World Football Quotes of the Week: Simeone Thanks His Players and Their Mothers
It has been another momentous seven days in football, as we found out who the Champions League finalists are as well as discovered promotion and relegation issues.
As ever, the main protagonists in the game have had plenty to say, but just who said what over the seven days?
Here are the best World Football quotes of the week:
Carlo Ancelotti: 'Real the Most Important Club in the World'
Real Madrid brilliantly reached the Champions League final in style on Tuesday night as they hammered Bayern Munich 4-0 at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their last-four tie.
Both Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real powered to a 5-0 aggregate win, and coach Carlo Ancelotti was in a bullish mood at full-time.
The Italian told Real's official website:
I am lucky to coach the most important club in the world and I have to do everything I can to get the best results.
They provided the quality and the result was a perfect match. I would like to thank the players and everyone. After a 12-year absence Madrid is back in a Champions League final and that's good for everyone.
Xabi Alonso: 'With Time I'll Forget It'
The only sour point from Real's evening, though, was the yellow card picked up by Xabi Alonso, which will rule him out of the final against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon on May 24.
Alonso, who won the Champions League and scored in the final as Liverpool came back from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan in 2005, was upset at the decision and feels that the rule banning players for three yellow cards in the competition is unfair.
He told Real's official site:
It's a shame not being able to play in it but I hope my teammates will win it and with time I'll forget it.
More than being an unfair card, I think it's an unfair rule. The road to the final is very complicated.
Stefan Effenberg: Franck Ribery Is in 'Crisis'
Bayern's fall to Madrid in the semi-final led to an inquest into Pep Guardiola's mindset and tactics, but plenty were also looking at the players for failing.
Former Bayern and Germany midfielder Stefan Effenberg laid the blame at the feet of Franck Ribery, with the Frenchman, third in last year's Ballon d'Or vote, not living up to expectations recently.
Effenberg told Goal.com:
They lacked a change of pace against Madrid. They want to pass the ball in front of the box like in handball.
What’s more, Ribery is not in as great shape as last year. Their game stagnates because of his crisis.
Diego Simeone: 'I Want to Thank the Mothers of These Players'
Atletico Madrid's players won plenty of admirers given the way they bounced back from going a goal down to beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge.
Manager Diego Simeone was full of praise for his team and those who brought them up.
As reported by the BBC, the Argentinean said:
I want to thank the mothers of these players because they gave birth to them with balls this big [gestures as if holding a football].
The reaction of the team will stick in people's memories.
As will that quote.
Antonio Conte: 'Mark Clattenburg Was Not Up to Standard'
Juventus saw their hopes of reaching the Europa League final in their own stadium dashed as Benfica held them to a fiery goalless draw in Turin, Italy, on Thursday, winning 2-1 on aggregate.
The hosts were denied a penalty when English referee Mark Clattenburg turned down an appeal for handball, and coach Antonio Conte called the referee's suitability for the match into question.
He told Reuters (via The Guardian):
Today there should have been a penalty, after the penalty not given for a foul on [Georgio] Chiellini on the first leg.
The referee allowed them to obstruct the play the whole game. Before the game he told us that he wouldn't stop play every time a player hit the floor, but that's what happened. We feel like we're not being taken seriously, and Uefa should show us more respect by sending a referee of the required standard.
Spiritual Healer: 'I Can Keep Hamburg Up'
Hamburg turned to spiritual healer Joseph Kuhnert in a bid to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga, following a positive impact he had on the club in a previous spell in 2007.
According to Jamie Sanderson of the Metro, Kuhnert said:
I bring body, soul and spirit back into harmony and accommodate the four elements.
I had a special coach who trained me in the storage of high energy mountain crystals. They will be arranged in certain patterns – the Flower of Life. Really, it’s pretty easy.
As it was on Saturday for Bayern Munich, who beat Hamburg 4-1 to push them closer to their first Bundesliga relegation.
Felix Magath: 'Fulham Players Not Good Enough to Stay Up'
Fulham's 13-year spell in the Premier League came to an end with a 4-1 defeat at Stoke on Saturday, and manager Felix Magath was quick to point the finger at his players.
Magath was one of three men to manage the team over the season, and he claimed that it was their worst display during his tenure, which led to them going down.
The German boss told the BBC:
There was no reason for that performance - it's the worst game since I've been here.
You can never say any player would like to see relegation, but they didn't fight enough, especially today.