The Week in Quotes
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"I'm the best player in the world. I really feel that way. You're finished if you don't believe in yourself. The fact that I've never won the FIFA Player of the Year award or the Ballon d'Or doesn't mean that I can't be the best player.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

"I'll just have a bacon sandwich, a cup of tea and take my dogs out. I've had ups and downs, life is a roller-coaster and I try not to get too down or go overboard. It was always going to be nervy. If people thought we were going to smash Milan out of sight, they've not been watching football. We were playing AC Milan, who are top of Serie A and have lost only three games all season, not Raggy-Arsed Rovers."
Harry Redknapp’s reaction to knocking out AC Milan following a tense 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane

"He is an excellent player, not just for Arsenal, but also for the national team. [But] he is lucky because we have many players in the second team like him, but he plays because there is no pressure at his club to win titles."
Josep Guardiola on Jack Wilshere

“I think that my play is based above all on good timing. That’s very important for a player like me who spends games right on the edge of offside, always ready to spring towards the opposition goal. After that, instinct helps a lot in terms of putting the ball in the net.”
Filippo Inzaghi tells FIFA.com the secret to his success

"He loves her and always says her music changed his life. When we were travelling around Australia in pre-season last year, he was listening to her music all the time."
A tongue in cheek Mikel Arteta reveals Everton captain Phil Neville’s 'obsession' with Celine Dion

''Ozil can have Real Madrid built around him for the next decade. He understands the game well, when to quicken the tempo, when to slow it down, when to pass short and when to hit it long. Zidane was an absolute legend and maybe it is too early to make a comparison but he has everything he needs to become a true world star.''
Emilio Butragueno on Mesut Ozil

“If I got an offer from Liverpool now, I believe I would reject it. If I did move, it would have to be Barcelona.”
Christian Eriksen, Ajax’s sought-after young Danish star

"Alexis' main weapon is his pace, but there's so much more to his game. I don't think he will stay much longer at Udinese following his most recent performances. I'm convinced that he will be better than me and Marcelo Salas."
Ivan Zamorano on Chile’s rising star, Alexis Sanchez

”In my opinion, he is worth as much as Messi. He has the same capabilities and potential. And I don’t even know how much Messi is worth."
Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo shares Zamarano’s high opinion of Sanchez

“I think too much when I’m in front of goal. I’ve got the keeper right in front of me and there I am thinking about whether I’ve committed a foul or if the assistant referee’s raised his flag. I always tend to go over the mistakes I’ve made, and I need to be more instinctive and concentrate on just hitting the back of the net.”
Alexis Sanchez himself isn't so impressed 

"Sometimes as a player he is amazing because he can do crazy things on the pitch. But outside of the pitch he can do crazy things, stupid things sometimes. He knows this because I talked many times with him last year. He is still young and sometimes he loses control."
Wesley Sneijder on Mario Balotelli

"The truth is we dominated Arsenal - a team that normally want to have the ball and want to attack, but Barcelona did not let them. It surprised us a bit that they did not play with more joy, more attacking flair. They had a one-goal advantage and they set themselves up to protect that, but it did not work out for them. We could have finished the game sooner."
Xavi on Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League win over Arsenal

"I take full blame for the result tonight. One of the worst moments of my life. I apologise."
Cesc Fabregas takes responsibility for the Gunners’ defeat on twitter

"We’re top of the group on ten points. We have to believe we can go on and do it from here. It would be a dream come true for our nation. We have the quality to qualify, and we know that.”
Montenegro’s Elsad Verotic tells FIFA.com that his team can reach UEFA EURO 2012

“When a player such as David Beckham or Roberto Carlos steps up to hit a free-kick, they don’t just mindlessly aim to hit the back of the net – they also calculate narrow angles and aerodynamics. Every footballer uses geometry, aerodynamics and probability to perform at their peak”
Dr Ken Bray of the University of Bath, after analysing free-kicks, penalties and goalkeeping techniques 

"I think he looks like Dunga when he plays in midfield. He has quality, he can play as well, hold the ball and win it."
Heurelho Gomes on compatriot and Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Sandro

“Every time I take to the pitch, I am getting better and everyone can see that. I'm back to being myself, the Karim from Lyon - only better."
Karim Benzema

“We are now one of the best eight clubs in Europe. Teams from Ukraine and Russia are getting better all the time... People may not have thought much of us in the past, but now they will have to take notice."
Shakhtar Donetsk star Willian on the Ukrainians’ rise

“The vision will be the same – to shoot for the stars. The DNA of the old Cosmos is still there.”
New York Cosmos Executive Terry Byrne tells FIFA.com about the club’s rebirth