AP Global Football 10 Quotebox
AP Global Football 10 Quotebox
Oct. 01, 2013
LONDON (AP) — Quotes from voters in this week's AP Global football poll:
Peter Linden, Kronen Zeitung, Austria
"Scoring the winning goal for Atletico as the 'smaller' club of Madrid in Bernabeu is historic. Besides that, he has scored as many goals as Messi now. Real's defense couldn't get hold of him."
Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England.
"Roma put in a five-star show against Bologna, while Arsenal kept up their fine form against Swansea. Juventus won the Turin derby and Dortmund were another side to score five, in their case against Freiburg."
Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, United States
"Atletico Madrid proved on Saturday evening that they are the current best team in the Spanish capital. Real Madrid were all at sea, looking like a side trying to fit in too many star players."
Mark Rodden, Paris-based Irish football writer
"West Brom took the game to Manchester United and got their reward with two great goals and a first win at Old Trafford in 35 years."
John Duerden, Asia-based football writer.
"Dario Conca is lighting up the Asian Champions League with Guangzhou Evergrande and is perhaps the best player playing in Asia at the moment. Was magical against Kashiwa in semi-final first leg."
Axel Torres, Marca Radio, Spain
"Diego Costa won two games for Atletico this week. Most importantly, he was the best player in the Madrid derby against Real."
James Thorogood, Bundesliga.com
"Following a difficult week for Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga table-toppers managed to once again demonstrate their hunger for success: back-to-back cup and league wins, which culminated in a 5-0 thumping of SC Freiburg."
Alejandro Cisternas, El Mercurio, Chile
"Atlético de Madrid, of course, is the team of the week, with its defeat of Real Madrid at Bernabeu and with a perfect start of the season. The same we could say about Rome, while Arsenal is surprisingly the leader of the Premier League.
Mike McGrath, The Sun and Wardles news agency
"As a player on his own, Daniel Sturridge is having the biggest effect on a league at the moment, which is why he gets my top vote this week. But Atletico Madrid's victory at Real Madrid was the standout team performance."
Soren-Mikael Hansen, Politiken, Denmark
"Finally Dortmund found the form of last season playing brilliantly with Reus and Lewandowski at their best."
Ubiratan Leal, trivela.com, Brazil
"This Saturday, Atletico never looked up to Real. Always face to face, got an early lead and managed to control the rival, even creating opportunities to score a second goal. "
Orfeo Suarez, El Mundo, Spain
"Real Madrid lose and Ancelotti's project is in its first crisis. A bad day also for Bale in his Bernabeu debut. Meanwhile, Ozil leads Arsenal and Rafa Benitez, a coach from Madrid, and Higuain, lead Napoli.
Marco Monteverde, football writer for News Corp Australia
"Victory away from home in the Madrid derby continued Atletico's perfect start to the season and further proved they are a genuine contender for this season's Spanish title."
Richard Jolly, ESPN
"West Bromwich Albion didn't just end a 35-year wait to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford; they played the better football and could have won by more goals."
Tom Timmermann, St Louis Post-Dispatch, United States
"Three goals over two games put Gervinho atop my list, though Daniel Sturridge's play against Sunderland, a goal and two perfect setups for Luis Suarez, show that those are two names that we may be seeing a lot of."
Paolo Condo, Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy
"The impressive La Liga start of Atletico Madrid was boosted Saturday night from a big derby win. A dream for Atletico's fans, a nightmare for Real ones."
James Porteous, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong.
"Arsenal continue to impress in the Premier League, albeit they have had an easier start than some of their rivals, while West Brom and Villa deserve credit for their wins over the Manchester big two."