World Cup 2014
Rosell: Ajax loss to make us stronger
Sandro Rosell believes Barcelona’s shock 2-1 Champions League defeat to Ajax could prove to be a blessing in disguise.
‘As long as we don’t draw Barca…’
Laurent Blanc has made clear his hope for Paris Saint-Germain to specifically avoid Barcelona in the next round of the Champions League.
Bale: Goal was one of my best
Gareth Bale has remarked on Real Madrid’s ‘character’ against Galatasaray and admits his free-kick scored was ‘one of the best goals of my career’.
‘La Real didn’t surprise us at all’
Andriy Pyatov mused that Shakhtar Donetsk were prepared and unsurprised for how Real Sociedad faced them on Wednesday.
Vela: Problem isn’t in defence
Carlos Vela mused that Real Sociedad have learned ‘a good lesson’ against Shakhtar Donetsk, whilst defending the team’s back-line.
‘Madrid are growing a lot’
Alvaro Arbeloa mused on how Real Madrid’s win over Galatasaray demonstrated that the team is ‘growing a lot’ under Carlo Ancelotti.
‘Real result was unexpected’
Ruben Pardo admitted that losing 4-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night was not what Real Sociedad had in mind.
Mancini perplexed by Gala
Roberto Mancini struggled post-match to explain his Galatasaray side’s defeat to 10-man Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
Lucescu: We surprised Real
Mircea Lucescu commented that Real Sociedad had initial control on Wednesday night, before Shakhtar Donetsk ‘surprised them’.
Arrasate: La Real lost control
Jagoba Arrasate reflected that Real Sociedad lost control of their match with Shakhtar Donetsk after the first goal, and lost heart after the third.
‘Madrid reacted well to red card’
Carlo Ancelotti mused further on his satisfaction at Real Madrid’s reaction to an early red card against Galatasaray.
Ancelotti: Courage & personality
Carlo Ancelotti praised his Real Madrid team after they played with ‘courage and personality’.
Arrasate: We paid for our mistakes
Real Sociedad boss Jagoba Arrasate has admitted that his men ‘paid’ for their mistakes against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Arbeloa pleased with second 45
Alvaro Arbeloa was delighted with Real Madrid’s second half as they beat Galatasaray 4-1 on Wednesday.
La Real out of Champions League
Goals from Luiz Adriano, Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa saw Real Sociedad crash out of the Champions League as they lost 4-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk.
10-man Madrid make Last 16
Goals from Gareth Bale, Alvaro Arbeloa, Angel Di Maria and Isco gave Real Madrid a 4-1 win over Galatasaray and a place in the Last 16.
Line-ups: Shakhtar-Real Sociedad
Fresh from his goalscorering exploits at the weekend, Carlos Vela was named as the main man in attack for Real Sociedad against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Line-ups: Real Madrid-Galatasaray
Angel Di Maria and Jese Rodriguez make returns to the Real Madrid starting XI for the game against Galatasaray this evening.
‘La Real must go for the win’
Jokin Aperribay has mused on Real Sociedad’s trip to Shakhtar Donetsk, refusing to label it a final, but admitting that the team ‘must go for the win’.
Arrasate between Elustondo, Zurutuza
Jagoba Arrasate is seen with one selection dilemma ahead of Real Sociedad’s must-win Champions League encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Casemiro-Illara-Isco for Gala
Carlo Ancelotti is expected to select Casemiro and Asier Illarramendi alongside Isco in the Real Madrid midfield tonight.
Fabregas: It didn’t work out
Cesc Fabregas was another to concede that Barcelona’s ‘level of performance was simply not high enough’, commenting that ‘it just didn't work out’.
Cruyff: Barca must wonder…
Johan Cruyff has commented that in defeat to Ajax, “Barca must wonder why things that worked well before are not doing so now.”
Xavi: We lacked intensity
Xavi Hernandez echoed Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol in identifying that Barcelona ‘lacked intensity’ against Ajax on Tuesday night.
Simeone delighted with depth
Diego Simeone praised his changed Atletico Madrid team for their ‘non-negotiable’ efforts against Zenit St Petersburg.
Spalletti has no complaints
Luciano Spalletti was left with no criticism for his Zenit St Petersburg side, as they were frustrated by an Atletico Madrid that ‘sat back while we attacked’.
Martino admits Barca shortfalls
Tata Martino saw a number of ways in which his Barcelona side were outdone by Ajax in defeat on Tuesday evening.
De Boer: Ajax were lionhearts
Frank de Boer praised his Ajax players for their attitude in successfully defeating Barcelona in the Champions League.
Puyol: Ajax were more intense
Carles Puyol claimed Ajax were ‘more intense’ than Barcelona as the Dutch side won 2-1 in Amsterdam.
Pique: That can't happen again
Gerard Pique has admitted that Barcelona were deserved losers tonight against Ajax.
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