World Football Quotes of the Week: Ancelotti Queries Ronaldo Boos, Kaka Eyes MLS
It has been another eventful week in football, as most countries enter the final stretch and with the big prizes coming into view.
This week, Manchester United boss David Moyes survived a unique attack on his tenure, Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood came under even more pressure and Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti questioned the logic of the Bernabeu fans who have started booing perennial idol Cristiano Ronaldo.
Here are some of the week’s more enlightened quotes.
Gullit Claims Van Gaal to Spurs Is a 'Done Deal'
Tim Sherwood’s tenure as Tottenham boss has been under intense scrutiny since his appointment after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.
However, the spotlight on him has increased after his side’s Europa League exit to Benfica and a disappointing run of results that has seen the White Hart Lane outfit slip out of the title race and eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
Now former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has thrown further doubt on Sherwood’s future by insisting Dutchman Louis van Gaal, the current Netherlands coach, is being lined up to replace the Englishman at the end of the season after a reported meeting between him and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
According to BBC Radio 5 live, Gullit said:
I know for sure he was at van Gaal's house, the chairman. I think it's a done deal, but you never know.
Ancelotti Baffled by Ronaldo Boos
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is mystified at the decision by some of the club’s fans to boo World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo during the side’s comprehensive 5-0 win over Rayo Vallecano at the weekend.
The Portuguese scored one and played a part in two as Real raced into a 3-0 lead, but the home crowd were not overly impressed when he elected to go for goal on two occasions with team-mates in better positions to score.
The fans were quick to let him know that his selfishness was not appreciated by booing and whistling when he was in possession late in the second-half.
But according to Ben Hayward of Goal.com, Ancelotti said the booing made "no sense":
I said before that I understand us being booed because sometimes that's what we deserved.
Now, though, I cannot understand it because we made a great effort and booing Cristiano makes no sense.
Kaka Targets Future MLS Move
The Rossoneri have struggled this season and under new manager Clarence Seedorf they find themselves languishing in 11th place on 42 points, a staggering 39 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus.
Kaka, who hit a brace on his 300th appearance for the club in a 3-0 win over Chievo on Saturday, admitted he will consider his future at the end of the season.
According to Joe Wright on Goal.com, he said:
In future I'd like to play in America. At the end of the season I'll talk to Adriano Galliani to understand his ideas and those of the club. If I were to leave, then I would like a transfer to the United States.
Moyes Hails 'Terrific' Old Trafford Support
Some frustrated Manchester United fans took their criticism of under fire manager David Moyes to new heights on Saturday when they flew a plane over Old Trafford displaying a sign that read: "Wrong one—Moyes out."
However, the Scot answered his critics with a comfortable 4-1 win over Aston Villa, despite falling behind to an early Ashley Westwood goal, and he was magnanimous in his praise of the crowd after the game.
In an interview on TheGuardian.com, Moyes reflected:
I have found that the support inside Old Trafford has been terrific and I think today, if ever there was a show of support for their football club and for their team, I thought it was today.
I thought inside Old Trafford it was terrific, it really was. The truth is I was focused on the game, that was my be all and end all, to make sure that we as a team and a club won the game today.
Rodgers Insists Liverpool Can Handle Pressure
Liverpool went top of the Barclays Premier League in emphatic style with a stylish 4-0 rout of Tottenham to put themselves in the driving seat with just six games to go.
Manager Brendan Rodgers, who has attracted widespread praise for his tactical transformation of the Anfield outfit since his arrival from Swansea City, believes his side will cope with the pressure during a difficult run-in which could see the club claim their first title of the Premier League era.
Chief title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea both come to Anfield during April, and Rodgers is confident his side can maintain their impressive winning run, now stretching to eight games.
According to BBC.com, Rodgers stressed:
There are still a lot of points to play for and there will be points dropped by all teams before the end of the season. We don't feel the pressure and we're very confident with how we play.
The dream is for our supporters, they want to win the title. It has been a long time but it's not in my thinking. We just need to prepare and do well, and if we do that, we will win games.
We feel we can win any game because we are a team, we have a lot of hunger and our tactical ideas are improving all the time.