Quotes of the Week: Redknapp, Rafa, Wenger and more...

18:35 11 January 2013

Harry Redknapp. Picture: PA Wire

Harry Redknapp. Picture: PA Wire

With another week of sporting drama done and dusted and with the weekend only hours away, London24 brings you the best quotes of the last seven days.

"You've got it all wrong. I was asked a question about Rafa Benitez and said youd have to be a dope to fail [at Chelsea]. I don't know why anybody relates it to the manager at Tottenham."

Harry Redknapp on his comment about the Chelsea managers job

"Do you have a pen? Yes. Do you have a laptop? Yes. Did you have a laptop 20 years ago? You just had just a pen. Now you have a pen and laptop - that is progression. This [dictaphone] is a more expensive one and this one is cheaper. You have to adapt. That is part of the process. How many journalists do we have here? I can see some young faces here and I see senior people with experience - that is normal. When you are a young journalist, what do you want? You want to progress and become the chief sports editor. But you have a chief sports editor who is a legend who says: 'I am a legend so you cannot move.' We try to create something special - it is life. Young journalists come in and the chief sport editor sees you as a threat. So he has to do well if you are pushing and pushing. Im sure the owner of the newspaper will think thats fantastic."

Rafael Benitez goes off on a tangent when asked about moving Chelseas old guard out of the club

"That's in the future. Im focusing on the present at the time. Whatever happens after this loan if I stay here or go back to Tottenham. We'll wait and see. I haven't heard anything. Its what happens in January. People get linked with clubs etc. I'm just focusing on the football."

Tottenham youngster Adam Smith after extending his loan with Millwall

"I went straight into the dressing room [afterwards]. I shook hands with Michael Laudrup and after that I was thinking about the injuries. I'm enjoying it."

Rafael Benitez is unconcerned that 40,000 fans were screaming at him during the Capital One Cup defeat to Swansea

"When I talk with him, it's fine but it's not what they say its what they do. Hes training well and trying to improve. He's working very hard for the team. Sometimes just a good run creates the space for another player. When I was talking with Demba and Fernando I said to them that they need to keep the centre backs busy and that allows [Juan] Mata more time in possession. Don't forget that Fernando was the captain for Atletico when he was 17 and he was captain for years before he moved to Liverpool. He came here as a top signing. He has to play well, he has to score goals. We've tried to help him. Hopefully Demba will give him an extra hand."

Rafael Benitez on Chelseas 50million flop Fernando Torres poor form

Demba Ba and Fernando together will be a solution for us. We didn't have this chance before. Demba Ba had an injury before the [Swansea] game. Fernando had to play because we couldnt play Demba Ba for a long time. Fernando was playing with his stomach bug.

Rafael Benitez explains why he left Ba on the bench at Swansea and another reason for Torres' poor form

"I think it's a big advantage. In the end when you manage a club you know your football players very well - you get to know their qualities and I think Harry can take advantage of that. That knowledge of these players can always serve you well. I think his knowledge of these players is second to none because he was here with these players for three and a half years, with tremendous results. They have done things together, he knows what makes them tick and what they are not so good at. Whether that will make a difference or not nobody knows, but I think he is aware of what he has to exploit in this team.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas talks about predecessor Harry Redknapp ahead of trip to QPR

"Even at the end when it was getting tight, everyone held their nerve and weve got to keep learning how to do that."

England cricket captain Alastair Cook hails his sides ODI win in India, their first in 13 attempts

"If you look at our squad, it is quite complete. We still work on the transfer market as well, but we do not want to bring in average players. We only want to bring in an exceptional player, and at the moment we have not found him."

That will be Arsene Wenger not buying anyone this January then

"Ideally you want ticket prices to be as low as possible, but on the other hand the only way we can pay the wages and compete without any external help is through the ticket prices because it is our main income."

And you can forget about cheaper ticket prices at Arsenal too


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