WF Quotes of the Week: “I Did Everything Within the Laws to Get Him to Paris"
It is that time again when we pick out the most eye-catching and captivating quotes from the past seven days on Planet Football, a week that has been full of drama, intrigue and spellbinding matches which have caught the imagination.
And so these are the standout lines from across the world game in the week that was …
Call Him St. Luis from Now on
Ibra’s Just Champion
Paris Saint-Germain midfield player Marco Verratti lavishes high praise on his skipper at the Parc des Princes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, following yet another moment of brilliance from the mercurial Swede.
"He is not only a champion, he is a genius of football. He invents things," Verratti said, per Goal.com (via Le Parisien). "Look at his back-heeled goal against Bastia; maybe other players are capable, but only one person in the world thinks it."
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira reveals exactly what the reason was for his infamous bust-up with his opposite number from Old Trafford, Roy Keane, in the tunnel at Highbury all those years ago, per James Boyland of the Metro:
"I started it. I was cool, I was really calm, I was smiling at him - and then he lost it. When we played at Old Trafford, his (Gary Neville's) tackling was flying on Robert Pires and he was doing it on purpose. I said, 'Listen, we are not at Old Trafford here, this is Highbury. If you touch Robert, I will come after you'."
Kagawa Can’t Stomach United’s Loss to the Magpies
Manchester United manager David Moyes explains just why Japan midfield player Shinji Kagawa was unable to take part in the club’s shock 1-0 loss to Newcastle United in the Premier League at Old Trafford last weekend, via Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail:
“He was sick. He thinks he ate too much, and he had to get his stomach pumped."
Gala’s Champions League Clash with Juve Was Snow Joke
Galatasaray midfield player Felipe Melo gives a rather comical account, via Eurosport, of the Turkish champions’ abandoned group-phase UEFA Champions League clash with Juventus in Istanbul on Tuesday night:
"The game was like this: Galatasaray with the ball, penguin passes to penguin, who launches it to penguin (LOL). Too much snooow!"
Titi Praises Gunners' New Boy Ozil
"I would have loved to have played with him. He reminds me of Robert Pires. He will share the ball. He can find a guy who is quick, a target striker. He can play any type of ball. He has the thing you want from a midfielder: He has time. It seems like he is playing on his own in his garden.”
It's Just Like Watching Ronaldinho
Tottenham Hotspur midfield player Sandro gives a glowing recommendation of compatriot Philippe Coutinho ahead of Liverpool’s trip to White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, per Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports:
“He doesn't move a lot - but his passing! You think he is going to pass here and he passes there instead. He does the same as Ronaldinho. You think he's going to do one thing and he does something completely different. He changes. Ronaldinho was the best player but I think their style is similar.”
Talk About the Pot Calling the Kettle Black...
Onetime Manchester United skipper Roy Keane offers a typically blunt view of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s own assessment in his recently published autobiography of the Irishman's man-of-the-match performance in the second leg of the Red Devils’ UEFA Champions League semi-final at Juventus in 1999, per the Press Association (via The Guardian):
"Stuff like that almost insults me. I get offended when people give quotes like that about me. It's like praising the postman for delivering letters."
Scolari Sets Sights High
A bullish Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on what he is expecting from the five-time world champions at next summer’s World Cup, in which the Selecao are hosting, via Goal.com:
"If we are playing in Brazil there is no other way: we have to win the World Cup. I am not afraid to say that because that is the message I want my players to understand. Brazil are going to win."
Ex-Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo reveals the mega-rich Ligue 1 champions’ massive efforts to lure Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from the Spanish to the French capital.
"I did everything within the written laws to try to get him to Paris but it was impossible to make him leave Real Madrid,” Leonardo said, via Sky Sports.