If there’s one characteristic all players have it’s precisely that. They all have that gene, that competitiveness, the ability to overcome obstacles, to fight, a willingness to sacrifice. It might look easy to reach the top and stay there, to play for your country and win things, but it isn’t. All players that have achieved those things have that: the big ones, the small ones, the good-looking ones, the ugly ones, the nice ones, the not so nice ones … they all have that will to succeed.
~ Andres Iniesta, 9 Nov 2012
People rightly consider that Celtic use an anti-football system, but Chelsea have done the same and they are now champions of Europe.
~ Xavi, 4 November 2012
Celtic pulled out a historic victory of Barcelona, reminding everyone that an organized defense is a good idea. I really like that later in the same interview Xavi attempted to throw Celtic a compliment by saying, “And we know what the atmosphere will be like because Glasgow is a paradise for football but we are all experienced players and it will not worry us.” You mean, a paradise for anti-football, right?
All I know is that talking about who is the best player in the world should be banned because they are both from another planet.
Debería estar prohibido elegir quién es el mejor jugador del mundo porque estos dos son de otro planeta.
~ Jose Mourinho, 7 October 2012
After Real Madrid and Barcelona drew the latest El Clasico 2 -2, Jose Mourinho gave the great quote above about the two best players in the world, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored all four goals in the match. I’m not sure that football fans realize how good we have it. These two are quickly becoming the planet’s biggest superstars and we are watching it unfold.
Away from home our fans are fantastic, I’d call them the hardcore fans. But at home they have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches, and they don’t realise what’s going on out on the pitch. I don’t think some of the people who come to Old Trafford can spell ‘football’, never mind understand it.
~ Roy Keane, December 2000
After a Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev, Roy Keane had a few words to say to the fans at Old Trafford. Now fans who attend matches because they are fashionable not because they are really interested in football are referred to as The Prawn Sandwich Brigade.