The Week in Quotes
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"I want to thank the mothers of these players we have at Atletico Madrid because they gave birth to them with balls this big."
Diego Simeone after his team reached the UEFA Champions League final

“Warmed up soup never tastes as good. Besides, would you take back a wife who cheated on you?”
Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Napoli president, on the possibility of re-signing Ezequiel Lavezzi from Paris Saint-Germain

"They parked two buses rather than one."
Brendan Rodgers on Chelsea’s tactics in a 2-0 win away to his Liverpool side

“I don’t think I have any hope of going to the World Cup now. I don’t think the Argentina coach’s satellite television is hooked up to watch Juventus.”
Carlos Tevez

“Mamma mia, I divide Italy in two! Amazing! While almost everyone overseas is united with me!”
Mario Balotelli

"His last speech before the team went on the pitch before the match against Norwich was spine-tingling in a way that I have only experienced from Sir Alex. It probably sounds rather naive and impetuous, and I understand people's scepticism about any conclusion drawn from the results of four workouts, a game and a day off, but to me we are dealing with a new Guardiola.”
Anders Lindegaard on Ryan Giggs as a manager

“Boskov made my youth extraordinarily beautiful. I imagine he’s up in heaven now. And if I remember rightly, he’ll be laughing already.”
Roberto Mancini following the passing of his former Sampdoria coach Vujadin Boskov


“Eden is the kind of player who is not so mentally ready to look back at his left-back and live his life for him. He's not the kind of player ready to sacrifice himself 100 per cent for the team and his mates.”
Jose Mourinho on Eden Hazard

“The most complete was Zidane. We had Cruyff, Zico was excellent, Socrates. Over the last ten years, even though we’ve had Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the most complete was Zidane.”
Pele on who has been the greatest player since he retired

“Everybody associates Brazil with football. We’re all used to seeing the Copacabana and other beaches filled with people playing on the sand and Brazil is considered such a football-crazy country, where the people basically live for the game. Being a footballer is as good as it gets for anybody in Brazil.”
Roy Hodgson to FIFA.com on why the 20th FIFA World Cup will be extra special

“I grew up in Europe and soccer was the first organised game I played. It’s a diversion for me, a mental respite. There are great storylines and no commercials. Watching soccer is my main hobby, really. I enjoy watching the free flow of it, the different styles, and the histories behind clubs. Houston is my team, always and forever. But with the new TV packages, it’s so easy to watch every league in the world and my overseas fandom is driven by the American guys. If Sunderland’s on TV, I’ll watch Jozy Altidore. I try to watch Geoff Cameron at Stoke. When Clint Dempsey was at Tottenham, I watched a lot of his games.”
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts quarterback

“I was in a state of panic on the day of my unveiling. To learn a line or two in Spanish was bad enough, but I dreaded the ‘show pony’ part where you are expected to juggle the ball for the media. When the ball was tossed to me I volleyed it into the crowd to give the people, who had come to welcome me, something to cheer about. Another ball was thrown to me so another supporter earned a memento from the day. There was no way I was going to attempt a trick and fail in front of the world’s media.”
Michael Owen on joining Real Madrid