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Angel Di Maria
Like every other year: win everything. Last season, we won both cups but we lost the championship and we were knocked out of the Champions League. I've only played against him. But I'm happy with his signing as he is a player with huge qualities, who will bring something extra to the team and allow us to improve further.feedback
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Jul 18 2017
“The level of Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona [United's remaining tour opponents] is higher – Champions League level. It's a new competition for us. It is good for us. Maybe the other teams have the same philosophy as us, maybe not. I know Manchester City is our city rival, Real Madrid European champion, but it's not so important for us to play for a result.” said José Mourinho speaking about Champions League. It’s one of the 436 quotes about Champions League you can find on this page. 188 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Juergen Klopp, Massimiliano Allegri and Gianluigi Buffon. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Marko Grujic

Players and the members of staff will try to do their best this season to go in the Champions League as far as we can and in the Premier League to be in the top positions.feedback

Jamie Redknapp

Going forward Liverpool have lots of different options. I still worry about them defensively though, and now they've got the Champions League to contend with.feedback

Samuele Dalla Bona

They need to spend money for him to be successful next season and I think Roman Abramovich must get money out. Otherwise they will find it too difficult to try to win the Champions League. Alex Sandro and Antonio Rudiger would be a great start to the transfer market. They are very strong but they will cost a lot of money. Sandro, in particular, played a great season with Juventus. They can both do it in England. Gianfranco Zola, Marcel Desailly, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, I loved playing with these players. Maybe I made a mistake to go away but football is like this.feedback

Marcel Keizer

I just hope he gets better. He represents Ajax for me, dominant and attractive football. That's Appie. We are not so concerned with the qualifying round of the Champions League, it's all about Appie first.feedback

Sandro Wagner

I am happy that I could agree this deal to stay with TSG. I want to help us achieve even great success in the future. We face a challenge with our first participation in an international competition [Hoffenheim qualified for the Champions League play-offs], which we will meet with great ambition.feedback

Ralf Rangnick

There are no players in our squad who have an exit clause. I will repeat it one more time, we will not sell any of our key players. I have already said that before and nothing has changed in that aspect. It is only normal that there is interest in our players after a season like this, also because of what guys like Keita and [Emil] Forsberg have done for their national teams. That does not change our stance. There is no reason for the players to leave, we have directly qualified for the Champions League.feedback

Sergio Ramos

I saw him in matches that I played against him and those in the Champions League last season. He is a great player with enormous potential. He is a fast player who unsettles his opponents and has abilities to score goals. He will battle with the best. They have players who have shown they are very good: Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane, Mbappe. They are the players who make the difference and I think France will be one of the teams to be beat in the next few years.feedback

Juan Mata

We played very well in the [Europa League] final against Ajax, we won and that has now given us the path into the Champions League.feedback

Juan Mata

We played together for Chelsea and he [Lukaku] has had a lot of good seasons at Everton. He knows the coach well and scores a lot of goals, which we hope he will carry on so we can try to win the league. I think Jose is already thinking about the final - and has been since Real [Madrid] won the Champions League. The coach wants to win the trophy whilst in charge at United and although Zinedine Zidane had an incredible year in charge, we will try to create problems for them.feedback

Ignacio Camacho

The Bundesliga enjoys a very high standing in Spain and VfL have been well known in the country since the Champions League home win over Real Madrid. I am really keyed-up about German football. The German mentality and the way football is played is something I have always liked, because there is a great focus on tactics and order, paired with attacking football.feedback

Charlie Nicholas

It is a big statement of intent from Arsenal. The statement is to say to Sanchez and others we are serious to get back challenging for the title and we are serious about getting back into the Champions League again.feedback

Charlie Nicholas

The statement is to say to [Alexis] Sanchez and others we are serious to get back challenging for the title and we are serious about getting back into the Champions League again. I genuinely don't think so. I think Sanchez is completely and utterly his own man. We have seen that with his actions last season. He is a winner, a warrior, a fighter, a player we all truly admire and we'd love to keep him but if his heart is on trying to get the same wages as people like Messi and Ronaldo, it's not going to materialise.feedback

Roy McGivern

That was very important because a third year in the Champions League would have given them the chance to really push on and maybe become dominant.feedback

Brendan Rodgers

But certainly not until after the Champions League qualifiers, there won't be anything done before that. That goes for all the players.feedback

Jonathan Sullivan

The government wants China to be a major player in the global soccer industry; it wants to develop a national team that can compete on the international stage without embarrassing the country; it wants a strong domestic league 'product'; and it wants to develop grassroots infrastructure to promote soccer as a healthy activity. Of course the government would like to see CSL clubs winning the Asian Champions League or doing well in the World Club Championship, but there are greater priorities.feedback

Mateja Kezman

I've received huge bids, over €50m in the past few weeks. As we agreed at the start of Sergej's contract though, he's not for sale this summer. He's very happy at Lazio and wants to help the team fight for a place in the Champions League next season.feedback

Dani Alves

He's won many league titles across Europe, Champions League titles and has played in all the big games with Brazil. He's a big character and he's very important in the locker room. He has a great relationship with Pep [Guardiola] - there's a lot of mutual respect - they had a lot of success together at Barcelona.feedback

Albert Celades

Over and above his footballing qualities that we are all aware of, his hunger and commitment are tremendous. It is a gift for us to have a player like Saul. He is an example to all of us as a player who has come from the senior national team, and from the Champions League, and who has played with the motivation he has shown. We are blessed to have a lad with his quality, as a footballer and a person.feedback

Phil Neville

I'm optimistic. United are heading in the right direction and the confidence the manager and his squad got from winning the EFL Cup and Europa League can be taken into the Champions League and the league next year. It's going to be a difficult season, as everyone else is spending money and improving. United are going to have to improve as well because they didn't finish in the top four last season. Even that is a big ask, but I think Jose will want to win the Premier League. That's the big one. He won't settle for anything less.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

United are heading in the right direction and the confidence the manager and his squad got from winning the EFL Cup and Europa League can be taken into the Champions League and the league next year.feedback

Uli Hoeness

If we wanted to buy our way to the Champions League title, we would have to throw a lot of money at it. I don't think anything at all of alibi signings, we've spoken about this internally.feedback

Uli Hoeness

I only wanted to point out that we have a very good team and if you want to strengthen, you have to spend a huge amount of money and you still don't have any guarantee of winning the Champions League.feedback

Juan Carlos Osorio

The fact is they are 23 years old, they have played in national cups, they have won the Bundesliga, played in UEFA tournaments and played in the Champions League.feedback

Tom Bason

When Wolves were relegated to League One in 2013, a number of players were loaned out to top flight clubs around Europe. Roger Johnson went to West Ham in the Premier League, while Razak Boukari and Tongo Doumbia went to Sochaux and Valenciennes, both in Ligue 1. Bjorn Sigurdarson went to Norway's Molde on loan and won the league and cup double with them. And finally, Georg Margreitter was sent on loan to Copenhagen, where he played in the Champions League, on loan from a League One club.feedback

Roy McGivern

Potentially, the Champions League qualifiers is a year's budget.feedback

Dan Reed - Facebook

The UEFA Champions League is one of the biggest football tournaments in the world, so we're thrilled to partner with FOX Sports to deliver live matches to fans on Facebook in the U.S. next season. This collaboration unlocks new distribution for FOX, giving the network a national platform for matches that won't always be televised. And with different matches broadcast in English and Spanish on Facebook, our community of fans will have plenty of action to cheer on and chat about once the group stage kicks off in September.feedback

Craig Burley

Alex Sandro is a very good player, he had a great season at Juventus, he didn't have a great Champions League Final.feedback

David Nathanson - Fox

Facebook is a social media powerhouse and a great partner to help us grow soccer in the United States. As people spend more and more time on mobile devices and social networks, offering matches on this platform is a natural extension. This year's UEFA Champions League final saw 34 million people have 98 million interactions on Facebook, so we are thrilled to be able to offer top-notch content to their immense soccer community.feedback

Robbie Fowler

I know there has been criticism for the apparent interest in Kylian Mbappe. Of course Real Madrid are going to be overwhelming favourites to sign him, but even if it's a massive long shot it sends out a message Liverpool are serious. I think in the past few summers, they've been hamstrung by the lack of Champions' League football. Look at how many players they've been in for, only to see then go to another club. It's such a tough world now, and you need to offer every edge.feedback

Oliver Mintzlaff

It would be negligent to give away one of our key players now. Emil and Naby are both extremely talented players with a lot of potential. We are delighted that we as a club can keep up with their development and that we can prove ourselves in Champions League in the upcoming season.feedback

Paul Pogba

Next year, the objective is the Premier League. There is also the Champions League and we will have to give that proper attention.feedback

Paul Pogba

For my first season we got three trophies and a place in the Champions League which was the main objective. I'm going to the Champions League, that's what I wanted. What matters is what the coach thinks of you, not the rest. He brought me confidence, three trophies too.feedback

Alessandro Del Piero

We hope to win it again (Champions League). And if Cristiano Ronaldo is not happy at Real Madrid and wants to go, Juventus have a lot of space for him.feedback

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Chinese football is doing well – from what I have seen of the MLS [in the United States] the standard is better in China. OK, the club teams are better than the national team but that is being addressed. Chinese Super League teams are now regularly competing in the Champions League of Asia and doing well against other nations.feedback

Dwight Yorke

Mourinho has been able to do that without the Champions League. Now that we are in the Champions League, I think that we are in a position to strike.feedback

Dwight Yorke

Winning two major competitions this season helps us, being in the Champions League this season also helps us and puts us back in the forefront of things.feedback

Dwight Yorke

United obviously are looking to add to the squad. We know that, that is not a secret. I think that Man United being the richest club in the world and in the Champions League as well, things are looking up. I believe that come the start of the season we will get three or four quality players in to make sure we are competitive enough and raring to try and win the Premier League this season.feedback

Luciano Spalletti

Our duty is to feel like Champions League qualification is a minimum requirement. However, looking at the final standings for last season, the top three were far off ahead. We would need another nine or 10 victories to bridge the gap and they are strengthening their own squads too.feedback

Michael Carrick

We are looking up and we are looking to achieve something this year and win more trophies. It was a big way to finish to get the Europa League trophy with the added incentive of a Champions League spot. It gives us something to go at next season. A club like Manchester United needs to be in the Champions League and challenging for that trophy. You want to be playing at the top and challenging the best teams.feedback

Patrik Berger

Last year around Christmas everybody was talking about them being good enough to win the league, then they had a bad spell and at the end they were fighting for the Champions League.feedback

Gary Pallister

The win over Ajax stopped a lot of these doubters out there who were saying it was a poor season because United finished sixth. Okay, we didn't qualify for the Champions League through our Premier League position. It means so much to the club, not just financially but for the fans and players who want to be involved in the biggest competition in the world.feedback

Juergen Klopp

He is an ambitious player who wants to win and win at the highest level; he knows he can fulfill those ambitions with Liverpool. He believes in what we are trying to do here at Liverpool and is extremely keen to be part of it. He is very excited about performing for our wonderful supporters. He knows the Premier League, he has pedigree in the Champions League and he is one of the most important players for his country.feedback

Oliver Mintzlaff

Emil and Naby are extremely talented and promising players. We are glad that we, as a club, are aiding their development and will now be able to prove ourselves in the Champions League. There are no concrete offers. But of course, the guys have attracted great interest through their performances.feedback

Gary Pallister

Okay, we didn't qualify for the Champions League through our Premier League position but we qualified by winning a European trophy and we also won the League Cup, not to mention the Community Shield. All in all, quite a few teams will be jealous of Manchester United 's season.feedback

Juergen Klopp

His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area. I like that we will make it even more competitive. He knows the Premier League, he has pedigree in the Champions League and he is one of the most important players for his country. His record in Italy has been outstanding and he possesses qualities that will enhance our team and squad. I have followed him since he emerged at Basel and he has matured into a really good player.feedback

Juergen Klopp

Mohamed has the perfect mix of experience and potential – this is a really exciting signing for us. He knows the Premier League, he has pedigree in the Champions League and he is one of the most important players for his country. His record in Italy has been outstanding and he possesses qualities that will enhance our team and squad. His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area.feedback

Joe Donnohue

If that squad was trying to qualify for the senior European Championship or World Cup you would expect them to make it. At this tournament they are up against a lot of players who are still trying to break into the first team at their respective clubs, whereas Spain have several players who already have experience of playing regularly in the Champions League.feedback

Arsene Wenger

I would choose Barcelona's equaliser [by Samuel Eto'o] in the 2006 Champions League final because it was offside, and we were 1-0 up with 30 minutes to go. That's the trophy I miss here, you know, so that is for me the most important one. After that maybe I go to a more recent decision – against Bayern Munich when Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a penalty when [Robert] Lewandowski was offside. That just comes to my mind now but maybe I forget many, many, many, many more.feedback

Arsene Wenger

I would choose Barcelona's equaliser in the 2006 Champions League final because it was offside, and we were 1-0 up with 30 minutes to go. That's the trophy I miss here, you know, so that is for me the most important one. The second one I would choose is the second yellow card for Robin van Persie at Barcelona in 2011, because this was the moment we were qualified against a very strong team, and it was a very difficult decision to accept - it basically killed our chances.feedback

William Gallas

The Champions League is different to the Premier League. You need experience, you need to be more clever and stay focused. If you compare our squad back then with now, we had many older and more experienced players.feedback

William Gallas

It was a big shame what happened to them last season, but this Tottenham squad is a little too young for the Champions League. Against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen in the group games, it showed that they needed more experience.feedback

Joaquim Batica

I think that as a 24-year-old player who has played in the Champions League, played a quarter-final of the World Cup, took part in championships in Spain, France, England, Greece, Portugal, he has a very important background.feedback

Cristiano Ronaldo

We are obviously used to spending time together away at tournaments, and it helps that we have a great bunch of lads and are all very close. There are a lot of jokers and it is a great atmosphere. I'd promised that, if we won the Champions League and I scored a goal, I'd do it. I did it and I shaved myself.feedback

Harry Kane

Obviously coming second last year and the Champions League, we want to improve and going into that World Cup, there's no better trophy to win in the world.feedback

Hugo Almeida

Of course he will win the Ballon d'Or. He won La Liga and the Champions League what more can you want.feedback

Leonid Slutsky

Local experience is the most important thing. It does not matter in England that I have won this many Russian titles, or managed this many Champions League games.feedback

Robbie Fowler

We all know there's a massive summer coming up. I think the objective of this season was getting in to the Champions League. Ideally we wanted to win the league but it became apparent we were never going to do that. The important thing is we got to the Champions League.feedback

Gerard Houllier

Even the Champions League final, Juventus and Real Madrid. Who won? The team that had Ronaldo. It is a collective sport where the individual makes the difference.feedback

Kevin Muscat

We're extremely happy to have secured Kosta's services again. Kosta is a player who really complements the way we like to play and to be able to sign him for the next two years is a big boost so early in the recruiting process. There's no doubt in my mind that his best years are still ahead of him, so he'll be an important player as we navigate our way through a busy campaign that also includes AFC Champions League.feedback

Andre Silva

I chose Milan because they're a club with great history in the Champions League, I'm happy that Milan wanted me and I couldn't pass up this opportunity. I hope to help Milan in the coming seasons.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

I'm 99.9 percent certain of retirement. I'm going to have one final, intense season, rich in big moments, and then it will be time to say enough is enough. We've just left one small possibility open with the president [Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli]. That is if we manage to win the Champions League I will carry on playing one more year to try to win the Club World Cup and other trophies.feedback

Jordan Henderson

Everybody was over the moon that we got in the top four. Now we have got to go and win the play-off to actually get into the group stages of the Champions League. Of course we would have liked to win something as well but you have got to take one step at a time and that is a big achievement. Since I have been here, we have only been in the Champions League once. It is a good step in the right direction for us and it will help us develop as a squad.feedback

Kylian Mbappe

[The Champions League] is a dream, a competition that everyone wants to win and that only a minority can win - the most important are the titles. That would be much more of an obsession for me than the Ballon d'Or, for example. I want to touch the stars and, when you dream, you do not dream of playing the middle of the table or maintaining it. [The 2018 World Cup] is the number one goal at international level. As I always say, dreams are good but it's up to me to work for them.feedback

Ilkay Gundogan

I think it was still a good and successful season. The way we played; we started really well in the first seven or eight games – we won everything. It was important to get this third position in the Premier League to go direct into the Champions League, but maybe some people think we could have done more.feedback

Riyad Mahrez

It's an honour to receive compliments like this from such a big manager [Wenger] in world football. But there's a big difference between an offer and speculation, so there is nothing on the table at the moment. I think it would be the right time for me to leave, I have experienced everything at this football club. I went from the Championship to the Premier League, I stayed up with the team the next season, we won the Premier League, I won the PFA player of the year award, I played the Champions League, so we did something quite exceptional.feedback

Ricardo Rodriguez

I can't wait to play in the Europa League. I will do my best. We also want to do well in Serie A and get back into the Champions League, we will do everything to play in it.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I'm really bad at picking teams. Inter were in big trouble. Real Madrid were in big trouble. Manchester United in big trouble. [I like to work at] teams who want to win, but who are miles away from being able to win. The captain of Real Madrid [Sergio Ramos], who lifted the trophy just the other day and who is now a three-time European champion, had never played in a Champions League quarter-final when I arrived at Real Madrid in 2010.feedback

Jamie Carragher

You want to be in all the top competitions; [Champions League qualification] was a big thing for Liverpool but they're still not there yet, they've still got a qualifying game. We've just got to make sure we get in it and hopefully that will attract the players.feedback

Harry Kane

I'd do whatever I can to win that big gold trophy [the Ballon d'Or]. It is definitely something I aspire to do. Ronaldo won La Liga and the Champions League and that is why he wins it. Messi is in a similar situation. To do that it isn't just individual, it is about a team winning trophies and, hopefully, that is what I can do at Tottenham. [At] club level, I have had a good few seasons but to take that next step it is international football - in the big games, in big moments.feedback

Karim Benzema

Juve are a tough team but if we win it's because we're a team that nobody can stop. The celebration of the Champions League trophy was amazing.feedback

Lionel Messi

It's what I always dreamed and what I always wanted. I would like to finish my career at Barcelona. We play to win titles. We want to be in the Champions League final and to win LaLiga. This year it wasn't to be.feedback

Marcelo Bielsa

I've seen people joke about it. I remember what he told us before the preliminary round of the Champions League last summer. He said that Atletico did not have the best players, but because of their desire and heart, they had one of the best teams. Today we can see the cause and effect of their journey.feedback

Cristiano Ronaldo

The portuguese attacker, who recently won his fourth Champions League, will grace the cover of this years FIFA game which will be released on the 29th September. It is a real pleasure to be on the cover of FIFA 18, It's a great feeling and I am grateful to have been chosen.feedback

Liu Yong Hui

The Chinese supporters will feel that it is a pity that two Chinese teams cannot meet in the AFC Champions League final.feedback

Jesse Lingard

He's settled back in, he's a fun vibrant lad and gives a lot of good energy off, especially in the changing room. He can make the atmosphere very good before games and really get you on it. It's a great atmosphere. We're sixth this year but obviously in the Champions League and next year we will concentrate on the Premier League.feedback

Cristiano Ronaldo

It was a promise. I'd promised that, if we won the Champions League and I scored a goal, I'd do it. I did it and I shaved myself. I always try to do my best for the team and things are going well. The truth is that the numbers don't lie. You can always count on me.feedback

Didier Deschamps

If you ask him, he's ready, he's sure. He's capable of starting a match, he's already done it against Spain. He has shown with his club, in Ligue 1 and the Champions League, that he is performing and decisive. It can be the same with us. He knows what he can do. He knows I have confidence in him. I told him after the Paraguay match.feedback

Eden Hazard

I only know that I still have a contract with Chelsea for three seasons and that we just had an amazing 2016-17 campaign. We want to continue on this path and want to build on this in the Champions League. I am feeling very well at Chelsea. But you never know what will happen. I have not met the board yet to discuss a new deal.feedback

Zinedine Zidane

In short I think he has been nearly perfect in the way he has managed this team and that's why he's got two Champions League titles in a row.feedback

Patrice Evra

This year they qualified for the Champions League and some people said they did not play good football, but we are not in the circus.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

For us it's a fantastic opportunity even because we have returned to the Champions League, we have played a very hard Europa League, for several reasons. But recognise that the best teams are in the Champions League.feedback

Ander Herrera

We are already thinking about the European Super Cup. Football is about trophies, no? About achieving objectives. Now we are going to play Champions League. Three trophies: League Cup, Community Shield and Europa League. I know it is difficult to play in a big club like Manchester United as a No.10 because you know how many goals you have to score to play there. So I thought I had to add something to my game. I had to give more options to the manager. We both agreed.feedback

David Martin

A well deserved party because Real Madrid won several titles this season. Along with the Champions League, they took La Liga, European Supercup and World Cup of Clubs. But in the heads of all these supporters there is already a new challenge: the 13th Champions League for the next season.feedback

Zinedine Zidane

I'm not the best coach in the world. Clearly, I'll continue… our thoughts are already turning to the next year. We're happy because it's not easy to achieve things like winning the league and the Champions League. We've got there with hard work and optimism. It has been a spectacular year.feedback

Gareth Bale

I think it adds to the history of this club. This club is the biggest in Champions League history ever and now we have even more. It's great to be a part of and we want to make more.feedback

Cristiano Ronaldo

Hey boss, how are you? We've got another record, the first team to retain the Champions League and the top scorer in the tournament. What more could I ask?feedback

Marco Asensio

It's incredible to win with Real Madrid and also to score in a Champions League final. Now we have to celebrate.feedback

Zinedine Zidane

There's no doubt whatsoever, today is a truly historic day for Madrid's fans, myself and our big family. Having said that, you know how things are. Next year it's going to be even more difficult. We're going to have to work very hard to win once again. But today we can say that we are a very good team and that we deserved to win the league and the Champions League. It was not easy.feedback

Eden Hazard

The Champions League is a very difficult competition with many good teams who are capable of reaching the semi-finals and the final. You never know, but if we continue with the way we've been playing this season we can go far. Maybe with a couple of new players to take the level even higher we can do well, but it's not just about quality, you also need a bit of luck.feedback

Antonio Conte

The Champions League is a very difficult competition with many good teams who are capable of reaching the semi-finals and the final. You never know, but if we continue with the way we've been playing this season we can go far.feedback

Zinedine Zidane

No one did it [defending the Champions League] and we did it so you can say today is a truly historic day for all Madrid fans, for myself, for the whole [Madrid] family. But you know how things are. Next year it's going to be even more difficult and we are going to have to work very hard to be able to win once again. In the end you're playing against a great team and it's a 50-50 chance but we started with difficulty.feedback

Eden Hazard

Of course, I would consider it if Madrid made an offer. I am keen to win trophies. It would be great to win the Champions League. But Chelsea's goal is to win the Champions League as well. Honestly, I do not know what will happen.feedback

Zinedine Zidane

I'm not the best coach in the world. Clearly, I'll continue… our thoughts are already turning to next year but now we're going to enjoy this. It's a tremendous feeling of joy for the players and the club. We're happy because it's not easy to achieve things like winning the league and the Champions League. It's the same, it's a special day, but LaLiga was the happiest day of my career, because it's 38 matches and to win with the last one is brilliant. It's a year that the players and the club should be congratulated for.feedback

Cristiano Ronaldo

It was a spectacular final. I prepared for this. It was a good choice of mine and my coach and I'm very happy for how I've finished. I want to thank the fans for their support from the very start of the Champions League. The objective now is to win it again next year. Anything is possible.feedback

Cristiano Ronaldo

It was a spectacular end to the season with La Liga and the Champions League. We've got another record, the first team to retain the Champions League and the top scorer in the tournament. What more could I ask?feedback

Alvaro Morata

I don't know, it doesn't depend only on me. I'm happy here, it's my dream to be here, we've just won the Champions League and I'm not thinking about anything other than celebrating. How can I be disappointed if we've won the Champions League? It would be selfish.feedback

Alex Ferguson

It [the Champions League] is definitely the most entertaining tournament in football and players are big celebrities and see it as a platform to perform, enjoy themselves and excel to the best of their abilities.feedback

Sergio Ramos

We had a date with history, we really wanted to win and we managed to achieve what no-one has ever done before – win two Champions League finals in a row. Our success is no accident and three Champions League in four years is crazy. It is a historic day and we must savour it and be aware of what we achieved. We have formed a big group led by a great coach in Zizou.feedback

Cristiano Ronaldo

It's been incredible, another amazing season. To finish the year with the Champions League and the record, I'm very happy.feedback

Gary Lineker

It's quite different if you bring the Champions League final to a city like Cardiff compared to a city like London. London will not change if the Champions League final comes to town. For Cardiff it's a fantastic experience. It's a bit of a challenge for us because of the lack of infrastructure - hotels and things like that - but I'm sure that they will never forget it.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

The emotions I feel might be different to any other guy who's younger, like Dani (Alves). Dani has already won this competition and he has four or five years ahead in his career. I have to rule out this possibility, so yes, it will be much more special for me. He's a bit like me. He's an optimist. He said, Yes, I will help you win the Champions League.feedback

Zinedine Zidane

You can say today is an historic day for all Madrid fans, for the players and for myself. I feel extremely happy because the truth is it's been a special year, you couldn't dream of anything better. We won the league on the last day and we know it's very difficult to win a Champions League final for the second year running – we've managed to do it. We started with difficulties but I think in the second half we were clearly superior. We kept the ball, pressured higher up and physically I think we won the game there as well because of the determination we showed.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

I sent him a text when I heard he signed for Juventus. He's a bit like me, he's an optimist and he said: 'Yes I will help you win the Champions League'. Until now he has been a revelation for me. Not as a player, we've all seen, we've all learned what he can do on a pitch. We know him as a footballer but I met him and got to know him and off the pitch there's a lot more to him than what you see on the pitch.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

This year is different. Last year, we had a good season in the Champions League, lost to Bayern Munich [in the round of 16] just one minute before the end of the game and we have been growing gradually.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

We have to win. In 2015 we got to the final and deserved to, but at the same time perhaps we were not strongly motivated – maybe we didn't feel confident enough after struggling for a few years in the Champions League. We didn't get to the final by chance, but we didn't expect to win. This year is different. Last year we had a good season in the Champions League and lost to Bayern in the last minute. We've been growing gradually. Now it's completely different.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

Juventus haven't lost six finals, we've been involved in eight! Making the final is incredible. There's only one Champions League like there's only one Superbowl and what matters is being in the right place at the right time.feedback

Eden Hazard

Next season, we will have the Champions League to play but we want to keep the Premier League trophy in Chelsea. It's going to be hard but we know [people] expect a lot from Chelsea now. But now is the time to think about holidays.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

Next season, under Conte, I expect that Chelsea will be one of the big challengers in the Champions League.feedback

Tim Bridge - Deloitte

By doing so, they created a demand for tickets and a safe, secure environment that attracted a new audience to their games. That set them apart from all of their traditional rivals. However, Juve have also benefited enormously from the other Italian clubs' poor results in European competition because it has allowed them to keep almost the entire market pool from Italy's Champions League TV revenue all for themselves.feedback

Vladimir Jugovic

It gave me a Bianconero heart, I feel Juventino and I hope that Juve can lift the Champions League trophy on Saturday.feedback

Fernando Morientes

Madrid always have very good teams. If they won this Champions League, they would be in the best position of history.feedback

Fernando Morientes

It is not a surprise for me because he is a good manager. He won La Liga and the Champions League last year. He also did very good work in Castilla. At Madrid, they have always had very good teams. The Galacticos, Zidane, Roberto Carlos, [Luis] Figo, all those players. But in this moment, Madrid have an excellent team.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

This game is very important to me. When I think about this long career, in which I have played many years I am grateful. It would be the perfect final [to win in Cardiff] and people do like fairy-tales. Perhaps then we didn't feel confident because we had struggled in the Champions League in the years before. We didn't end up in the final by chance but we didn't expect to win. This year it is different … Juventus have improved a lot as a club.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

Next season, under Conte, I expect that Chelsea will be one of the big challenges in the Champions League. Then coaches like Pep (Guardiola) and (Jose) Mourinho, who have had a lot of success in Europe, will also be strong. It will be their second season with their clubs and they can also challenge.feedback

Peter Moore

Players who want to play in Champions League - let's not forget this is a World Cup season at the end of next year and players want their national team managers to see them on the big stages.feedback

Jean-Michel Aulas

I've not had his agent on the phone, nor him, as I've been in Cardiff (For the Women's Champions League final).feedback

Peter Moore

I think the stars are aligned here at the moment. We have good owners, amazing investment in the stadium, we are presently laying down a brand new multi-million pound players surface, planning to improve our training facilities, we have a world class manager, money to spend on the team and we will be ready for our Champions League qualifying games.feedback

Gareth Bale

It is massively special for me personally, as it is where I was born, where I grew up. Any Champions League final is special, but obviously this is a little bit extra special. I always dreamed I'd play a Champions League final, but never in my home town. At the time there was not a stadium big enough, I don't think. You never expect to win two [Champions League] finals, never mind three. It is the reason I came to this club, to play in finals, to win trophies, and that is what we are doing at the moment. Hopefully, we can add another one now on Saturday.feedback

Emmanuel Petit

I have respect for both clubs but for one player in particular I would love Juventus to win the Champions League – I want them to win it for Gigi Buffon.feedback

Emmanuel Petit

If Zidane could win the Liga regularly, that would be more important to me than the Champions League – and he's done it in his first season. The week in, week out test of that league is the real test of a manager. This guy, I love him. He's such a great example to the younger generation. How he handles himself as a player and a person.feedback

Emmanuel Petit

It didn't work as well with Ancelotti and Benitez – when they tried the players didn't listen and fought the authority. Zidane has communicated in a smooth way, he's a natural. It was a surprise when he won the Champions League last season – I wanted to see how he'd cope with La Liga over the course of a season.feedback

Emmanuel Petit

The way he managed the team and the turnaround he's brought about is incredible. Before Zidane, some managers tried to rest Ronaldo but they couldn't as he wanted to play every game. Zizou has convinced him he should play the games he can to really help the team. Then he goes and scores a hat-trick against Atletico in the Champions League semi-final. This guy, I love him. He's such a great example to the younger generation. How he handles himself as a player and a person.feedback

John Petter

Making the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League available for free to everyone in the UK shows that BT really is serious about making sport much more accessible to the public. These are two of the biggest club football tournaments in the world and showing them live on social media and on mobile devices makes it more readily available to a younger audience as well as available to traditional TV viewers.feedback

Khaldoon Al-Mubarak - Manchester City

But nevertheless, the point remains that going into next year, no doubt, teams that are in Europe will have a more challenging experience of winning the league than teams not in Europe but that's no excuse because, for us, our job is to try to win both the Premier League and the Champions League and to do everything we can to do so and that will remain our objective.feedback

Khaldoon Al-Mubarak - Manchester City

There's no doubt it's extremely hard to do the double, because of the nature of the Premier League and the level of competition in the Champions League. This is an unbelievably challenging feat to achieve, but nevertheless you would not be in the position I am if you don't think and believe you can do it. Winning the league is winning the league, and they've done an incredible job and my hat is off to Antonio Conte and his squad and the entire management of Chelsea, they've done an incredible job this year and the results speak for themselves.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The league wins, the cup wins. Until this season, the 20 years in the Champions League, I think he's a guy that's brought the club forward to a world status and we should recognise that.feedback

Cristiano Ronaldo

We can get a double, defend the title and enter the history of the Champions League. It's a big motivation and there's only one step left.feedback

Gareth Bale

To be in the final in my home city, where I was born, is an incredible feeling, but there's one more job to do and that's to win the Champions League again and make history.feedback

Zinedine Zidane

When you lose a final it's a horrible feeling but it's part of football. I accept what football has given me. When I arrived at this club I had to win the Champions League and I got it with this white shirt. After we won the league it was something spectacular. I'm still feeling it and I'm very happy.feedback

Gareth Bale

I'm sure [Zidane] will speak to us and I'll find out at some point, but I have been working hard, training now the last few days. We had a practice game on Saturday and I came through it all unscathed. I feel strong, feel fit, [but] obviously match fitness is a different thing. It has been a difficult season, so whatever I am required to do [I will do]. I obviously have battled hard to get fit for this, and whatever is the best for the team is the most important thing: to lift that Champions League trophy is the most important thing.feedback

Riyad Mahrez

Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City Football Club I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on. I had a good discussion with the Chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.feedback

Iker Casillas

I obviously support Madrid, but Buffon's career should not come to an end without him having won the Champions League. He has won almost everything, except this one and it is weighing down on him. He has had a great season and that he is in the final again is something positive for the old players like Petr Cech and me. He is showing that you can still do well and be competitive at the age of 39.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

There's only one Champions League like there's only one Super Bowl and what matters is being in the right place at the right time. I'm delighted to be in the final and I feel fortunate to be leading a team out in Cardiff on Saturday.feedback

Lionel Messi

It was a marvellous season. Few people predicted that we could go so far, even in Ligue 1. Winning the Ligue 1 title was special, since the club had not won for so long [17 years] and having such a powerful opponent in PSG. In the Champions League, after going through all the qualifying stages, picking up a group that was called a 'death group' and surviving to the semi-final was magical. If we look at all of the teams behind us – Barcelona, Bayern, [Manchester] City and Dortmund, which we have eliminated – it's a great achievement.feedback

Gonzalo Higuain

The fact that I played for Real earlier in my career adds some extra intrigue to the game for me personally but I can't stress how much I want to win the Champions League for Juventus. I hope we win, then it doesn't matter who scores. I came here to win. Right now we are doing well, we have won two competitions and we hope to win another in a few days.feedback

Marc Bartra

We might not have been so consistent in the Bundesliga, but we played well in the Champions League and won the cup.feedback

Vincenzo Montella - AC Milan

We are a club that also likes great players, even though we will not compete in the Champions League next season.feedback

Juan Mata

The road wasn't neither short nor easy, but we finally got our goal, so next season we will play in the Champions League, which is what this club deserves and where we all want to be. Ajax was a tough opponent (it's very brave to give so much confidence to so many young players in a team, so credit to them for that). However, I think we deserved to win because ever since the first minute of the final we had a very clear idea of what we wanted and we performed as an experienced, well-prepared team.feedback

Santiago Canizares

I had a really good time with the fans. It's impossible to live a match like that with a low pulse. I was sure they were going to lose the Mastercard challenge. It gives prestige to teams, there is the television rights, the fans. Winning the Champions League is the objective of all of the big teams at the start of the season and for some other sides I have played for, winning it was their biggest dream. It is the competition with the most emotions, one that the best players save themselves for. Without doubt, winning the Champions League means being the best team in the world.feedback

Santiago Canizares

The Champions League is the title with the most prestige, that is something everybody agrees on.feedback

Giorgio Chiellini

In a Champions League final you have to do your basics well but also be able to go above and beyond.feedback

Thibaut Courtois

It's not a good feeling now. I had the same thing in Spain when I won the league and then lost the Champions League. We wanted to end on a high, now we feel sad. Winning is everything so this is hard to face but we have to try to forget it. The first goal should never have been allowed - it was clearly a handball and then Ramsey was offside because he was interfering in play. I think it was a handball even if it was maybe not deliberate. His hands were not in a natural position. At the start of every season they tell us the rules and now the hands were not where they should be.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I don't care about football for a month. I'm really happy with our season, the [EFL Cup and Europa League] trophies, to be back in Champions League but now I have a rest, to disconnect completely and enjoy my family and friends and other sports I like.feedback

Antonio Conte

When you stay for a long time for sure he is a good manager. We must consider him to be one of the best managers in history. For Chelsea it is very important to keep the right concentration. In this aspect we could start as underdogs because we won the league and we celebrated winning it. It was right to enjoy the moment, and in the other side we face a team who has lost the chance to play in Champions League. They have only this to go for this season. We must retain great focus and desire.feedback

Kylian Mbappe

For all of his work, [Buffon] deserves the Ballon d'Or, but I think it depends on the Champions League final. If Real Madrid win, I think it will be Cristiano Ronaldo but otherwise, I think it would be good for Buffon to win the Golden Ball. It's flattering to be compared to Henry, but as I said and I repeat: 'everybody writes his story.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

We will look to end the Serie A season on a high by winning against Bologna, then we will think about the Champions League final. Higuain, Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Juan Cuadrado will line up in attack on Saturday.feedback

Arsene Wenger

Plus, we had to buy the soil and the all businesses we had to buy out so it went for over £420million, and we had to pay a huge amount of money back every year and that's why we had to stay in the Champions League.feedback

Arsene Wenger

Today the television money makes the weight of the Champions League much weaker. At the time it was absolutely needed. That was, for me, the biggest period of pressure between 2006 and 2014. If you told me today I'd do that again I would say 'no thank you, I'll leave that to someone else.feedback

Antonio Conte

It is a good opportunity for me to lift it. I don't trust that [Saturday] will be the last game for Arsene. He has done a good job and only this season they missed the Champions League. Sometimes you can undervalue this, they played 19 years in a row in this competition, it shows that his work is very good. It would be great to do this, but in modern football it is difficult to stay in the same club. But if you stay for many years and improve your club it is the best solution to build something important.feedback

Steven Gerrard

I was looking around and it was a strange feeling out there. I was thinking if Jurgen Klopp had been at the club a bit earlier what might have been. I want to play for him and I am 37 next week! For me, it's such an exciting project. Not just because we qualified for the Champions League but the whole project.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

I want to stay at Juventus. I have a contract until 2018 and need to talk to the club after the Champions League final.feedback

Arsene Wenger

We had to stay in the Champions League and we had to make at least 54,000 people [happy]. There are debates when you build a stadium. How big can it be? It's quite simple: at the time it was £4,000 per seat. You multiply that by 60,000 and it's £240million.feedback

Claude Makelele

Next season we will see him become even better because he will have the challenge of the Champions League. He is also part of a fantastic generation of young players coming through for France, which will also see him develop.feedback

Paul Pogba

If Juventus win the Champions League, I am very happy, very happy. Then we would be in the Super Cup against them? True. But I can say good luck to my former team-mates. We wanted to do it right from the start of the competition. We got up there and we are very proud now.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

It's the end of a very difficult season but I think a very good season. We prefer this way rather than finishing fourth, third or second, we got the objective to go back to Champions League and win an important title. The club is now a club with every title and we are very happy cos we fought hard since the beginning.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I think not. Honestly, I think not. But you never know. Good players are always welcome. The club knows perfectly well what I want. They knew two months ago. It had nothing to do with qualifying for the Champions League. A giant club, but it's not a giant team. We need that second step, possibly the third one.feedback

Wayne Rooney

We've seen in the last three or four Premier League games we've been focusing in on this game to try to make sure we get the win and obviously get the Champions League spot, which we've done, but also to get a trophy. So it's a good moment for us.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

There is no question that if we're not in the Champions League other clubs will be able to attract them quicker than us but we just have to go about our business. For me, enough is enough. It has been a very hard last few months, we were short of numbers. Three trophies in one season and the Champions League. I am very happy in my most difficult season as a manager.feedback

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

We have personnel decisions to make. The transfer activity starts now. Sule has come on really well in the last six months and has also been called up to the Germany squad. He's a player who'll make a positive contribution for us in the future. [Rudy is one of the players who guaranteed Hoffenheim's qualification for the Champions League. We've already discussed the transfer policy with [manager] Carlo [Ancelotti] and the board and decided on targets. Next season we'll have a team that's more than capable of challenging for titles again.feedback

Alex Brosque

I think we can [beat Liverpool]. They're a great team in the Champions League next year and a huge worldwide club, but I think we gave Chelsea and Tottenham a good go two years ago.feedback

Frank Leboeuf

It's very hard to stay as Real Madrid coach for a long time, Mr Perez is very impatient. When it's possible, Zidane will join the national team, that's for sure. It seems that when Zinedine Zidane touches something, it becomes golden. When Real Madrid decided to name him as head coach, he came into the dressing room as the guy who won the World Cup and had worked hard for the club and won the Champions League with a fantastic volley in Glasgow [in 2002], so he had the respect of the dressing room.feedback

Frank Leboeuf

When Real Madrid decided to name him as head coach, he came into the dressing room as the guy who won the World Cup and had worked hard for the club and won the Champions League with a fantastic volley in Glasgow [in 2002], so he had the respect of the dressing room. But I think his work alongside Ancelotti as an assistant, and then his work in charge of the reserve team, gave him enough experience to get into the job.feedback

Joe Cole

Not only do I think he will be a success, he's already a success. I've seen ex-players criticise him, but he's already a success there. And when he wins the Europa League, I'll go as far as to say that – after [Antonio] Conte – he's probably the manager of the season, to get that group of players to win two trophies and get to the Champions League. Let's just say he's gone deep in the Europa League and there's probably a good chance he's going to win, so that's two trophies.feedback

Antoine Griezmann

I want titles, I'm ready to leave. We [Atletico] finished third in La Liga. It was the objective of the club, but we, the players, want more. With Atletico I've reached a final and a semi-final in the Champions League; we're close, but we lack something. I'll see what the club do. It will depend on the transfers. My family, know that I love football to win trophies. I want to win titles. I've reached a point where playing nice football and scoring goals isn't enough anymore. That's it. Winning titles is what I'm looking for this summer, when deciding my future.feedback

Antoine Griezmann

We finished third in LaLiga. It was the club's objective but the players want more. I want to win trophies. I've come to a point where I play really well and score goals but it's not enough. That's it. To win trophies is what I'm going to look for this summer from the moment I decide my future. I reached a final and a semi-final of the Champions League with Atletico. We're close but we're missing something.feedback

James Milner

That's probably a question for the manager. I am a Liverpool player and want to be contributing as much as I can for the football club. I proved this year I will play wherever the manager wants me to play. It's up to him. I think so but it's disrespectful to the club if you say the only reason you are going to Liverpool is for Champions League. With the history, the manager and the players at this club, it's slightly disrespectful if the only reason you come is that.feedback

Gerard Pique

Messi this year will win the Golden Shoe as top scorer and deserves the Ballon d'Or again. But if you must look at the trophies then Buffon has won the Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and can win the Champions League. He deserves it for his career and also for this season and it would be good for another goalkeeper to win it after [Lev] Yashin. It'll be a game between two great teams.feedback

Chris Sutton

It's going to be an interesting summer in terms of who Chelsea are going to acquire in their recruitment because they've got the Champions League next season.feedback

Juan Mata

The Champions League is the best competition and it's one this club should be playing in every season. Now we are playing in the Europa League and if we win it as I did a few years ago [when Chelsea beat Benfica in 2013], it's a double bonus, as it's a trophy and a Champions League spot, so it's very important for us. [Either way] we still want to play European football. Hopefully it is [in the Champions League on] Tuesday and Wednesdays, instead of Thursdays [in the Europa League], but if it's Thursdays we will play Thursdays and it wouldn't be an excuse not to try to win the title.feedback

Luciano Spalletti

There's no other thought than Roma-Genoa now, and I don't know if it really will be Totti's farewell. He must say what he plans to do and I don't know what he's thinking. Certainly, during the game, he'll have the opportunity to help his team-mates win for a Champions League [group-stage] spot.feedback

Juan Mata

We'd be round the table together having something to eat and then the TV would be put on and we'd watch the Champions League, . And, yeah, we'd be wishing next season that we are there.feedback

Juan Mata

Yeah, it's true. The Champions League is the best competition and it's one this club should be playing in every season. Now we are playing in the Europa League and if we win it as I did a few years ago [with Chelsea], it's a double bonus, as it's a trophy and a Champions League spot, so it's very important for us.feedback

Thierry Henry

Are they entertaining? Are they a nice side to watch? At the end of the day, it will be the EFL Cup and the Europa League - if they win it. Then they will be in the Champions League and it will be a successful season. Whether you like Jose Mourinho or not, it will be a successful season. Everyone would love to see Wayne Rooney finish his career at Manchester United, but I doubt it. I think he might have to go. When you have a player like Rooney and he's not playing, what's the point. If he's not part of the team, then he should go. That's exactly what John Terry said when he left Chelsea.feedback

Thierry Henry

I'm sure he wants to be successful with Arsenal but if he sees it is not going to happen like this year and next year, there will be no Champions League so he has to wait another year and then there are no guarantees you will make it the year after so let's see what is going to happen this summer but it is vital to keep him.feedback

Thierry Henry

I hope he is going to stay but he wants to win the Champions League. He wants to be at a club that is going to be competing at least and it hasn't happened recently at Arsenal. Who knows what is going to happen with him. Is he going to listen to other teams who are going to come and get him? He is 28 or 29 soon so he knows that the clock is ticking.feedback

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