The Week in Quotes
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“[Javier] Pastore is a more effective player if you ask me. He scores a lot of goals, plays a lot of decisive passes and I think he’s a more influential player.”
Michel Bastos to FIFA.com on whether he is the best player in Ligue 1

“This was an ode to football.”
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola on his side’s 2-2 draw with Athletic Bilbao

“[Javier] Zanetti was in the national side for a long, long time and he defined an era. I’ve always modelled myself on him and he’s a real example. To be taking his place is wonderful but a huge responsibility too, and my aim is to stay there for the next few years and make the place my own.”
Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta to FIFA.com

“I will evaluate all the players on the basis of what I see in training. My aim is to give a soul to this team. I believe in three things: work, work and work.”
Delio Rossi after becoming Fiorentina coach

“Asia for now is a kingdom of three kings, namely Australia, Japan and Korea Republic. But we must work hard to make them accept Iran as the fourth king and this is our goal for the near future.”
Carlos Queiroz, Iran coach

“We’re not going to Ukraine and Poland for the sightseeing, but to come back with the title.”
Yann M’Vila, France midfielder

“Sometimes he walks by and says that he likes my clothes, which is a good sign. It means I’ve passed the test!”
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Juninho on receiving fashion tips from David Beckham

“We concluded negotiations today. This tussle has been like that of Don Quixote but has ended well, with a concrete result, and that is that Neymar will continue to the World Cup, under a signed and sealed contract.”
Santos president Luis Alvaro Oliveira Ribeiro on Neymar signing a new contract

“By travelling abroad and having players in different leagues like the Premier League has enabled us to shed that complex that we always used to have when playing at international level.”
Vicente del Bosque, Spain coach

“I’d scored four goals in a game once or twice for Ajax, but never for the national team. I’m obviously really proud.”
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez on scoring four goals against Chile

“The cat is in the sack, but the sack is not closed. The cat is in it, but it's open - and it's a wild cat.”
Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni on the UEFA EURO 2012 play-off with Estonia, which his side lead 4-0 after the first leg

“I don't think tackling is a quality. It is something you have to resort to, not a characteristic of your game.”
Xabi Alonso, Real Madrid and Spain midfielder

“We're in the process of restructuring the national team by introducing lots of young players. We're in a bit of a transitional period.”
Jurgen Klinsmann, USA coach