The Week in Quotes
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“I’ve got a plan to stop him: it’s called a machete! Plan B is a machine gun!”
Sir Alex Ferguson on how he planned to negate the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo

"Three weeks ago it seemed like Disney at Barça. Now it's like the House of Terror!”
Javier Mascherano

“The best in the world? Yes. Probably the best ever. I saw Maradona a couple of times. I never saw Pele. But Cristiano is amazing. This man is the best.”
Jose Mourinho on Cristiano Ronaldo

“I know that he has always dreamed of meeting me. I asked him to wait a bit – Los Angeles was a bit far – so he decided to come to Paris Saint-Germain to get closer to me. I appreciate his effort.”
Laure Boulleau, the left-back from Paris Saint-Germain’s women’s team

"Gaz is up there with Ronaldo and Messi in terms of ability. He's probably the best in the world for me right now. Some of the things he does would have Ronaldo blush.”
Michael Dawson on Gareth Bale

“I am reading the biography of Pep Guardiola. I'm going to take a big time out and visit people like Marcelo Bielsa at Athletic Bilbao. I have a huge affection for him. There is no one better than Jose Mourinho for how he cherishes his players, and their affection for him is unique. I want to become one of the greatest managers that has ever lived. Why not?”
Craig Bellamy

"Magath was right when he said this is the best Bayern ever. The defensive core of the team is superb and they have incredible options in attack. I played at Bayern for 14 years, but I cannot remember a similarly dominant team. A very interesting era could be on the cards. The Bundesliga could become pretty boring in the years to come. Bayern have a realistic chance of winning the treble."
Oliver Kahn

"Barcelona, in possession, is a Ferrari."
Fernando Vazquez, Deportivo coach

"I tell Luis all the time that he always does the same thing: he tries to do nutmegs. It's always 'megs, 'megs, 'megs. And you just know that he is going to do it but you can't stop him. When you know someone, you can know what they are going to do, but he's still a very difficult player to train against. He scores so many goals in training. It's like with Messi. Everyone says Messi is going to cut inside all the time, and you know that he is going to do this, but you can't stop him from cutting inside and scoring goals. With Luis and nutmegs it's the same.”
Jose Enrique on Luis Suarez

“It was an unbelievable night. It was very emotional. What the supporters did for me was massive, I’m never going to forget this moment. I don’t have words for it. The only word to describe it is unbelievable. On one hand I’m happy for Madrid to go through, but on the other side I’m sad because it’s not easy to forget. This was my home for six years, the people were very nice with me. It’s quite strange – in both games I felt a little shy in my game. It’s a feeling you cannot explain - it’s just a feeling. I support and I am with the white collar, so these feelings stay in this stadium, the Theatre of Dreams.”
Cristiano Ronaldo after Real Madrid’s elimination of Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League