Last quote about Champions League
All quotes about Champions League
I can only say one thing. Unzue is a superb professional. A fantastic person. We are very happy with his work. We are delighted that he is working the way he is doing. When the season is over, and it has been said by several club spokespersons, the coach will be announced. The club always works, constantly. Also in sports planning. But the most important thing is what we have on the table. And we are alive in the League, in the Champions League and in the Copa del Rey.
We want Arsene Wenger to renew his contract, to continue his adventure, because we support him. We hope we can win the cup and that Arsenal qualify for the Champions League.
It's going to be even more vital to come back after the international break even stronger. We need to go to Arsenal and win the game because we want to be part of the Champions League again next season.
Of course the supporters are disappointed because of the results. Anyone would be with what's happened on the pitch. But they have quality players, players who can react, players who are part of the Champions League every season. They can beat anyone. They remain good players. Maybe commitment wise they were not that confident and without that confidence it's difficult to play. They remain a good team and dangerous to play against.
We want to see Arsene sign a new deal. We want him to continue this adventure because we all support him. We hope to win the FA Cup this season and qualify for the Champions League again.
This was an extraordinary afternoon. It felt like a Champions League game because of the atmosphere. All those fathers with their kids have had a magnificent day.
The diagnosis is difficult. We were in a place of expectation, emotion: we were very close to the quarter-final of the Champions League – when that didn't happen, it affects you, your ilusión. It's an emotional situation. We didn't find ourselves and details went against us. The script didn't help psychologically. When we did control, they scored. And then it becomes an uphill task.
You cannot imagine. It is one of happiest days of my career as a manager. I am so proud. After the Champions League, the last few days at training people were so, so, sad, people don't talk too much. We arrive here against Liverpool who have no Europe all season and one week to prepare. The spirit, how we played, it is one of my happiest days as a manager. We created more than them. Our problem is we don't score when they are easy goals. At least we showed spirit that we didn't show in the first half in Monaco.
We lived a tough two days after being out of the Champions League, our mood and what happened in Monaco. In the first half we were what we are, and in the second half again and again and again how many chances we missed, it was tough, and playing against a team like Liverpool who were all week preparing for the game.
We lived a tough two days after being out of the Champions League, our mood and what happened in Monaco. In the first half we were what we are, and in the second half again and again and again how many chances we missed, it was tough, and playing against a team like Liverpool who were all week preparing for the game. How they fight until the last moment, how they put absolutely everything that they had on the pitch. Sometimes you play important games but you are just focused on that and your mood is okay.
We still have two doors open to play Champions League football next season, and that's the good thing of the week.
Now we have to look at the possibility of qualifying automatically for the Champions League. It is normal that when you do not get what you want – a win – there is frustration and bitterness [in the dressing room].
[I applaud] our attitude and desire and our way of thinking. We don't have plan B, C, D, E, F and G - but we have M, N, O, P and S. It is fantastic because we manage in the same week, to go to the quarter-finals of the Europa League which is an important target for us. At the same time, we got these three points that keep us in the race for the fourth position so we still have two doors for Champions League football next season. These guys gave everything, we started the game really well. Valdes made three fantastic saves before our first goal. We controlled everything until our second goal.
Yeah, big win, because it keeps us alive in the fourth-position race. If we don't win today then we lose a chance in relation to Arsenal's defeat, to Manchester City v Liverpool. I'd prefer to win the Europa League because it gives us the same, Champions League football, but it gives us a trophy, prestige, a European Super Cup. But maybe we don't win the Europa League. So we have to fight to try to finish fourth. It's a massive victory for us.
Him being there next season is doubtful just because of the noise. I hope he's there next season. I think Wayne still has a lot to offer, but he wants to play more often. There's definitely some doubt, but there's still two to three months left in the season. United have plenty to play for, including qualifying for the Champions League. My view would be, maybe his mind can be changed by what happens in those months. With Ibrahimovic missing it is an opportunity for Marcus Rashford, but also for Rooney potentially. Look at life nowadays and social media, we're so quick to judge everybody.
My time in Italy was when the Italians decided that, when clubs go to the knockout stages of the Europa League and Champions League, the week before, if they play Tuesday or Wednesday, they play on the Friday. In Portugal, every time in Europe plays on the next Monday. Every country is doing that, Germany are doing that.
We lived a tough two days after going out the Champions League because of our mood after Monaco. It was tough playing a team like Liverpool who were preparing all the week for the game. After going out the Champions League the next game is always difficult. I am so proud of my players. We were sad (in midweek) so that is why I am so happy. You have to consider the situation we played this game. How we played against them, a top team - they have exceptional players - means a lot to me. That is why I am so happy.
The Champions League - and an incredible goal we set ourselves - is certainly more distant now.
When you reach a target, it is fantastic. If you don't get it, it doesn't mean you are bad or not the right person. Come on, let's try it again. I feel supporters still think I'm the right person in the right place so we feel that trust and faith. We have to use it but around us is a lot of quality. We need to respect this. I am manager of Liverpool football team and I really enjoy this job. Maybe there are easier jobs out there but it is really good. I would say this season, going to the Champions League would be an outstanding success because of all the quality around us.
The mentality has changed, we are more confident on the pitch, and that confidence is probably the secret as to why we are top of the league. Conte speaks a lot with the players, also on the pitch and on the training ground, preparing very well for the games. It is important for us, when not in the Champions League, to have the time to prepare for the games. This is good for the team, but Antonio is a very good coach with good mentality, good ideas as to how to play and win the games. This is the right way.
We want to play in the Champions League next season. We have a tough job because we have six or seven teams fighting for the places and how well we do until the end of the season will, of course, depend on that. On the rest, we are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, we have an opportunity to do that as well. So overall those are our targets. After that, success is basically to take the maximum out of the potential of the team. Where is that? We will see.
You can't do it one year, and we try to get the best players, but most of them like to play in the Champions League and we are still not playing there.
Would there have been a point in those early months when a section of the Chelsea support hankered for Mourinho still being their manager? When he returned with Inter Milan in March 2010 and knocked Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea out of the Champions League, they pined for him even more. The hankering continued last season even after Mourinho was sacked, as the crowd turned on Chelsea's players. Now the yearning is over. Monday night was the line in the sand.
All the managers and sporting directors want to improve and get better. Even the team that wins the triple will still make changes, so a team that does not win the Champions League or gets to the final will make changes. I knew that. I met the big boss (owner) Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi and I know the plan. We are thinking (of how) to get better. For players and managers, it depends on the results, but I want to be involved in that as much as possible, and to help my team to make the next step and I have more power than ever in my life as a manager.
Liverpool have had a week to prepare; City are licking their wounds after the Champions League exit and are just the kind of team that Liverpool thrive against. City will come on to Jurgen Klopp's side and Liverpool have an impressive record against the other top six clubs. Goals can be expected for a game that neither side will feel they can afford to lose and could easily go either way.
I know Real Madrid very well. The quarter-final of the Champions League is always difficult. This match against Real is special for me and exciting for me to play against Real.
Hopefully it is a good time to play them - no idea. Could I change the time? Would I have been disappointed after going out of the Champions League? Yes. But they can learn, that's all you can do.
It was two spectacular games. Monaco are flying in the league and in the Champions League, too. I thought the changes City made in the game were really good.
We have a lot of confidence and want to win the Champions League this season. I think we have the ability to beat Real Madrid. But they have a fantastic team with a fantastic coach.
Well, it's true that coming up against Ancelotti will be special. I've learned a lot by his side. He's a coach who did great things at this club and he's also a great person as well. I've had the fortune to get to know him closely. I'm happy that we're going to come up against each other because it's going to be a great game. Both of them! Honestly. I learned here it's good to win everything, so I'm sorry, but I'm going to say I'm as excited for the Champions League as I am for trying to win the league.
We should be the last team to play at the weekend. It's as simple as that. We should play Monday, or the last match on Sunday, not 12 o'clock. At least let us sleep a little bit on Sunday, right. But I think you can do that and just have a little finger, a little touch. Can you give me an explanation why we play Sunday at 12 o'clock? Nobody can give me the explanation. So I think it's just a little bit of common sense, if they want. Or, if they're happy that we have one English club in the Champions League and one in the Europa League... wow.
Wenger isn't considering leaving Arsenal. Of course it is ugly to lose 5-1 twice in the Champions League, even though it came versus Bayern. We understand how fans are not happy, neither are we. But as for critics, there are no less grateful persons in football than fans and ex-players. Arsenal's strength in the past 20 years has been Wenger. It is not all about results, but also business part of the club that matters.
I don't think it will be Chelsea or Tottenham but they spend money to play Champions League and one or two of them will not play in the Champions League.
What we like to show, and what also we tried to explain, is you need time. I think if we can do what we want to do for next season then I think we can make the next step, yet even if with more quality or competition in the squad or better players, doesn't mean you play Champions League football. Maybe Man United, Arsenal, City or Liverpool will not qualify for the Champions League and they pay money to play in the Champions League - it can be United or City or Arsenal or Liverpool.
That's our aim. We always want to win every tournament that we are in. The level is very good. But we want to play Champions League next season and this is a way to do that. Well, it was a matter of finishing our chances. In the first half we played great football, but couldn't finish.
Would I have been disappointed going out of the Champions League like this? Yes. Pep was disappointed too but what he said was right, they have to learn from it.
The chairman? I received a text message from him the day after. He prefers to win the Champions League. He was not there [at Stade Louis II] but he is always close to me. So I always feel he is there, so close to the team, so close to me. But he knows, I know better than him, how it works. I always feel in the good moments and bad moments, especially in the bad moments, I appreciate his reaction. I am really impressed.
All the managers and sporting directors want to improve and get better. Maybe the team that wins the treble will still make changes, the team that does not win the Champions League and gets to the final will make changes, so I knew that. I met Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi and I know the plan. It's a team that took the next step seven years ago and we are thinking about how to get better. I want to be involved in that as much as possible and to help my team to make the next step.
I get the idea that the Premier League just expects everyone to be grateful for all the money it makes. But with a little common sense things could be better for everyone. Aren't we good enough in the Premier League to have more teams in Europe at this stage? I don't ask for me, but for all the English teams. Is the Premier League happy to have just one English club in the Champions League and one in the Europa League?
When I was in Italy if you had a Champions League game coming up you could move your league match the previous weekend to Friday night. In Portugal a team playing on the Wednesday in Europe could play its next domestic game on the Monday. This never happens here, and it makes no sense. Nobody can give me an explanation of why we are playing this Sunday at 12 o'clock.
Man Utd is very powerful. It doesn't need to be in the Champions League to attract the best players. Last summer, we got players who could be playing in the Champions League. Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] could be in Paris [with PSG], [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan could be in Borussia [Dortmund]. [Paul] Pogba could be at Juve. We were able to attract the players because they know Manchester United sooner or later will get there. If any player decides not to come because of that I am happy that they are not coming.
When I first arrived, I found a sad club. Manchester United sold players that I never would have sold, and bought players I never would have bought. I would never have sold Di Maria, Chicharito or Danny Welbeck, never, no chance. I think Manchester United are a powerful club, I don't think Manchester United need to play in the Champions League to attract the best players.
Honestly last summer we got players that could be playing in the Champions League, Zlatan could be in Paris, [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan could be in Borussia [Dortmund], Paul [Pogba] could be in Juventus, we were able to attract those players because they know sooner or later Manchester United will get there. If any player decides they do not want to come because of that, I am glad he is not coming.
Atletico don't have any influence [on the draw] so what will be will be. This is an important step, but it is only one step. The Champions League is always special and this is important for the club. I want to acknowledge the great effort from the club and especially from the players, who have given their heart and soul and who have competed in all kinds of situations during these four years.
We were very sloppy, not up to our standard in the first half. We wanted to correct that but we weren't clinical enough in both boxes. We didn't create enough chances and we weren't defensively solid enough in the first half. The second half didn't reflect the scoreline. We were the City people know from this season. We should have scored more goals. We weren't clinical enough in both boxes. We didn't score enough and weren't defensively solid. The gaffer was saying before the game that the more and more he plays in the Champions League, the more it is about set pieces.
I can only agree with Mourinho. No club in the world is able to sign a Bayern Munich player with an ongoing contract if we do not want to sell. I think that both the best German players and the best players abroad look at Bayern in a different way than six or seven years ago. We have made three Champions League finals since 2010 and made the semi-finals five times over the past five years.
We could be fighting for the K League title, the FA Cup and with the [AFC] Champions League I'm hoping that we pass the group stage, and we'll see what happens from there. I arrived very late on February 8 and I didn't do any pre-season with the team, and with my Chinese team I didn't do any pre-season (either), so I didn't do anything practically for three months. So the coach knew about that and he said 'you need a bit of time to get back into the team,' which is fair enough, so I'm just training hard and waiting for my chance.
I'm lost for words. What a night. We thoroughly deserved the victory, we pressed them from the first minute to the last. We rode our luck but defended triumphantly and to get two goals against such a good team and keep a clean sheet is fantastic for us. We thoroughly deserve to be there, we've played brilliantly in this campaign. The Champions League run has been fantastic and we want to keep it going as long as possible.
I was surprised but, like I said, I should have thought about it and not reacted. But come on, man, I am losing, I see the whole thing, coming out of the Champions League, which is a big blow for us. It was just a reaction.
They have Champions League experience so they are coming to discuss the result. One-one is a doubtful result.
Do Manchester United fans support Manchester City in the Champions League against Bayern?
Regardless of the first-leg result and the fact we had a man advantage too, we always stayed focused because if you switch off for even a moment you're instantly made to pay. At the end of the second half, for example, Porto had three clear-cut goalscoring chances and that shows the level of the Champions League.
Milan played six of their last seven European Cup/Champions League finals in a white kit instead of the red and black striped home shirts.
Believe me, I am not thinking about me being seven times in a row in the semi-finals. I am here to help this club get into the next round and maybe another one. I am not here for private ambitions. I am here for one group of people [his players] to do better and better and better in competitions. I am satisfied with my personal success. What I wanted was a new club, to help them to be stable in Europe as many years as possible. When you see all our potential Champions League rivals they are top, top clubs. That is why I cannot answer saying we will win the Champions League.
The only thing is we are playing in Europe and our opponent isn't. Our opponent could because when I left the club last season I left them in the Champions League, winning the Champions League group and qualifying for the Champions League knockout group.
As you can see behind me, the Champions League will be happening up in June, and it is taking place in Cardiff, our capital city. We hope to bring in a vast amount of tourists then, and also put Wales on the map in terms of the coverage that we will get through this sporting event. And that it will also encourage people that are not sports-minded to come and visit Wales once they see our fantastic array of scenery and culture that we have to offer.
Al Ahli's position is similar to ours having fallen out of the race for the Saudi league title. The goal for both teams is now clear - to compete for the AFC Champions League title. This will enhance the confrontation between the two teams. We expect a strong showing from Al Ahli who are well organised but we will do our best to return home with a good result.
So for me it's just a game that comes in the wrong moment for us, because the Europa League is a competition that can give us a Champions League spot, and the FA Cup does not. So the Europa League is more important than the FA Cup for us.
It was a chance to put yourself into the annals of history. We were the first United team to do the Double. And we were the first team ever to do the Double Double. Managers take liberties in the Cup. Before the 1990s, there was only one team in the Champions League. Now it's four, and that's where their focus is.
You have to perform on the pitch, have a good form on the day and you also need some luck. I hope that we can get into the [Champions League] final this year.
It comes down to what Mourinho prioritises. The FA Cup could be a competition that United sacrifice because they have to try and get into the Champions League. Obviously the only two routes are the Europa League and Premier League games. It will be a big challenge mentally on Monday. It might be the one, at this moment in time, that they can sacrifice in terms of trying not to complicate the fixture congestion any more.
Slowly we will reach our objective: a sixth straight Scudetto and Serie A history. I am aware of how important the Champions League is for the Bianconeri and the history of this club.
We are in good shape, both physically and psychologically. Now we are going into the most important part of the season. Great players work all year to be ready for these moments... to win competitions. Together, we can have a great finale to the campaign. I expected it to be a strong Juve side when I arrived, because a team that wins five consecutive Scudetto titles and reaches the Champions League final has to be strong. I came to a club that wants to win everything and that fires me up, it makes me and my team-mates aware every day that we can write history.
I am surprised because I thought PSG would qualify. But this is football. Things did not work well for PSG. That is not really good for France's European coefficient and not good for French representation in Champions League. Now, we are the only one [left].
He now knows what the Premier League is all about and he knows he's got to build a team capable of winning the Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson was great at it, he could build a team but still win an FA Cup or a League Cup. That's what Manchester City and people like Mourinho have to do. Mourinho's already won a trophy this year so as a manager it's great, he's trying to build a team but in the meantime he's won a trophy and the same could go for Manchester City. They could win the Champions League or win the FA Cup.
I think he has to stay now - he's done so much for the club. People are talking about his age and they want a new manager to bring fresh air but it's very difficult to replace intelligence. He's still got the fire and for what he's done he deserves not to go out on such a bad result. Next season it could be a completely difficult situation. On the other hand it has shown the group of players are not yet up for the big competition in the Champions League. Some players give you the impression that if it's really getting tough they don't care anymore.
To finish second [in the Premier League] is better than to finish third and to finish third is better than fourth and fourth is obviously better than not being in the top four and not going to the Champions League. The second position is very difficult but it's very possible. First is impossible. Second is possible and we have to fight for it.
I have lived the goal of (Andres) Iniesta (in the last minute of the Champions League semi-final) at Stamford Bridge (against Chelsea in 2009) but it does not compare to today. It's one thing to score a goal in the 95th minute, three in seven minutes. One can speak of miracle. Tonight I am going to party even though I have training tomorrow... They hire many nurses in hospitals for these times because today you're going to make love a lot.
He had a release clause and if someone was interested and mad enough to pay it, I wasn't going to say anything. But there are other players who accept being considered part of my family and who look on me as a father figure. Those that aren't like that; it's better to sell them every three years. He had one of his best seasons here but in his second we missed out on second place and the Champions League because he missed decisive penalties. Higuain's brother always told me that he didn't like playing with [Jose] Callejon and that I should buy other players.
That Champions League final against Liverpool remains the worst experience of my career.
There was an atmosphere so surreal in there that I couldn't even cry. Losing a Champions League final after being 3-0 up at half-time is really bad. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
I want to stay. I am part of a project and there are not many like this one in Europe. My dream is to win the Champions League here with PSG. I must thank the coach because he always made me confident enough to play – that was the only way I was going to get back into the swing of things.
Dropping Alexis Sanchez for the trip to Anfield was Arsene Wenger's Ruud Gullit moment. Ruud left [Newcastle favourite] Alan Shearer on the bench for a Tyne-Wear derby in 1999 and it proved to be his downfall – he resigned three days after the 2-1 defeat. When things start to go wrong managers can get desperate. [Former Chelsea manager] Andre Villas-Boas left out Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien for a Champions League first leg against Napoli and in his last full season, [Ex-Liverpool boss] Brendan Rodgers did not pick Steven Gerrard for a trip to the Bernabeu.
They have to go into the Europa League, which is a bit different to the Champions League. But now this league is very, very difficult. To win the title and also find a place to play the Champions League is not easy.
We started our season trying to fight until the end to win the title, and to try and fight until the end to be in the right position to go into next season's Champions League.
Yes, yes [we miss it]. For me and my players, yes. The Champions League, I think, must be an appointment for us every year. This was our target. Our target. But for sure, it wasn't easy to start the season and know that six strong teams fight for the title and the Champions League. Don't forget, in this six teams, two won't play in the Champions League next season.
We know there are six strong teams to fight for the Champions League places.
Our objective is to win the title but also to make sure we are in the Champions League.
To see eight goals is not simple. We started our season to try to fight until the end to win the title, to try and fight until the end to be in the right position to be in the Champions League next season - this was our target. Don't forget two of these teams won't play in the Champions League and will be in the Europa League, that's a big difference.
For me and for my players we all miss it. The Champions League must be an appointment for us every year. The Champions League must be our house, for this reason we are putting our strength into making sure we are playing in the Champions League next season. It's a great competition for the players, the club and the manager and we want to try and stay there, to try and fight to win. I watched Manchester City v Monaco live because I wanted to feel this type of game and in the future I hope to watch these games live.
The way he plays, he's got a great reputation around the world. He knows every footballer in the world. He has got a massive reputation. But I think if PSG don't win the Champions League, and I'm not sure if they're going to win the French league with the way that Monaco are playing, if I had to put my money on one, I'd say he'll be manager of PSG next year.
Three points would have kept us in the chase for the title but now we are too far and I don't think Chelsea will lose so many points from their great position. We need to concentrate and make sure we finish as high as possible for the Champions League spots. Believe it or not the game plan was the same in the first and second half. We executed better and played more aggressive with purpose and started winning 50-50s which was the biggest difference between the first and second half.
As always, we focus on the day-to-day and we're in the fifth position because Real Sociedad won and we still have to play. As I already said on other occasions, regarding the numbers, we are closer to being fourth than third, but LaLiga is very long, there are still many matches to be played, many points at stake, but it's clear that the margin for error is decreasing. But we have always competed in a very similar way. The players change, their characteristics vary, but we were always in the Champions League finals, and finishing in the top three.
This year, everything is possible. We are in the lead of the Bundesliga, we are still in the German Cup and have a good chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. In important matches, the team has always been there. That the team does not shine completely this season reveals what we have achieved in recent years. Always being champion, always being at the top every three days, playing great football - it's not that easy.
He can go all the way to the top. You see just now that he's playing in the Champions League, he's scoring goals. He doesn't look out of place, he's one of our best players in every single game.
I really don't know, I'm just focused on this season and I don't want to think too much about that right now. For the Champions League we'll see, we have to fight in the next game against Benfica to reach the next round. We can do something very good this year.
I really don't know, I'm just focused on this season and I don't want to think too much about that right now. For the Champions League we'll see, we have to fight in the next game against Benfica to reach the next round. We can do something very good this year. I try to speak with them because they are young but they are great guys and they are intelligent, so when I speak they hear. I think they will reach a few goals in their career.
Pure hypothetical here: Would it make sense to have a Professional Basketball Champions League? Really, I just want more NBA-Euroleague crossover games than the few preseason games we've gotten, but I have no idea of if the level of competition is close enough to justify such a suggestion. Thoughts?
Yes, I threw it away. In the same week was Champions League against Barcelona and the cup final against Liverpool and in the middle of it we had FA Cup against Newcastle and I threw it away, I gambled too much. So I don't throw it away. If I lose, I lose because the opponent was better. I am not going to throw it away. We go to Blackburn with that respect… So I go serious. I'm going with a good team and I respect the competition a lot.
Every team wants to win the Champions League, but it's a long, hard road and we're on that road. The good thing is that We're in good shape, we have everyone back available, which makes it harder for me to decide who to play, but it makes me very happy.
Sky winning the Champions League rights in the UK would seriously dent BT's Pay TV aspirations and underwrite Sky's TV strategy.
Training with these incredible athletes each day, and learning a unique style of play, is exactly what I need. I will also be immersed in a soccer culture that I believe is precisely what I need at this point in my career. It has always been a dream of mine to 'live' soccer and to compete in the Champions League.
Lyon is a team that's world-renowned for excellence, with a roster that includes many of the greatest players in the world. In fact, Lyon won all three possible titles last season: Champions League, French League and the Coupe de France. They are committed to growing women's soccer and provide the women with first-class facilities and an unparalleled training environment on par with the men's team.
While our financial results for this quarter reflect the impact of our non-participation in the UEFA Champions League, we are pleased that we remain on track to deliver record revenues for the coming year. During the quarter we added a number of top-quality players to our squad, which once again demonstrates our determination to challenge for trophies.
Our problem started in our global attitude where they were playing like it was a Champions League final and we were playing a summer friendly. That is the reality of the way the game started.
When I met Rudi, he told me right away that he wanted to win the Champions League. I knew he was the man for Marseille.
UEFA' s new president was elected by a landslide. However his position is already very difficult. He needs to find a solution on the integrity of European football in general and the European association in particular while at the same time he must find a way to calm down reactions on the new financial deal on the Champions League.
Real Madrid who, as everybody knows last year won the Champions League title, and kicking out in the semis Manchester City but at the end, Manchester City got much more money thanks to the market pool than Real Madrid as winner, and I believe that was not very fair and serious and that had been a bit corrected by UEFA.
Surely, it is a good thing, a benefit for a championship like the Pro League, which does not have the followers of Serie A (Italian First division), Serie B (Italian Second division) or the Champions League. It is an opportunity for our League and for Cuneo to get more visibility.
We worked really hard in the last four years and a half. Obviously there are things that we have to improve but it's not a complete surprise for a team like ours to be in a Europa League final, a European Super Cup final, a King's Cup final and two Champions League finals…with 10 new players… with a lot of young players… It's not a coincidence.
My first task was to get us, as soon as possible, out of this relegation zone which we surprisingly did well within a few weeks from the 16th place to 10th, . But then it is difficult, as I said before, to achieve the Champions League places and maintain two roads to have success which is the FA Cup and which was the Champions League. They are gone now and that's a pity.
Clubs' finances are decided by their TV revenues. In an independent Catalonia of eight million people, you could be a team based around a youth system like Ajax, Celtic, Standard [Liege], etc… and at most reach the last 16 or quarter-finals of the Champions League, for example.
I would like to win the Qatar league, the cup and the Asian Champions League.
It is an important date in our preparation. We have now played against Valencia in our first preparation game and played a good game. Before we start the qualification round for the Champions League it is of course a good thing to play against Manchester City or Bayern or Sao Paulo.
The atmosphere here is well-known, at least I know it very well. We know they have lively fans, but it is a football match. A Champions League match. Big players who play in big games enjoy playing in these types of atmospheres. I think it was a great night to play football, where the best team won.
First of all we need to get the three points, this is very important, Villarreal are a good team, they are used to playing in the Champions League for many years in the last ten years and it will be hard because they play football very well. It is not important if we play well or not well, it is important we win this game.
It is a little bit more unpredictable that it has been in the past. So, I think it is a tough group, we have a leading team from Germany, a leading team from Spain, we have to go to Donetsk to play Shakthar who are experienced in the Champions League, so I see it as a pretty tough looking group.
We knew that by winning we'd have the concrete possibility to pass to the next level in the Champions League and play the last match against Galatasaray and so, it is in our hands. I'll tell you already that we are not making calculations because this team does not need to do that, it is not how I play and it is not in our DNA.
We belong to a collective sport, in which the most important thing is to win titles: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup with the national team, the league, the Champions League with our clubs…all this motivate us. We are here because of good team work, this is the main reason why we have won this individual award.