World Football Quotes of the Week: Rio the Madman and Reaction to World Cup Draw

Laura Greene@@Greene_LFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

World Football Quotes of the Week: Rio the Madman and Reaction to World Cup Draw

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    With a full complement of midweek Premier League fixtures and the small matter of the 2014 World Cup draw, it's been a busy week in football.

    We've selected some of the best quotes from the last seven days of action, including: "The ball does not sweat"—Fabio Capello's advice to Italy.

    Roy Hodgson also makes comparisons between England and Forrest Gump while Brendan Rodgers takes his Liverpool inspiration from an unlikely source.

    You'll also find angry tirades from Gabriel Batistuta and Andre Villas-Boas, with Rio Ferdinand open about turning into a "madman."

    There's all that and much more. Let us know your favourite quotes of the week in the comments section below!

Andre Villas-Boas Hits out at 'Driven Agenda'

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    Following last weekend's 2-2 draw against Manchester United, Andre Villas-Boas was on the offensive—accusing Tottenham Hotspur's former chairman Alan Sugar of having a "driven agenda."

    This came after comments made on talkSPORT, in which Sugar appeared to criticise the Spurs manager. 

    As reported by Sam Wallace in the Independent: "Sugar said that he 'did not understand' Villas-Boas' tactics and that he hoped his 'good friend' [Sir Alex] Ferguson could be tempted back into management by Spurs."

    Villas-Boas hit back on BBC Radio 5 Live, via, with this:

    It's a very driven agenda by somebody that doesn't honour the club, neither myself nor my players. It's their team, their passion and they don't trade it for anything else, not like Alan Sugar who trades it for money.


Capello: 'The Ball Does Not Sweat'

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    Russia manager Fabio Capello gave some important advice to the Italian national team this week, when the World Cup draw was made in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil.

    The Azzurri were drawn in Group D with England, Uruguay and Costa Rica and will play their matches in Manaus, Recife and Natal.

    The trio of host cities are located in Northern Brazil, in regions known for their hot and humid climates.

    And the former England manager told Sky Sports Italia (via
    "Italy are playing in the north. They have to use the ball well, because as has been said before – the ball does not sweat."

    England, take note.

Pellegrini Rates Aguero Above Suarez

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    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini indulged in a spot of "my player's better than your player" this week, when comparing Sergio Aguero to Luis Suarez.

    At the time of writing, Suarez is the Premier League's leading goalscorer with 14 goals, to Aguero's 12.

    The Liverpool striker is having an outstanding season, yet Pellegrini still rates his forward as the better of the two.

    On, he said:

    I think there are others who are better strikers, but they are not as complete a player as (Aguero) is.

    He is the most complete player in the Premier League.

    Suarez is a very important striker, but I think Sergio gives more to the team.

Batigol 'Infuriated' by Balotelli

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    Legendary Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta did not hold back when he was asked about Mario Balotelli this week.

    The former Fiorentina and Roma star told Corriere dello Sport, via, that "Super Mario" is wasting his potential. He said:

    He's the kind of player who infuriates me. I was not born a footballer like him. I achieved what I did because of all the hard work I put in. I had to make sacrifices. Balotelli, and a few others, have everything that I would have liked to have. It angers me that he does not use his talent to his full advantage.

Brendan Rodgers Compares Liverpool to a Soap Opera

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    Heard the one about Brendan Rodgers taking inspiration for his football management from Coronation Street? No, really...

    The Liverpool boss recently paid a visit to the set of the long-running, Manchester-based soap opera and reflected on how the experience could help him at Anfield.

    He was quoted by the Daily Mail's David Kent, as saying:

    This is a programme that has been successful for 53 years

    I took a bit away in terms of relating it to my own job. To see how something is put together through effort and hard work.

    You look at the production staff, the cameramen, the actors, actresses and extras. Everything is there to make it work.

    It's the team behind the team. We'll see in May how good our own soap opera is!

Rio Ferdinand: Turning into a 'Madman'

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    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand appeared to criticise David Moyes this week, saying that the manager's team selection policy turns him into a "madman."

    The 34-year-old suggests that naming the squad earlier would help to prepare him mentally and physically.

    Ferdinand told BT Sport, via Jamie Jackson in the Guardian

    This manager's a bit different in that he doesn't name the team beforehand. You don't really get to know the team. The old manager used to give you a little bit of an idea if you'd be playing and stuff.

    When you know you're playing, the intensity goes up a little bit more on match day. That's what you need to try to make sure you're doing, even if you don't know you'll be playing – to try to get to that intensity you'd be at when you know you're playing.

    It's hard. It's hard to do that mentally because you spend a lot of nervous energy thinking: 'Am I playing' or 'Am I not playing?' and you're just going round in circles in your head and turning into a madman.

Mourinho Reacts to Defeat Against Stoke City

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    Jose Mourinho was not a happy man, following Chelsea's trip to Stoke City on Saturday.

    At the Britannia Stadium, the Blues' manager saw his side slip to their third Premier League defeat of the season, while the hosts ran out with a 3-2 victory.

    Following the away loss, Mourinho kept it simple with his post-match analysis. He told Sky Sports

    I don't feel very comfortable to tell you exactly what I think about the game. I prefer to be simple and pragmatic and say that we scored one goal less than them and we lost.

    I can't analyse with you certain aspects of the game, or individual performances.

Gerrard: Suarez Up There with Messi and Ronaldo

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    Following Wednesday's demolition of Norwich, Steven Gerrard has said that Luis Suarez can become as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Uruguayan striker bagged four goals in Liverpool's 5-1 win against the Canaries, including this amazing 40-yard strike to open the scoring.

    Gerrard was quoted by the Mirror's Paul Gorst, as saying:

    You have seen a world-class performance, probably one of the best individual performances I've seen at Anfield - and I've been playing here a long time... I think he's getting so close to the main two, Ronaldo and Messi.

    If he keeps going, I think he can catch them. His fourth goal was average and it was a 30-yard free-kick!

Hodgson on England and Forrest Gump

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    This season, we have already seen former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall compare Joey Barton to Forrest Gump.

    The 1994 film made an appearance in football parlance again this week, when England manager Roy Hodgson compared it to England's World Cup draw.


    Hodgson, quoted on, said: "We will hope for our best but it is like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates. We will open it up and see what we get, then try and digest it."


Valderrama, Farc and 'The Colours of the Mountains'

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    This week, the BBC reported that Colombian rebel group, FARC, have agreed to play a match for peace against a side that will include Carlos Valderrama.

    The former Colombia captain has joined a state program which aims to help the victims of armed conflict in the country.

    Upon agreeing to the peace match, which has been set up to help reconciliation between the rebel group and the Colombian government, FARC produced an open online letter. They said:

    The members of our fronts and companies organise merry, informal games in which dribbles, overhead and scorpion kicks and goal saves camouflage themselves into the colours of the mountains.