Never does there go a week in the world of football where anything dull is uttered from the mouths of players and coaches alike. Sure, cliches infiltrate practically every facet of pre-match build-ups, but with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli in the media, there is more than enough material to keep the rumour mills ticking and media pumping.
And there were some absolutely brilliant quotes uttered this week.
Paris Saint Germain forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic jokingly compared himself to the great heavyweight boxer, Muhammad Ali when he discussed his impressive form with the Ligue 1 side with 11Freunde (via Goal.com): "I am the greatest! Wait, is that even possible? Alright, then I'm the greatest behind Ali!"
Still in France, Marseille striker Andre Ayew revealed that although David Beckham is a great player but personally, Ayew prefers his fashion ranges to his footballing exploits, telling reporters (via Goal.com): “It was not my dream to play against him. I enjoy his fashion more than his football, even if he does provide extraordinary assists and goals."
By all accurate reports in the media, it would seem that Barcelona's clash with AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League is all but over...at the very least, Tito Vilanova's men are regarded as heavy favourites heading into the match. Despite this, it would seem Jordi Roura does not believe the hype.
Roura told reporters that he believed both ties came into the match equal favourites (via Goal.com):
Are Barcelona favourites? You know the way I see it, Milan are a great team and it is not easy to play against them. The qualification will be decided in Barcelona. You cannot talk about favourites in a tie like this.
...talk about not answering a question.
Italy never fails to disappoint. Arguably, it is the most dramatic league off the pitch, and Juventus manager Antonio Conte certainly adds to that title. The Bianconeri boss had this to say about Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi when asked about how Juventus would stop Messi if they came up against the Catalan giants in the UCL (via Goal.com): "How do you stop Messi? With a gun!".
NEWS FLASH! Mario Balotelli is now proving a traffic hazard in Milan streets, after club president Silvio Berlusconi revealed that the Italian International has been stopped by countless Milan fans after his brilliant start to the Italian Serie A season (via Goal.com, h/t yahoo.com): "Balotelli has become a phenomenon, he is a striker who is a star, stops traffic around Milan."
Want a better love-story than Twilight? Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez certainly has that covered when he discussed the possibility of taking over Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu telling Radio Nacional de Espana (via Goal.com): "Real Madrid have a determined manager with a contract and this deserves respect. As a manager, you always have your sweetheart. I have a link with the fans and they have treated me well.
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