"When the manager told me I was playing, I could hardly believe it. I'm still waiting for someone to pinch me now. I tried to relax and go to sleep in the afternoon, but I had all these images flashing through my mind. I was getting all these flashbacks too, of when I was a kid, growing up in South London – in Peckham, in Bermondsey, tough places – playing against the wall with my mates."
Ryan Bertrand on getting picked to start for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final

"We practiced it to death in training and Maicon kept hitting the bar. But he said to me, 'Don’t worry, the goal is bigger at the San Siro!'"
Andrea Stramaccioni on Maicon’s wonder goal in the 4-2 win over AC Milan

"I went through it all in 1999, when we lost so dramatically [against Manchester United] to goals in the 89th and 92nd minutes. That was unbelievably brutal, but I almost have the impression this evening is somehow even more bitter, brutal and basically also unnecessary. The pain is unbelievable. It's been one of those evenings when you ask yourself: wouldn't it have been better to stay at home and not have to go through this?"
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Bayern Munich’s shoot-out loss to Chelsea

"To everyone who has asked... as if it wasn't unlucky enough, it IS my ring finger and also my first ever broken bone!"
John Ruddy, the England goalkeeper, on the broken finger which has ruled him out of UEFA EURO 2012 and put a dampener on his wedding

"Gary can talk, but don't think for one minute he was as influential in the dressing room as people might think he was. Gary would say his piece, but he wasn't running the show – far from it. So don't think for one minute he will be going into England and calling the shots."
Roy Keane on former team-mate Gary Neville following the latter’s appointment to the England coaching staff

"The fact that an Englishman has an Argentinian as an idol is something very rare. I keep watching the goal that I scored against QPR and every time that I do, I get more emotional. I have no intention of joining another club. My plan is to stay here because City can measure up with Real Madrid, Barcelona and the likes. I am convinced that City will be at their level."
Sergio Aguero

"Individually, my season has been a perfect 10. Collectively, it's been a nine as we could have won more titles, like the Champions League. My goal is to do even better next year. I know that it will be very difficult to score more than 46 goals in La Liga, but anything can happen in football. I really believe that I can still improve. I know that it's hard because of all the records I beat, but you never know."
Cristiano Ronaldo

"I’ll have time to think about what I want to do when I grow up."
Alessandro Del Piero on how he plans to spend his retirement

"I have said before that Roberto is cut from the same cloth as Sir Alex, and people thought I was being a balloon. But the top managers handle themselves in a certain way, and we have seen over the past two years that Roberto has what it takes to make the big decisions. He knows how to handle top players and big personalities. They don’t frighten him one bit. Tactically he’s very good at setting the team up and changing things during a game. If things aren’t right he will pick up on it straight away."
Brian Kidd compares Roberto Mancini to Sir Alex Ferguson