Saturday, 8 December 2018

Dennis Bergkamp - 10 Best quotes by the non-flying Dutchman

Denis Bergkamp is rightly one of the greatest players of his generation. Popular for his magical first touch on the pitch and professionalism of the pitch he was  undoubtedly a true football gentlemen. He is considered by some as the greatest Arsenal player with his only flaw being his fear of flying.
Non flying Dutchman
Dennis Bergkamp

Here are his best quotes.

On his favourite type of goal

 "When I played in Holland, I always tried to lob the goalkeeper. People used to say, 'Oh, you're always only trying to make a nice goal'. But I said, 'Listen, if the goalie is a little bit off his line, how much space do you have on his left or right?' It's not a lot. 'And how much space do you have above him?"

On being a football fan

"When you start supporting a football club, you don't support it because of the trophies, or a player, or history, you support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong"

On his fear of flying

"It got so bad I would look up at the sky during away games to see what the weather was like. Were there any clouds coming? Sometimes I was preoccupied by the flight home while I was playing football. It was hell"

On life as a footballer

 "I love the balance I have as a Football player. I come in and train in the mornings, and in the afternoon I live a very ordinary life"

On joining Inter Milan

 "I've made a lot of big decisions on feeling, on instinct. And that was one of them. And, you know, maybe it was the right decision in the end. I didn't enjoy it, but I learned a lot at Inter. It was the making of me in a way. I would never have had the career I did at Arsenal if I hadn't been there"

On his goal against Newcastle

 "Ten yards before the ball arrived I made my decision: I'm going to turn him. I knew where Dabizas was. The thought was, 'just flick the ball and see what happens'. Maybe he'll block it, or the flick won't be wide enough, or he'll anticipate and get two yards ahead. Or maybe he'll be surprised and I'll be one or two yards in front of him. As it happened, I still wasn't in front of him, so I had to push him off. So you need some luck as well"

On Thierry Henry 
"If you look at the whole package, with everything Henry has, I don't think you can find that anywhere else. You give him the ball in the right place and his acceleration will take him past any defender in the world."

On footballer's salaries 

"People can say the money doesn't really matter but it does show you how much a club respects you"

On Arsene Wenger
"Arsene Wenger's idea is not only to play good football. It's to play good football to win. In my day, we knew that with our style we could hurt teams and win trophies too. But we did it our way, with the positional game, passing, movement"

On being a Gooner 

"I really like Arsenal. But you, do you like Arsenal? Or just Arsenal with trophies?"


Jurgen Klopp - Best quotes

Jurgenn Klopp is one of the best tacticians in football. Evident from his time at Borussia Dortmund and now at Liverpool. Not only is he good at solving problems related to football but also answering questions posed to him by Journalists. In the process dropping some of the most outrageous one-liners. 
Liverpool Manager
Jurgenn Klopp

Here some of his best quotes.

On competing against Bayern Munich
"Go through the world and find me a team who can finish as champions in the same league as Bayern. If we should finish second this summer, I'll find a truck and drive it through my garden. If nobody will rejoice, I'll do it alone.

"We have a bow and arrow and if we aim well, we can hit the target. The problem is that Bayern has a bazooka. The probability that they will hit the target is clearly higher. But then Robin Hood was apparently quite successful."

On finally defeating Bayern 
"When Dortmund last won here 19 years ago, most of my players were still being breast-fed."

On Mats Hummels' injury problems
"We will wait for him like a good wife waiting for her husband who is in jail."

On Mario Gotze joining Bayern
"He's leaving because he's Guardiola's favourite. If it's anyone's fault, it's mine. I can't make myself shorter and learn Spanish."

On his slightly less successful playing days
"I never succeeded in bringing to the field what was going on in my brain. I had the talent for the fifth division, and the mind for the Bundesliga. The result was a career in the second division."

On the difference between himself and Arsene Wenger
"He likes having the ball, playing football, passes. It's like an orchestra. But it's a silent song. I like heavy metal."

On his 2012 hair transplant
"Yes, it's true. I underwent a hair transplant. I think the results are really cool, don't you?"

On signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan 
"Mkhitaryan fits us like an arse on a bucket. What he offers is exactly what we need."

On being compared to 'The Special One' Jose Mourinho 
"I am 'The Normal One'. I am a normal guy from the Black Forest. I was a very average player. I don't compare myself with these genius managers from the past."

Saying something nice about Alex Ferguson
"It's a big honour to talk to Sir Alex. For a manager it's nearly the best thing you can do, to sit there and listen. I needed 10 minutes to understand what he was saying and then it was OK. Maybe he is the greatest ever, the John Lennon of football or something like this."

On signing players
"If I spoke to a player now and he told me: 'If you were playing in the Champions League next year then I would be really interested,' I would put the phone down. That is what I would say to players. It is about pushing the train, not jumping on a running train."

Discussing transfer fees
"I read in Germany that there are still transfers in the Bundesliga for £5million. You can imagine that happening in England? No chance! Yet it is similar quality."

On Anfield
"I'm not a dreamer but I'm a romantic. I love the stories and Anfield is one of the best places in the football world. Now I'm here. I'm a lucky guy and really looking forward to the first match."

His say on 'The Neville brothers'
"The pundits, former players most of them, forgot completely how it felt when they got criticised. Especially the Neville brothers; the one who was the manager he obviously should know that too much criticism never helps.
"But he is not interested in helping a Liverpool player, I can imagine. He showed he struggled with the job to judge players so why do we let him talk about players on television?"


Friday, 30 November 2018

Best Quotes on Andrés Iniesta

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Andrés Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta definitely is one of the greatest midfielders of this generation. The La Masia graduate made 674 appearances for Barça between 2002 and 2016, lifting an incredible 32 trophies, plus the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain.

Here are some of the most famous things other greats of the game have had to say about the midfield magician over the years.

"I played him as a false winger, central midfielder, deep midfielder and just behind the striker and he was always excellent." - Frank Rijkaard

"Iniesta is easily Spain's most complete player. He has everything. Playing alongside him is very easy." - Xavi

"Andrés and I are similar in that we both use our bodies a lot, to avoid opponents. But he has something that always amazes me. There's always a moment when you think you're going to catch him, when you think you're going to get the ball off him, but you can't. He's not especially quick, but he has that ability to always get away from you, which comes from his technique." - Lionel Messi.

"He's fantastic. He makes the team work. The way he finds passes, his movement and ability to create space is incredible. He's so important for Barcelona." Sir Alex Ferguson.

"As a professional, as a person, and as a player, I think he's fantastic. It's like he's dancing the tango. [ . . . ] I just love how he plays football so elegantly. To me, Andres is Don Andres." - Dani Alves.

"He reminds me of myself." - Zinedine Zidane

"Iniesta doesn't dye his hair, he doesn't wear earrings and he hasn't got any tattoos. Maybe that makes him unattractive to the media but he is the best." - Pep Guardiola

"Iniesta is the boyfriend that every mother wants her daughter to have. The figures over his career tell you all you need to know. He is a magical player. There are few players in the world that can compare to him." - Sergio Ramos

"When I see him play these days, he reminds me of Xavi. He was always a top quality player. He started very young with us, and it's crazy to see how he has gone on to make so much history." -Ronaldinho.

"When I said Iniesta was the world's best, you laughed. Now you can see I'm right." - Samual Eto'o.


Best quotes on Robin van Persie

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Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie scored 144 premier league goals during his time with Arsenal and Manchester united. During his best years as a Footballer he was one of the most lethal strikers in the world. His goal scoring techniques are unmatched by any Footballer and is behind some of the most outrageous goals in football the most notable one being in 2014 world against Spain. Persie is also the all time highest scorer for Netherlands national team. 

He is currently winding up his career at his boyhood club Feyenoord where he is still remarkable. Here some of the best quotes about him.

"He was one of the best I ever managed, a man with an exceptional technique." - Arsene Wenger

"I remember Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying to me 'he's better than you think' when we concluded the deal. He was right. In terms of impact he has had as big an impact as anyone I can imagine." - Sir Alex Ferguson

"Van Persie has done it for years at Arsenal. He's a top player and I love watching him" - Steven Gerrard

"Van Persie had the best movement. When he was at Arsenal and he won the Golden Boot, he had the most movement I'd ever seen. Even in his first year at Manchester United, that's why they won the league, because he scored all the goals." - Romelu Lukaku

"We all knew what he was capable of but you don't realise sometimes when you play against someone, how good a player they are. [You don't realise] until you're training with them every day and playing with them every week and that is definitely the case with Robin. He's just a brilliant player." - Ryan Giggs


10 Best quotes on Francesco Totti

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Francesco totti

Francesco Totti was one of the most iconic number 10s to grace Serie A. He spent over 20 years at AS Roma where he made over 700 appearances for the club scoring 300 goals for them. He is the undisputed king of Rome, no other player in As Roma or Serie A can match his legacy. His moments of magic will always be in the memories of football faithful.

Here are 10 of the best quotes about Italy and Roma legend Francesco Totti.

"Totti is the symbol of Roma, he'd never want to leave the club just like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Manchester United." - Sir Alex Ferguson

"I have a lot of respect for Francesco Totti. When you talk about Roma, you think about Francesco Totti, and when you talk about Francesco Totti, you think about Roma. I've had to battle so many times against him. I have maximum respect for him." - Thierry Henry

"I've always admired him because he's the business. He's an example to us all. Totti deserves all the applause he gets. He's given so much to the game over so many years so it's right that the fans should express their admiration for him." - Sergio Ramos

"Francesco Totti is impressive. He is an example for all and someone we all look up to. He demonstrates that age is not important in football: if you feel good, you enjoy it. If you play at the level he does it's good for him, for football and also for the children, because we give them the idea that football has no limits." - Cristiano Ronaldo

"There are many star players in Italy, but the only one I would bring to Bayern Munich would be Totti. I know him well and he deserves to win the Ballon d'Or."Franz Beckenbauer

"Francesco is an immortal player. If he is in these conditions, with the technical skills and talent he has, he is the player that can make the difference in any situation and at any age. With the way he is playing now, he is proving, if he ever had to prove anything, that he has always been and continues to be a champion." - Gianluigi Buffon

"A great player! What a phenomenon!" - Lionel Messi

"As a boy, I was ecstatic just to see him play. At 38, he still does amazing things on the pitch. I think I'm destined to be 'Captain Future' forever – he is the all-time captain." - Daniel de Rossi 

"The God of Rome. I've never seen anything like it. As a football player he's not quick and he's 38-years old now but he has his technique and ambition, and a touch that's God's gift."John Arne Riise

"If I was playing today I'd be like Totti, who's become an out-and-out striker. There aren't any No.10s in the old playmaker role anyway." - 
 Michel Platini