The Week in Quotes
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"During the World Cup we were on the PlayStation constantly. It was always El Chori (Raul Albiol) and me against Sergio Ramos and Jesus Navas. They were Spain, we were England, and it got pretty intense. We always put Crouch up front and he scored loads. We bought ourselves England shirts. You'd be there in the Spain hotel and there were two guys in white, with 'Gerrard' and 'Crouch' on the back. When we drew Spurs I said to El Chori: 'We're going to get Crouch shirts to play in [on the PlayStation] – but this time real ones!’ It'll be a bit big on me, but still!"
Alvaro Arbeloa

"When I was a young lad at West Ham, I was more concerned about what piece of skill I’d pulled off against a forward rather than keeping a clean sheet. I had a great time when I was a kid. It was laugh-a-minute stuff, and maybe we were allowed to make more mistakes off the pitch than the young lads today. But these days, when you’ve come off the pitch with a clean sheet it’s a tremendous feeling. As long as you get a clean sheet, you’re happy. It’s a mentality I’ve grown into over the years."
Rio Ferdinand

“I'd never bring Jose Mourinho to Barcelona. It will take many, many years to find another coach like [Pep Guardiola]. To me he's the best coach in the history of Barcelona. It would be very difficult, if not impossible, for someone to be an improvement on him.”
Sandro Rosell, Barcelona president

“At the moment Roma is a princess and we want to make her into a queen.”
Thomas Di Benedetto, I Giallorossi’s new owner

“In 1996, Sao Paulo didn’t score from free-kicks. I told (first-choice keeper) Zetti to take them but he didn’t fancy it. I vowed to him that I’d score one free-kick for Sao Paulo or another team, so I started to practise them. I didn’t think I’d be allowed to take them in matches though, so when Muricy [Ramalho] let me in ’97, I was pleased. I’d practised 15,000 before I took my first free-kick in a match.”
Rogerio Ceni

“Thank God for Barcelona. They’ve shown that football is still football and that when you bring talented players together, amazing things can happen. I love watching them.”
Marcelo Gallardo to FIFA.com

“I thanked Sebastian [Giovinco] for the assist, even though I ran 20 metres screaming at him for the ball!
Alessandro Matri on his goal for Italy away to Ukraine

“He’s a born leader and knows football inside out. I’m not surprised by his success. He could coach Manchester United tomorrow - he’s that good. He’s everything the English look for in a coach. He inspires respect.”
Robert Pires on Laurent Blanc to FIFA.com

“I played for Germany from U-15 to U-21 level. That was proof of the special value they hold me in, but I always said I would pick Turkey in the end. I was born and grew up in Germany, but feel 100 per cent Turkish.”
Cenk Tosun on his decision to dedicate himself to Turkey at full international level

"I was twisting and turning, but honestly, I didn't know what I was doing, I was just trying to protect the ball. The English defenders are very intelligent, but they did not know if I was going to pass the ball. I thought they might push me down but they didn't, so I thought, ‘I've got a chance’ and I took it.”
Asamoah Gyan on his last-gasp equaliser for Ghana at Wembley

"When will I be completely satisfied? When we win lift the trophy at EURO 2012.”
Bert van Marwijk

“If you are not successful then you have to face the consequences. That is the way it is at Bayern. I think it is absolutely right.”
Philipp Lahm on the club and Louis van Gaal parting ways at the end of 2010/11

"Even I had not expected it. Our goal was to perform well and give a good account of ourselves. We had not thought of such a result.”
Holger Osieck on Australia 2-1 win away to Germany

"Drogba wanted to recover from injury in a big clinic in Paris, in the summer - I said no. I tried to release him and sign Adriano. Anelka, who never scored much against anyone, was my top scorer. Ballack was always a little angry because I had encouraged the signing of Deco. I wanted them to compliment one another, but I couldn’t explain that properly. I couldn't express myself the way I normally do in Brazil.”
Luiz Felipe Scolari on the problems he had as Chelsea manager

“Plan A is 9-1. This is the new football. The new system is to go forward with a lot of players and to defend with nine. Barcelona and Arsenal do it. If you want to win back the ball, you have to defend with a lot of players and attack the same.”
Fabio Capello on England’s new playing style

“I know where he puts the ball. The problem is that he knows that I know.”
Fernando Muslera, Lazio’s goalkeeper, on his compatriot and Napoli forward Edinson Cavani ahead of their crucial Serie A meeting

“Eden has everything to get to the top level. I'm not talking about Lille, but the real top level in England or Spain. He can change a match at any moment. But talent alone will not suffice. There are still moments of absence. The French press are sometimes blinded by his moments of magic. What they're saying about Eden today, they were saying a year and a half ago about Gourcuff. Today, with hindsight, can we be sure that they did Gourcuff a favour?"
Marc Wilmots, Belgium’s assistant coach, on Eden Hazard

“Mourinho is an exceptional coach, the best in the world. Redknapp has a similar technique. They know how to engage a group. Players want to win for them.”
Rafael van der Vaart

“I regret nothing. We all have things to learn from, no-one is perfect. Now we have to fight on the same side, at the top of the table.”
Teofilo Gutierrez after throwing a punch at Racing Club team-mate Mauro Dobler during a training session

“If Leonardo overtakes Milan the title race is over. I Nerazzurri would become like those American aircraft carriers that win all the wars - unassailable.”
Giovanni Trapattoni