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Quotes from voters in AP football poll

November 26, 2013

LONDON (AP) — Quotes from voters in this week’s AP global football poll:

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James Porteous, South China Morning Post

″(Sergio) Aguero and (Yaya) Toure were the City players who impressed me most, though most of their team could have had a spot in the top 10. In Spain, the top three did their best to outdo each other: Barcelona winning 4-0, followed by Real 5-0, then Atletico 7-0.”

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Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, United States

“Manchester City went on a rampage at home to Tottenham Hotspur, securing a 6-0 win that made David Moyes’ 4-1 defeat there look good.”

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Soren-Mikael Hansen, Politiken, Denmark

“A difficult week to rank the teams with so many supreme performances that they are hard to compare. Man City and Bayern humiliated their opponents, while the Merseyside Derby just was a magnificent display of British football at its best.”

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Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England

“What a week for Cristiano Ronaldo. He may have ended it injured, but he managed to single-handedly guide Portugal to the World Cup thanks to that astonishing hat trick, one that will live in the memory for years to come.”

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Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States

“Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund leads me to believe no one is going to beat them any time soon. They look unstoppable right now, capable of adapting and beating any opponent.”

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Leonardo Bertozzi, ESPN Brazil

“The two goals from (Romelu) Lukaku were worth the victory over Liverpool. But the question is inevitable: why was he dropped by (Jose) Mourinho at the end of the transfer window?”

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Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sports, Italy

“Atletico Madrid are really impressive this season: they humiliated Getafe 7-0 and are the most prolific Spanish team when they play at home: their scoring average at the Calderon is almost four goals per game. Amazing.”

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Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

“Ronaldo was nothing short of phenomenal for Portugal against Sweden in the midweek World Cup qualifying playoff and backed it up with a goal in Real Madrid’s 5-0 weekend romp. What a player he is.”

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Alejandro Cisternas, El Mercurio, Chile

“Diego Costa is having an amazing season, and made a golazo against Getafe. Carlos Vela scored four goals in a single game and that speaks for himself.”

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Richard Jolly, ESPN, United States

“Bayern Munich denied Borussia Dortmund revenge for their Champions League final defeat with a victory that, already, makes it hard to see anyone denying them back-to-back Bundesliga titles.”

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Orfeo Suarez Gonzalez, El Mundo, Spain

″(Mario) Goetze gave a great perfomance on his return to Dortmund and Bayern got a victory that shows which team leads with authority in the Bundesliga.”

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James Thorogood, Bundesliga.com, Germany

“Arjen Robben is making a habit of scoring against Borussia Dortmund and after breaking BVB hearts in the UEFA Champions League final last season, was on hand again to produce a commanding performance in the absence of the injured Franck Ribery.”

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Ubiratan Leal, trivela.com, Brazil

“The biggest shows of the weekend were Manchester City’s and Bayern’s victories. The Citizens proved that, at the Etihad Stadium, they increase their level and can beat any team. And Bayern put on numbers (3-0, to be precise) how they have not lost their mojo after (Pep) Guardiola’s arrival.”

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Peter Linden, Kronen Zeitung, Austria

“Bayern continued its successful run and it was no one else but ‘joker’ Mario Goetze who, despite booing by the Dortmund fans, showed Bayern the winning way against his former club.”

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