Steve McManaman on El Clasico

We knocked them out of the Champions League semi-final in 2002. We beat them 2-0 at their place in the first leg and the celebrations in our dressing room were incredible. It was mainly led by the Madrid-born players because they knew how big the victory was, so you fully understood it all then.

~ Steve McManaman, 5 October 2012

Steve McManaman reflecting on playing in El Clasico for Real Madrid. It’s more than a game.

 

Brendan Rogers on the gap between Liverpool and Manchester United

It does hurt when you’ve been a club of this standing for so many years and the reality is that you’ve fallen behind. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that. But it also brings great motivation and enhances my commitment to show that we’re going to fight to keep moving forward.

You can’t control everything but certainly what you can control is your spirit and the level to which you look to perform on the field.

~ Brendan Rogers, 22 September 2012

 

Patrice Evra on Patrice Evra

Football is like a pyramid. It is easy to reach the top of the pyramid but to stay there is the hardest part. It is too easy for people to say that now we have bought another left back Patrice Evra will have to fight for his place. Patrice Evra has always fought for his place.

~ Patrice Evra, 25 September 2012

 

ManCity and Real Madrid were beyond rational explanation

The frantic final 10 minutes were beyond any rational explanation.

~Michael Cox, 18 September 2012

Real Madrid and Manchester City played one of the most entertaining 45 minutes of football you’ll ever see in their group stages match of the Champions League. The final score was 3-2 in favor of Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winner in the 89th minute. The Guardian’s Michael Cox perfectly summarizes the frantic pace of the last 10 minutes in his post game analysis. Football is most engaging when the players move into a zone where instinct and training take over. The hours of meticulous planning by the coaches had been left behind. It was the experience and ability of the players that brought incredible drama and a thrilling finish.