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Saturday February 8 2014
They said what?!

Massimo Cellino's Leeds record, Lazio in tears, Kevin Strootman's sexy nickname and German Denis disowned in Susy Campanale's quotes of the week.

“I want Brian McDermott back and have been trying to call him. I don’t mind this Coach. How could I sack anyone anyway? I need the approval of the Football League before I own the club.”

We thought Massimo Cellino had set a new personal best by sacking the tactician of a club he didn’t even own yet

“The fans proved they're a class act. It's their football club and it doesn't belong to anyone but the fans.”

With all the legal wrangling around Leeds United, Brian McDermott might be technically correct

“Up until three days ago, I never considered Hernanes would leave. There were around 10 names that we sought out to replace Hernanes, but they all rejected us.”

Edy Reja will also burst into tears at the training ground, but for a different reason

“Who is the best striker in Serie A? Tevez. Is it my dad? No.”

German Denis Junior won’t be getting pocket money this week

“I realised that if I wanted to play in the Champions League or win the Scudetto, I had to try something new. With Lazio, me and my teammates were not able to reach certain goals.”

Someone point out to Hernanes that in the last two years Lazio won a Coppa Italia and Inter were empty-handed

“Would I beat Usain Bolt in a race? If we run with the ball at our feet, then I would win, because that’s difficult! If there’s no football, then he’d beat me.”

But in both cases Bolt would be more likely to hit the target than Gervinho

"Milan aren't going through a glorious period now, and they're no longer a part of the top clubs, but making it big with the Rossoneri could open the door to huge clubs like Real Madrid or Barcelona.”

Adel Taarabt in December 2012...

“It was a dream come true signing for Milan. I’m honoured to be here, I’m at a top club.”

Taarabt in February 2014, having realised he won’t get a bigger club than Milan, even in his dreams

“When Milan were interested in me, I thought ‘well, they’ve got the Italian Balotelli and now they’re going to also have the Balotelli of Morocco’.”

Funnily enough there’s nobody calling themselves ‘the Taarabt of Italy.’

“We call Strootman the Washing Machine. You give the ball to Kevin and even if it’s a bad pass, he cleans up the mess.”

Rudi Garcia and Roma really need to work on getting sexier nicknames

“I miss the fans. I’ll tell you what I don’t miss, though. I don’t miss the food, or the weather, or the stupid way you’re always expected to drive over there… “

Balotelli sums up his Manchester City experience: surliness and parking tickets

“I had been close to several English clubs, most recently Tottenham three or four years ago. I always said no because I didn’t speak the language, then I ended up in China...”

Marcello Lippi finds Mandarin easier to understand than Cockney

“I think the only question is going to be the money.” 

Jaap Stam’s agent Henk Van Ginkel is barking up the wrong tree with Milan

“I always say we have to ultimately concentrate on our own football. That is the recipe for success.”

Maybe Walter Mazzarri ought to add some salt and pepper...

“I am not a moaner, despite what Mazzoleni called me at the end of the game, even if in the past I’d have had reason to moan.”

Vincenzo Montella is now moaning about how unfair it is to call him a moaner

“All the best Paolino and compliments to those who made you feel like a stranger in YOUR OWN HOUSE!!!”

Fabio Cannavaro did not @RafaBenitez in his tweet, but he may as well have done

“I think the Sampdoria fans have already won, as they chose these colours to support.”

Sinisa Mihajlovic certainly wins at buttering up his crowd

“Inter have made many changes this season and there are difficulties in that situation. Of course a different thing happened to us, as Antonio Conte was able to win the Scudetto in his first season.”

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta cuts through the Inter line about a ‘transitional year’

“When attacking, our wingers go on the same level as the strikers. A 3-5-2 is variable and all down to the interpretation. There are others who use this system in a more defensive way and to go on the counter, but that’s not our style.”

Antonio Conte is naming no Mazzarris

“I did not expect Inter to win this match, but that they would play better, yes.”

Gianluca Vialli set the bar low, but not low enough

“We flirted with perfection.”

Stefano Colantuono is more accustomed to merely pouting at competence

“With me, I’d have eaten them alive when we were alone, then I would have defended them to the hilt in front of the reporters.”

Giovanni Trapattoni reveals his strategy for dealing with underperforming players – smile for the cameras

“I interpret the discontent as expectations in relation to a very talented player. From a player like Robinho, it is normal to expect a lot.”

Having watched Robinho for many years, agent Marisa Ramos, the Milan fans know to expect very little

“I prefer to remember the humble and determined Danilo D’Ambrosio who arrived at Torino four years ago from Serie C2 seeking fortune. I like him better than the current rancorous D’Ambrosio who has already forgotten who launched his career and above all who supported him three years ago during his profound moments of crisis. In any case, as I already said on Saturday at San Siro, I wish D’Ambrosio good luck.”

Torino President Urbano Cairo gives a master class in the guilt trip

“I chose to come here because I saw a lot of Fiorentina on television when I was in England.”

Modibo Diakitè had originally wanted to join Benidorm or Coronation Street

“It's an amazing game, isn't it? You can't get a game at Fulham at the bottom of the Premier League and then you go to Milan! Years ago to get to Milan you had to be a world-class superstar.”

Funny for Harry Redknapp, tragic for Rossoneri supporters

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Well,curses! but its true... Our Rossoneri have reduced expectations, but don't laugh Redknapp... Remember the quote "I will take your pawns and make them my knights"
on the 13th February, 2014 at 9:04am

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