“We have just had 11 games. In the first seven or eight, Barça were up in heaven, and now they have fallen. There is a new coach, new players, and they need to settle in. You cannot judge Luis Enrique in 10 weeks.
“In principle, I’ve no intention of ever coaching Barça again. I think that there are cycles in life and that mine [at Barcelona] is finished.”
“I will tell my grandchildren about when I won the Champions League, but most of all I will tell them that their grandfather used to play with Lionel Messi.” – Angel Di Maria
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We all know ‘Tata’ Martino. Perhaps not the best coach around, but definitely a man who isn’t afraid to speak his mind, especially when he is acting as the voice of logic. The current national coach of Argentina came out in defense of his team’s best player and captain, Leo Messi, in response to the harsh criticism Leo has been receiving all these years.
Barcelona striker Luis Suárez would never stay quiet on his omission from the Ballon D’Or shortlist. Speaking to Catalan radio station RAC 1, the Uruguyan admitted that the decision not to include him in the shortlist is “striking.” Yet the striker affirmed that he wants to no longer discuss the issue. “I prefer to shut up and avoid problems.”
Well said, Luis.
“It’s complicated, the two are fantastic footballers. Cristiano is an athlete, and Messi is god, you see him on the pitch and it’s spectacular. He’s so difficult to mark, I’d always want him in my team, as would I Cristiano, but I think I’d stick with Messi.“
“Rakitić is going to make history at the club because he is a star and it was an awesome purchase on Barcelona’s part. His all-round game reminds me very much of [Bernd] Schuster, I expect him to get 10 or 12 goals this season.”
Former Real Madrid striker and current president of the Croatian football federation Davor Šuker spoke to SER’s La Graderia programme where he gave his view of Barça’s newest Croat, giving his own prediction on the player’s performance this season.
“I asked myself, “And all this, that I wasn’t even involved in? When will it pass?” Never ending stories, some that happened, others that never did. I don’t like making excuses, and it’s a fact that while I was there [at Barça] I never did, but living with it all took a toll on me. At Barcelona, one feels permanently like the villain. I enjoyed living alongside the players day-to-day, they are great guys who I could speak football with, and despite being so famous, they were genuine. That calmed me down a lot but that year was really hard on me.”
“I want to thank Del Bosque for the gesture he has made, because I asked him, personally, not to count on me for the game, because I still had some issues. I want to thank him for his decision.”
“I’m so happy and pleased to have been able to return to a place that brings back such fond memories. There are no words for the love I was shown by the Camp Nou and all the people during my return to Barcelona.“
“Thank you to my teammates for electing me one of the team captains and for the confidence you’ve placed in me. Un abrazo.”
“A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.“
“I don’t understand how Barça are going to manage combination football with Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez in the team. The three are individualists. Makes it clear that Barça prefer individual play before a team that plays good football.“
“We are delighted with Dani Alves. When he’s back we will talk to him.
But we are delighted with him.“
“Messi’s won almost everything and I think he deserves to be champion and I am cheering for him to be champion.”
“Pep’s Barcelona was the best team in all history. The comparison was never positive. At Barça, winning wasn’t enough. At Barcelona, if you won it was thanks to the players and if you lost it was my fault. It was hard to continue. And when the players back their coach in public it’s nice at the time, but you soon grow weary.“
“It’s great news for Cesc. He is happy, he looked contented to me. It’s a great opportunity to go to a great team and that was his idea. He may be more relaxed now that he knows his future. It’s a big loss for us but he decided. As a good friend of his, I wish him the very best and all the luck in the world.”
“To stop Messi one on one, the only way you can do it is with a pistol in your hand.”
Thiago Silva, who has faced Lionel Messi three times with Milan and once with PSG, will be hoping he can stop Leo if the occasion arises without the use of any guns.
“Move complete! Hasta la vista Barcelona! Thanks for everything!”
– José Manuel Pinto says goodbye to Barcelona
“I learnt the game for seven years here and I’m thrilled to be back, it’s a great challenge for me…I want to learn from these brilliant players.”
“I’m very happy, I’ve missed all of this…I know how much competition there is for places here, but I think that’s a good thing…I know what kind of football I can offer and I’ll do my best to help. I want to win trophies and contribute as much as I can.”
“A courageous and hard-fought 1-3 victory that makes us leaders!! My goal is for you Dad, you’re always by my side.“
“Tito and I were young, we wanted to conquer the world and we did. The sadness I feel will accompany me for the rest of my life.“
“My opinion on Messi will never change. I have never seen a player like him, nor will I ever again.”
“No one needs to worry. We are all still a bit in love with this club and with the way things are handled here.”
“All the rumours about my negotiations with Barcelona are completely groundless.”
“If we lose the Copa [del Rey], Tata Martino isn’t done and we won’t call elections.“
“Yes, it surprised me being taken off, but that is decision for the manager.“