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Quotes from voters in AP Global Football 10

February 4, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Tom Timmermann, St.Louis Post-Dispatch, United States

“I don’t know that there’s been a time when I had Atletico Madrid above both Barcelona and Real Madrid. It will be interesting to see what happens to Real Madrid if Cristiano Ronaldo misses a few games.”

James Porteous, South China Morning Post

“For all Jose Mourinho’s insistence that his team aren’t title contenders, he will be telling them something very different in the privacy of the dressing room. With Arsenal’s season set to collapse over two brutal runs of tough games in February and March, and City’s Manuel Pellegrini yet to win a major trophy in Europe, Mourinho’s side can’t be counted out.”

Marco Monteverde, News Corp Australia

“The Blues not only beat Manchester City at Etihad Stadium but kept the Citizens scoreless on their home ground. It was a fantastic effort that keeps the title race well and truly alive.”

Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sports, Italy

“Chelsea were magnificent as they managed to beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium thanks to a brilliant performance, a great team spirit and an intelligent tactical plan.”

Orfeo Suarez, El Mundo, Spain

“Terrible week for Barcelona. Losing in Camp Nou after a long time is a bad signal for the Martino era. Very different life for Bayern Munich of Guardiola.”

Richard Jolly, ESPN, England

“Charlie Adam’s fortunes have fallen since Sir Alex Ferguson said his set-pieces were worth £10 million alone but the Stoke midfielder upstaged Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Juan Mata with a wonderful winner to inflict another defeat on Manchester United.”

Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland

“Remarkably, this is the first time that Atletico Madrid have led Spain’s La Liga outright since winning the title eighteen years ago. It would seem a fitting tribute to Luis Aragones, the former Atletico head coach who died at the weekend.”

Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, United States

“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain crowned his return from ACL surgery with a stunning brace to down Crystal Palace on Sunday. The English midfielder showed great pace, agility and technical qualities in netting his two strikes.”

Mark Rodden, Eurosport, France

“At this stage, everyone must be running out of adjectives to describe just how good Bayern Munich is. The European champions are still on course to go through the Bundesliga season unbeaten though, so we may need to find a few more.”

Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England

“Andrea Pirlo found another wonderful assist for Juventus in their victory over Inter, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain proved he is back with two fine goals as Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League table.”

Mike McGrath, The Sun, England

“If we could vote for manager of the week then Jose Mourinho would be top of the list after masterminding victory over Manchester City. But since we cannot, his Chelsea team take the plaudits for executing Mourinho’s gameplan and finally inflicting a defeat at the Etihad Stadium for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.”

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