World Football Quotes of the Week: Suarez Is Not a Demon, Blanc Is Not a Coach
The wonderful world of football brings us plenty of juicy quotes every week, and the past seven days have been no different.
Carlos Tevez had some interesting things to say about the standard of Serie A, Christian Gourcuff slammed a rival coach in France, and an Iraqi-born Australian, Ali Abbas, spoke out passionately against intolerance.
Here are five of the most interesting quotes from the last seven days.
Luis Suarez Is an Angel
In an announcement that may shock some people, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has revealed that he is not actually demonic.
The astonishingly gifted Uruguayan told French football program Telefoot that he is a nice guy on the inside, despite all the controversies that have plagued his football career.
Suarez also pointed out that he has a gift for languages.
Liam Twomey reports the comments on Goal.com:
I think I'm more an angel than a demon.
I'm very shy in life.
I always try to learn the culture and language of the country where I play.
I did it in Netherlands and now I speak English.
So if I play abroad in the future, I'll learn the language and I'll learn French if I play in France.
Tevez: Serie A Is the Toughest League
Well-traveled Argentine forward Carlos Tevez is making life in Italy look easy at the moment, having notched 15 goals to lead the league's scoring charts.
He maintains it's not as simple as it looks, however, stating this week that he believes Serie A to be the most difficult national club competition in the world to play in.
He did mention that he enjoys the lifestyle in Italy more than England, though.
Tevez said the following on Jtv's Filo Diretto, as reported by Juventus.com:
I've played in many countries, but the toughest championship is the Italian one because a great deal of emphasis is played on tactics here.
I like Turin, it's similar to cities in Argentina, with the exception of Buenos Aires.
I spent seven to eight years in Manchester and found life difficult there.
But it's been easy for my family and I to adapt to life in Turin.
Jose Mourinho Was in on Eto'o's Joke
Chelsea whipped four goals past Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o was in top form, scoring the first goal and winning the penalty that led to the second.
His celebration after he netted in the 54th minute involved some play-acting next to the corner flag.
Mourinho spoke of the celebration in the post-match press conference:
We knew about it and we thought it was more than fine because the best way to defuse the situation is to make fun of a funny situation.
It was good.
Some newspapers, they did great with Photoshop.
Now they don't need Photoshop, they just can put the real picture.
Gourcuff Accuses Fellow Coach Blanc of Not Being a Coach
Lorient manager Christian Gourcuff is apparently not a fan of Laurent Blanc's methods.
The Paris Saint-Germain coach does not do enough actual coaching, according to Gourcuff.
Goal.com reports that Gourcuff told Le Journal du Dimanche that Blanc's assistant, Jean-Louis Gasset, does most of the training of players:
To me a coach is someone who works on the training pitch.
However, there are coaches that do not do that.
Like Laurent Blanc at Paris, where it is Jean-Louis Gasset (Blanc's assistant) who trains (the players).
It is a model that does not please me.
Jose Mourinho has an influence on the training, Arsene Wenger too, but a coach who does not control that is, according to me, not a coach.
Ali Abbas Slams Vilification
A feisty Sydney derby ended on a sour note on Saturday night when Sydney FC's Iraqi-born midfielder Ali Abbas became incensed at some alleged comments from one of the Western Sydney Wanderers players.
What was said to Abbas has not yet been revealed, but the 27-year-old had to be restrained by his teammates as he furiously tried to confront some Wanderers players toward the end of the game.
Abbas, who sought and was granted asylum in Australia after an Olympic qualifier in 2007 before becoming an Australian citizen in 2012, had some poignant words to say when interviewed by Fox Sports immediately after the match:
We are not here to attack religion or culture, we are here to play football.
I come from a different country, I respect everyone here. I should get it back.
If I don't get it back, I'm going to attack. That's what happened. If people attack religion, if people attack culture — I'm against that.
We need to stop that.