Manuel Pellegrini on Wigan’s defeat of Manchester City 1-2 in FA Cup
“I think it is the worst [performance] of my time here because we did not have the pace to play against a team who find themselves in a very good moment. Maybe we thought this was going to be not so difficult and by the time we reacted it was too late.”
Hull’s David Meyler on Alan Pardew-related head butt celebration after Hull defeat Sunderland 3-0
“It was just a bit of banter, my buddy back home ‘Kellogs’ said ‘oh for the craic you should do it’ and for the banter I did it, it’s nothing personal or anything like that. It’s just bit of craic.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Mesut Oezil’s performance in 4-1 win over Everton
““Physically he looked regenerated, having more power in his runs. As well what I liked was he did a lot of ’dirty’ work for a player like him – that means he tracked back in the first half, especially on the counter-attack. He came back with long runs and, when he behaves like that, of course you have a better chance to win.”
Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood on whether he would want his old job back as Spurs technical director after 4-0 loss to Chelsea
“”No, I never want to be a No2. I feel like I can do the No1 job. I’d be no good as a No2. I’m too opinionated.
“There is a place for a technical director … someone who sees the club from the bottom to the top on the training field. A lot of clubs need to have people like that, otherwise you get no continuity and you end up buying seven to 10 players every window, and your turnover of players is too great.”
Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta on Barcelona’s 1-0 loss to Real Valladolid
“We were slow, very slow, and didn’t have fluidity and speed.
“We didn’t win the one on ones in the first half. We were better in the second half and we won everything then but we couldn’t get level.
“The pitch hasn’t helped. The players couldn’t find the way. They had the ball but couldn’t get back into the game.
Levante coach Joaquin Caparros on David Navarro’s red card tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo in Real’s 3-0 win
“Sendings off like that affect our League. But I don’t want the message in the dressing room to be that I complain about referees.”
Rafa Benitez on Napoli’s 1-0 victory over Roma
“I think we are the only team this season who have beaten Roma twice. That must mean we are doing something right.”
Chivas USA defender Bobby Burling on his team’s 3-2 win over the Chicago Fire in MLS season opener
“It showed some resilience for us when you keep fighting. To turn it around and look for a winner was huge for us.”