until the end of my career, but I can understand that. If the son of Michael Jordan started playing basketball in the NBA, I would do exactly the same, looking and hoping that this guy plays the same way as his father. But it’s impossible. Jordan is Jordan, and in Korean football Cha Bum-Kun is Cha Bum-Kun.”
Cha Du-Ri to FIFA.com

“It's tough to take the place of someone who has won as much as Mourinho. One day whoever succeeds me at United will have the same handicap.”
Sir Alex Ferguson on the job Rafa Benitez faces at Inter Milan

“It was an incredible, indescribable feeling just knowing that the player you idolised is the one that’s going to be offering you advice on your play. It made me want to run till I dropped at training. I tried to take advantage of every single minute I was in his company.”
Lucho Gonzalez to FIFA.com on being named in Diego Maradona’s first Argentina squad

"I would be more suited to Inter Milan or Real Madrid. It wouldn't be a problem for me to manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time. Give me Manchester United or Chelsea and I would do the same.”
Sam Allardyce of Blackburn Rovers

“After the World Cup I was linked with many great clubs. But I stayed calm and prayed. I thank God that he showed me the way to Napoli, Hearing my name sung by many thousands of people was the strongest emotion I have ever felt in my life.”
Edinson Cavani

Cristiano Ronaldo can be selfish, but in the best sense of the word, because he was born to score goals. I have not had, nor do I have, nor will I ever have any problem with Ronaldo, because he is a great companion.”
Iker Casillas

“In France, players like Xavi and Iniesta would have had a hard time making it. Selection criteria are for big players, whereas in Spain it's the football that counts, the technical qualities. The criteria are not good enough in France.”
Laurent Blanc

“If I was a defender playing against Chelsea, I would be very scared.”
Jon Obi Mikel

“Definitely an American can coach oversees. I would say Bruce Arena can coach in the Premier League, or Bob Bradley.”
Jurgen Klinsmann

"I was very excited by our play. With such a performance we could play in the Premier League.”
Thomas Tuchel on his Mainz side’s 2-0 win over Cologne

“The problem is that passion alone is not enough. Other countries have caught up with us. They are also physically strong and technically better. We have to catch up with them technically."
Trevor Brooking on England

“Anything is possible in life, by remaining positive and giving your all, you can achieve your dreams. I certainly wasn’t the best player in my peer group when I started out, but I got there in the end, while others fell by the wayside. I just had a stronger will.”
Siboniso Gaxa to FIFA.com

"I admire Zidane’s skill with the ball and how dangerous he was close to the goal. My favourite goal of his was the one against Leverkusen in the Champions League final. It was a strike worthy of the World Cup. I dream about scoring a goal like that, but the most important thing for me is to reach the final and win it.”
Mesut Ozil

“Whoever nicknamed him Pitbull is extraordinary. He’s just like that, like a guard dog. When he sees the ball, he sees a prey.”
Claudio Borghi on his Boca Juniors midfielder Gary Demel

“With each match we are building towards 2014. We hope an Asian Cup title will give Iranian football the confidence to live up to its true potential on the global stage.”
Afshin Ghotbi, Iran coach, to FIFA.com

“For a long time, I have said that [Steven] Gerrard is one of the top three midfielders in the European game. Along with Michael Essien and Andres Iniesta, he has been the most difficult opponent I have faced over the years. Now I am his team-mate. I think we can combine well together.”
Raul Meireles

"I love using an offensive style. I want my players to entertain, feel the pleasure of playing, and bring the fans joy. I know it won't be easy after the defeats against England and Montenegro, but I believe we can finish second in our qualifying group.”
Lothar Matthaus on Bulgaria’s chances of reaching UEFA EURO 2012

“I’m in great form. Am I like Zidane? He was a unique player, a true champion. I can only hope to be like him in future.”
Javier Pastore

“I’m definitely happy to be here. The stadiums are always full and the atmosphere’s great. Playing here is a real challenge for me. I want to achieve as much as I can.”
Simon Kjaer to FIFA.com

“When I see the tricks and dribbles he does, I can see a bit of myself.”
Zinedine Zidane on his 15-year-old son Enzo

“Our mission is difficult but anything is possible. There is quality and motivation within the team. I want to be at the EURO.”
Paulo Bento on assuming the Portugal reins

“I honestly didn’t even know he wasn’t on the bench! It’s difficult sometimes because you are concentrating on the game, but I didn’t even know he was suspended. I only found out during half time.”
Tomas Rosicky on Arsene Wenger’s whereabouts against Tottenham

“Pastore is the prototype of the modern director. He reminds me of Gascoigne for England, Riquelme and Juan Veron in Argentina.”
Carlos Bilardo on Javier Pastore

“There is always banter flying about and it’s a really good atmosphere. One day people will have a go at someone’s clothes, then their taste in music – it is great to be amongst that.”
James Milner on life at Manchester City

"From a prestige standpoint, becoming coach of Real Madrid is like reaching the moon. It is the most important club in the world.”
Jose Mourinho