The Week in Quotes
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"Being a coach in Italy is like being a skydiver  who doesn’t know if his parachute is going to open.“
Claudio Ranieri

"Why do they only want to buy half of him?
Vincenzo Montella responds to being asked about Arsenal preparing a €30m bid for Juan Cuadrado

"Franck has a great chance of winning the Ballon d'Or. He certainly deserves it. He has thrilled us all with his outstanding displays at Bayern, not only with his dribbling but also with his work-rate. In 1990 I had the chance to play for two of the world’s best sides: Inter Milan and Germany. Team-work was the key in both of those sides, and Franck has learned that recently. My top three for the award would be Ribery, Lahm and Lewandowski, although I fear Messi may win a fifth in a row."
Lothar Matthaus on Franck Ribery

"Carlo Ancelotti was uncertain whether or not to play me or Alberto Gilardino in the Athens final, but I played and scored twice. Then I scored in the Super Cup final win over Sevilla and another two against Boca Juniors. Five goals in three finals, which were three of the most important finals, and we won all of them. Not even Messi or Ronaldo will achieve that. It's a record I will hang on to."
Filippo Inzaghi

"Is Zlatan better than Messi & Ronaldo? Currently I'd say he is. At 32 you know how to get the best from your talent."
Arsene Wenger

“When OM play at home, they shouldn’t accept not having the ball. They should be like 11 hungry dogs, pitbulls that need the ball when they are in the Velodrome.“
Bernard Tapie, former Marseille CEO

"Everyone around the club knew that he was special. He was making so much progress and when he went to train with the first team, some of those lads were talking about him. He has so much belief and confidence in his own ability, and that's hard to see in young players these days. He reminds me of Ronaldo when he arrived. He is doing incredibly well. He is already one of the key players in the team. He is a fantastic player and there is more to come from him."
Quinton Fortune on Adnan Januzaj

“Carlitos is a phenomenon. He is leader. He‘s a champion. He's irresistible when he gets to chase the ball – he never gives up!"
Pavel Nedved on Carlos Tevez

"I think I've gained most of my strength from the beard!"
Tim Howard on the secret behind his denial of Christian Benteke’s penalty

"I went to my room shortly after training and learned I’d been sacked through the media! I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.“
Fatih Terim on discovering he’d been dismissed as Galatasaray coach

“Wayne and Robin, on their day, will be a match for any player anywhere in the world, never mind just in this country. When those two are firing, they are the best. They’re both incredibly talented, both natural goalscorers.“
David Moyes on Messrs Rooney and Van Persie