World Football Quotes of the Week: Mourinho Is Angry, Dani Alves Is Thankful
As the various domestic football leagues reach their conclusions around the world, emotions run high and coaches and players can't help but speak from the heart.
For that reason there are several golden quotes from the past week that reflect the tense finish to the season that many teams are involved in.
Here are five of the best from the past seven days.
Free Jose Mourinho
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is nothing if not an original character, and he produced yet another unique press conference during the week.
After being charged by the English Football Association for his comments about referee Mike Dean and referee boss Mike Riley, the eccentric Portuguese gave a series of blunt responses to journalists' questions on Friday.
Mourinho went on to proclaim that he felt his liberty was being compromised, as reported by Martin Lipton in The Mirror:
You want me to laugh or to cry?
I can't say the truth because I don't feel free.
Every time I speak, there's a consequence.
Even when I think the referee is amazing, there's a reason to be charged.
So I don't feel free at all. If you want a better press conference, speak with the FA.
Muscat: Refs Not Paid to Think
During his career, which included stints at Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rangers and Millwall, Kevin Muscat earned himself a reputation as a no-holds-barred kind of footballer.
It seems age, and a switch to coaching, has not mellowed his temperament.
Muscat's Melbourne Victory side went down 1-0 to the Brisbane Roar in the A-League semi-finals on Sunday, but the firey manager was only interested in talking about a controversial incident in the final minutes of the game.
Victory midfielder Mark Milligan appeared to be taken down by Roar captain Matt Smith during a goalmouth scramble, but referee Strebre Delovski waved play on.
Muscat was not happy about this. He unleashed a tirade at the official:
At this level, to be so distanced from the game, and to get such a big decision wrong, we really have to analyse, and the FFA should really look into how we get this better, because from my perspective the referees need to be full-time if we're to be taken seriously. ...
It's beyond belief.
From where I was it looked like he put the whistle to his mouth, then basically bottled it.
Big crowd, home team, and he bottled it.
He told Mark Milligan he didn't think there was any contact.
He's probably not paid to think, he's paid to get the decisions right.
Dani Alves Thanks Idiots for Banana
Racism has reared its ugly head in La Liga once more, but this time Barcelona's full-back, Dani Alves, responded with extreme wit to outline just how foolish the actions of the culprits were.
When a banana was thrown onto the field at El Madrigal as the Brazilian was about to take a corner, he picked it up and ate it.
Here's what Alves had to say about the incident afterward, as reported by Joe Wright of Goal.com:
I don't know who it was, but thanks to whoever threw the banana, the potassium gave me the energy for the two crosses which led to a goal.
I've been living in Spain for 11 years, and for 11 years I've been laughing at these morons.
Boban Blasts Balotelli
Milan great Zvonimir Boban teed off at current star Mario Balotelli on Italian television on Friday, criticising the striker's unenthusiastic performance in his side's 2-0 loss to Roma during the week.
Talking on Radio Deejay, the former midfield general had harsh words for the Italian international:
It's a shame, he is a good guy, but he lacks self-criticism.
He will go along his path as always. We are paid to talk, but he doesn't seem to understand these situations.
His performance against Roma was shameful. He just walked around the pitch annoying all his team-mates.
Tata Martino: Football Means so Little
It was a tragic week for Barcelona, with former manager Tito Vilanova losing his battle to cancer.
Following his team's 3-2 win over Villareal on Sunday, current coach Tata Martino put the game in perspective, choosing not to speak about matters on the pitch.
Ryan Benson of Goal.com reports Martino's comments:
It's a sad weekend for Barcelona and for football.
Speaking of football, regardless of how the game went, seems inappropriate.
I just want to send a big hug and a lot of strength to the family of Tito.
In this case football seems to mean so little that to transmit it to a player seems out of place.
Secondly, it's a fact, my players showed a lot of strength.
All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.