Quotes of the Week: Luiz’s challenge, Wenger’s fury, Redknapp’s faith and more

11:52 24 February 2013


Chelsea's David Luiz's challenge on Brentford's Jake Reeves that left the Bees youngster with concussion. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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With another week gone, London24 takes a look at the best things said in sport this week.

“I have been here for 16 years, I deserve at least that you check information with me before you write it.”

“Why does it (contract story) just come out when we lose a big game? You think I am so naive that I don’t see what is behind that? You think I am a complete idiot?

“The lie is targeted to hurt.

“It is easy to say people are not happy and on top of that say ‘he is extending the contract’, that is what I mean. It is the intention behind the lie.”

Arsene Wenger takes offence at a story suggesting that he will remain with the club for a further two years.

“After some games this season I haven’t needed to have a shower.

“Yes I guess sometimes it is boring being in goal.

“But it is actually important to keep talking and have communication with my defence.

“The key for Bayern Munich is that the whole team defends and we cover the spaces well.

“We immediately go to win the ball back. You can see that in the fact we have only conceded seven goals (in the Bundesliga) so far.”

Manuel Neuer reflects on being the Bayern Munich goalkeeper.

“They are the sort of games that I want to play more of.

“I want more experiences like that and the only way you can do that is by progressing to as high a level as possible.

“Playing against players like Lampard, who has arguably been the best central midfielder in the Premier League for many years, is a great experience.

“I admire the way he pops up on the edge of the box and get goals from midfield and that’s something I want to add from my game.”

Tom Adeyemi enjoyed the Chelsea experience.

“He is fine.

“He wanted to continue but our medical staff said no, safety first, he has a concussion. But he will be okay for next week.

“I have not seen the situation clearly enough to make a statement now. David Luiz came into or changing room after the game and spoke to the player and that was a fantastic gesture form him. He apologised I think.”

Uwe Rosler reflects on David Luiz’s poor challenge on Jake Reeves.

“He’s got so much more to give and he’s an inspiration for everyone at this football club, at his age as well.

“He’s the best trainer by a million miles – he works so hard. For him to get that many goals, kids can look and that and say he’s in the right position.

“Believe me, it’s a lot of hard work before and after training and working on his strengths and weaknesses.

“He’s been an inspiration for everyone at this football club. He’s always been fit and that’s despite the hard work he puts in before and after training.

“We hope that he’s here and, if not, he’s got years ahead.”

“I’m not going to entertain the thought of him elsewhere as I don’t want to think about it.”

John Terry wants Frank Lampard to stay

“Everyone is beating each other this year. It’s a strange one. Manchester United always plug out results.

“It’s credit to them to do it season after season with the squad they’ve got as well. That’s the level we all want to be at.

“We’ve not had the best of seasons but we’re still in the mix.

“If we can improve our form 15-20 per cent, we’ll certainly give Manchester City a run for sure.”

Terry on Manchester City

“A couple of months ago I said to him he never scores from a volley anymore so he was trying to prove a point.

“This is the first goal he scored from a volley and in the past he did that all the time.”

Martin Jol on Dimitar Berbatov

“I thought we were bang in the game. The little right back hits a worldie.

“He’ll probably never score a goal like that again. Up until then there wasn’t an awful lot in it.”

Harry Redknapp’s verdict on Rafael’s goal for Manchester United.


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