The Week in Quotes
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“If Pep told me to throw myself off the third tier of Camp Nou, I'd think, 'there must be something good down there'.”
Dani Alves on Pep Guardiola

"Arsenal, a big club like that, have won nothing for five years. For me, it's a crisis, it's ridiculous. People get knocked out by Arsenal's play, but in the end, what is there? There's nothing. No trophies, nothing."
Patrice Evra on title rivals Arsenal

“Due to the way the Brazilian people have treated me, I support Brazil too. I support my own country, but if Argentina can’t become champions then I want it to be Brazil.”
Dario Conca, Fluminense’s Argentinian playmaker

“Why are my free-kicks off target? Ah, they need to change the football! That said, my feet are getting old too!”
Francesco Totti on his free-kicks

“I had about 20 people coming from various places to watch the match. One mate was coming over from America and it was going to be his first game of football, or soccer as they call it. Unfortunately we had to take him to Wigan instead!”
Ian Holloway on the postponement of Blackpool’s meeting with Manchester United

"He is quicker with the ball than most others are without it."
Rudi Voller on Bayer Leverkusen’s Sidney Sam

“Mario got a slap and a shoe in the face. But when he had his operation, I was in hospital at midnight to keep him company and get him snacks from the machine.”
Marco Materazzi on his relationship with Mario Balotelli at Inter Milan

“Marseille and Fenerbahce fans are just as passionate as each other and they both make an awful lot of noise. If anything, it’s even more amazing here because the stadium’s got a roof, which means you can really feel the decibels.”
Mamadou Niang of Fener to FIFA.com

“Manchester United and AC Milan are clubs that make me dream.”
Andre Ayew of Marseille

“I chose Xavi and Iniesta – I hope Messi will understand. Messi is the best in the world, but I prefer them.”
Iker Casillas on the FIFA Ballon d’Or

“Casillas of Real Madrid, Chelsea's Cech and Buffon of Juventus are world class. Julio Cesar of Inter Milan is also good. And Manuel Neuer can get into that category. I think he will become world class. But he has to take the next step and join one of the great clubs.”
Oliver Kahn gives his appraisal of Manuel Neuer

“It’s very nice and very flattering to have fans and for anyone to consider you their idol. It’s a dream that I’ve been chasing and one that, thanks to God and a lot of hard work, has come true.”
Neymar to FIFA.com

“That match was an incredible and fantastic experience, despite the result. We played in a wonderful stadium and had a shot at winning the most precious Trophy of all, with the eyes of the whole world on us and an entire nation rooting for us. I’ve got no regrets, just an overwhelming desire to give it another go in 2014.”
Wesley Sneijder to FIFA.com on the Netherlands’ 1-0 loss to Spain in the South Africa 2010 Final

“I feel like Jesus. When I bought Lazio, I did as Jesus did and drove the merchants from the temple.”
Claudio Lotito, Lazio president