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Andrea Belotti
The World Cup is the dream for any player, just like the Champions League. I never stopped to think about the weight of that €100m tag, because I always thought I should prove my worth on the pitch and those performances would ultimately set my value. In today's world you hear about excessive transfer fees. Clubs pay €70m-€80m or even €100m for a single player. The level of the market has been raised so much in recent years and you hear excessive figures being bandied about.feedback
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NEW Apr 29 2017
“It means nothing. If we finish fifth and they finish sixth and we are above them it means nothing. If they finish third and we finish fourth they are above us, but it means a lot. This is not about Pep (Guardiola), this is not about City, it is about fighting for objectives. We want to play Champions League football and we still have two doors open.” said José Mourinho speaking about Champions League. It’s one of the 256 quotes about Champions League you can find on this page. 125 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Emre Can

It was stupid from us. But we have got to go again and it is still in our hands. If we win the last four games, we will reach the Champions League. That has to be the target. It has to be. We had worked on them in training, we had trained very well. All the set pieces in training we had done very well. But again we concede a goal after a set piece. It was stupid. We are frustrated, disappointed. It is always the same. We controlled the game, I think we didn't play too bad but then we conceded two goals from two chances…. It's very disappointing.feedback

Gabriel Jesus

We have the same amount of games played, so we are fighting for a place in the Champions League for next season. I believe it will be a game with high intensity, with both teams trying their best to win - I hope we will have more luck this time.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

We are not a perfect machine because we still have room for improvement, but the team really is having a great season. It is absolutely extraordinary to be on 83 points with five matches to play and to have qualified for the Coppa Italia final and the Champions League semi-finals. It is still too early to be talking about the title. We have to remember that we still have to play Roma and until it is mathematically assured we cannot talk about the Scudetto. We have a couple of days to rest now and then we will focus on Atalanta, which will not be an easy game.feedback

Ryan Bertrand

For me, he is number one. Number one in the Premier League. Even going into the Champions League clubs, he is one of the best and right up there for me. Having played right next to him and seen his capabilities, I know that he is right up there. He has got pace, strength and technical ability. He reads the game well and he is great and very reliable to play alongside. Yes, he has done very well. The likes of him and Redmond have come in and they have done amazingly well.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

He needs to give me things that I like. He has to understand what we need from him, but it's not just for us but it's also for him. If he wants to become a very special player – [and] he can do that – then he has to go in a certain direction and he showed this attitude and appetite. We are happy because we have a new player until the end of the season. Yes, it is important for us to play in the Champions League, but this club wants trophies. We cannot give the club the Premier League trophy, but we have a 25 per cent chance to win the Europa League.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

If we beat Celta Vigo, we go to the final and, yes, it is important to us to play Champions League, but this club wants trophies. We cannot give the club the Premier League. We have a 25 per cent chance to win the Europa League. I will rotate players again to give some players a chance again. In terms of expectation, it is better to go into a derby with one point difference rather than four.feedback

Loic Remy

But if you only concentrate on Benteke, you have (Wilfried) Zaha and (Andros) Townsend around him. That is one of the best offensive lines in the Premier League. We're in Champions League form for picking points up, which should give us a huge amount of confidence on Sunday. Hopefully we can be good enough, big enough and brave enough, and confident enough to try and repeat what we've done (in impressing) against Chelsea and Arsenal recently.feedback

Ronald Koeman

I cannot see Manchester United finishing in the top four. Zlatan's injury looks bad and when I look at the amount of matches they are having to play this season I can see them missing the top four. I have not been impressed by the way they play. The Europa League is a different calibre than the Champions League. The fact that Man United were struggling to beat a team like Anderlecht proves what kind of season the club is having. Everton now have the resources to keep every player, including Lukaku, who has a contract for another two years.feedback

Gianluca Zambrotta

It makes me laugh when somebody says Messi is declining. I don't know the accurate statistics but at this time in the season, if I am not mistaken, Messi and Ronaldo must have scored the same amount of goals roughly. They are on the same figures. Messi in the Champions League has scored so many this season, the same in La Liga. You can't say he is in Sunset Boulevard. Maybe he is more mature and understands that sometimes he has to pull the brakes, as we say.feedback

Juergen Klopp

I think that Liverpool at this moment is a really interesting project for players. It's a fantastic club, it's a good situation where we really can see the progress of the team. The talks we've had so far are very positive. That doesn't mean it will all work out, but they are really positive, and they all see the progress. That's good. We cannot say 100 percent that we will play Champions League football next year. I'm not sure, but I would say together with Tottenham, the average age of the team is such that there's still a lot to come.feedback

Mesut Ozil

You're always hungry for titles. We're out of the Champions League and it will be very hard to win the title. We can only really get this one trophy and we must give everything to do it. I hope we can take the next step against City and get into the final. It will be difficult because they want the same - they're desperate to win the FA Cup, just as we are.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

The Gladbach game can be considered not detached from the events. We also have to regard the minutes we played and the already straining mental pressure of a Champions League quarter-final.feedback

David Luiz

For me, they are an amazing team with an amazing coach. I think it is the best physical team in the league. All the XI guys are monsters. I love that team. It will be a difficult game for us. Is rivalry about fighting? No it is not, it is about two amazing teams want to win and to win trophies in the best league in the world and get into the Champions League every year. I have the opportunity to be there.feedback

Alex Ferguson

The thing is, we've never won the Europa League. We've never won Uefa Cup, what it used to be. And we've got a great draw. I'm not saying it's a certainty, but they've got a great chance. It's still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that. I don't want our club to be just happy fighting for top four and Champions League. I want us fighting for trophies.feedback

David Beckham

I suspect the recent Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain, when Neymar helped his team to an unforgettable 6-1 win, will be remembered as the moment he stepped up to take on the mantle of best player in the world. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have a new rival to that claim–and Neymar is ready to make his move.feedback

Marcus Rashford

It is as difficult as finishing fourth, but it is the only competition that we can win now, so we have to fight for that. It's still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that. I don't want our club to be just happy fighting for top four and Champions League. I want us fighting for trophies. We don't hide that we are still fighting for our situation in the Premier League but the Europa League becomes a fundamental competition for us. The Premier League was not possible because we drew too many matches.feedback

Emerson Hyndman

You hear so much about it, I've seen them in the past on TV, you realize how big of an occasion it is, but to play in one is a completely different feeling. Playing in that kind of atmosphere is special and it's something you aim for in your career. Obviously he's doing really special things at Dortmund, playing in Champions League matches and things like that at the highest level. I think it's brilliant. I've enjoyed watching him play on those nights. I've never played with him, but obviously I hope to have the chance in the future because he looks like a great talent.feedback

Bernd Schuster

Barcelona come into it on the back of their Champions League elimination, but that will be behind them by the time they take to the field. In the Bernabeu, though, Real Madrid are the favourites. Neymar is a very important loss for Barcelona and I'm sure they will feel it.feedback

Luis Enrique

It was a good game between two great teams. I tip my hat to Juventus. Can they reach the final? They have a great coach, great players and have everything it takes to win the Champions League. Having said that, there are other sides who are in a similar position.feedback

Andres Iniesta

We were not as effective in front of goal as usual and that cost us. It's a disappointment to be knocked out of the Champions League but winning the league relies on winning in the Bernabeu and that is our intention. We created a lot of chances but nothing would go in, if it had, we would have been in the tie. We leave disappointed. We have to be critical and look at the mistakes and approach the end of the season in the best possible fashion. We still have the league and the Copa del Rey and every game will be decisive.feedback

Dan Jones

The 2015-16 season saw Premier League clubs grow revenues by almost 10% to £3.6bn, with the two Manchester clubs alone responsible for more than 50% of the increase. Manchester United's participation in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League, coupled with continued strong commercial revenue growth, resulted in a 30% increase in revenue to £515m. This saw them top the Deloitte Football Money League for the first time since 2003/04, as the world's highest revenue-generating club.feedback

Marcello Lippi

We are talking about him because he is one of the best in the world, but he seems happy in London to me. He wants to take the Blues into the Champions League next year, so I don't think he will change bench.feedback

Gareth Bale

Scoring in Champions League final is indescribable. To score in a final is an amazing feeling. The adrenaline going through your body after you've scored the goal is incredible, indescribable and another memory which will always live with me.feedback

Philipp Lahm

Despite a strong performance, it was not enough to continue to the semi-finals. It is a bitter farewell from the Champions League – especially for me personally, after so many years.feedback

Carlo Ancelotti

You can't decide a Champions League semi-final spot like this. I spoke to [Madrid coach Zinedine] Zidane after the game and he agreed with me that the refereeing performance was negative.feedback

Leonardo Jardim

Our team is used to playing with a DNA which will not change. We want to maintain that momentum. Tomorrow it will be a qualifying match and we are only halfway through the quarter-final. Maybe we'll need to score tomorrow to go through. We're the team that's played the most games in all of Europe. I think the players are ready and are working well. We'll try to be flat out in the Champions League and the league, but it's normal that we're more tired than teams who play less.feedback

Leonardo Jardim

Our heads have to be focused on tomorrow's game, we're 90 minutes into the Champions League semi-finals but that's true for our opponents as well.feedback

Craig Shakespeare

We are disappointed to go out, but I'm immensely proud of the team and I thought we ran an excellent team close and gave them a really good shot at it. The players can be immensely proud of their performance but ultimately they are very disappointed to go out. [My future] is not in my hands, it's in the club's hands and we'll sit down at the end of the season. I'll sit down before then if it arises but my contract is to the end of the season. I've enjoyed it and I've enjoyed the Champions League and pitting my wits against one of the best managers and sides in the world.feedback

Marcello Lippi

It was a great game. In that Champions League, we beat Spanish football because we also won against Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid.feedback

Zinadine Zidane

I don't know, I hope so. I hope he can be with us. I can't assure you of anything, I can't tell you anything. There's no explanation. With squad rotation, with playing with other players, these are things that happen. It's just a coincidence. When you look at the statistics, it's true. It must be tough for him to have only played 77 minutes in the Champions league but we've got a lot of important games and we'll see what's going to happen tomorrow.feedback

Diego Godín

Look, no one likes to lose – and still less the way that we lost. Of course. We're not going to hide, we're not going to lie. But we're not taking this as revenge and nor do we think we have to win it because of that. No. We have the same desire to win the Champions League, the same ilusión as ever. This is the biggest dream we have and we're going to fight for it.feedback

Diego Godín

We're among the best eight again, which isn't easy. It's very hard to win the Champions League but we know how; we know the path we have to follow.feedback

Diego Godín

Personally, I think it's wonderful. I'm sure lots of people would have fallen in love with Leicester a bit. It makes you happy things like that can happen in football. We couldn't find a way to win, which is why he came. And in those first six months, we improved, we built the structure, the core that's made us so strong. We won the Europa League and had to row and row to try to make the Champions League. We missed out, just, but that provided the basis for the next season – and it went from there.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

Why? Everybody knows why because we lost too many points at home. But it's a great feeling to know that it's difficult for us to lose a match, people fight until the end. I am really happy with the team and with the result because Manchester City and Liverpool results left us in a position of having to win this match - not even a draw would have been a good result for us. I am really happy for us because we kept two windows open to try to play Champions League football.feedback

Cosmin Olaroiu

Our performance wasn't strong on the pitch today because of the team's thinking about the cup final and the upcoming AFC Champions League game.feedback

Luis Enrique

Losing in the Champions League hurts us. But we are in the process of improving things, of changing them. We need the points [on Saturday] to boost our morale and also to be able to keep fighting for La Liga.feedback

Marco Fassone

We are AC Milan, so we cannot even afford to say 'Let's take it easy and see what happens'. Our idea is to be back in the Champions League as soon as possible, there's no denying that the Champions League is a stage that a team like AC Milan cannot afford to miss, for visibility, finance and prestige.feedback

Marco Fassone

UEFA's decision to grant four spots for the Champions League to Italy makes it our primary objective to take part in the 2018-19 season. From our side, there's a desire to resolve this issue soon. We want Donnarumma to be a pillar of our future. It's certainly one of our priorities.feedback

Marco Fassone

We have some ideas. The key step is to sit down at the table with the coach and then to work on the market. The budget is important. From the beginning, the president and Mr Han have not hidden from me that the goal is to build a very competitive and ambitious Milan, so I will have the economic means to ensure that we can achieve those goals in the short term. The idea is to get back into the Champions League as soon as possible. It's very important in terms of visibility, prestige and for economic reasons.feedback

Ronald Koeman

I am not involved in negotiations but I know the board is talking to his agent. We offer him what is good, what is normal for the player. We need to know the answer before the end of the season. I spoke to Ross several weeks ago and he mentioned his ambition was the Champions League and I told him I had the same ambition. He is one of the key players, a kid of the club and a kid of the town, and in my opinion there is no better place for him to continue than at Everton. Everyone sees a difference between this season and last season: the direction, the new signings, the new stadium.feedback

Ronald Koeman

No [I don't know where Lukaku wants to go]. Maybe I wait for the call from Drogba to tell me where he wants to go. We will offer him the contract that is good, that is normal for the player. I think with how he is improving this season, Everton is the best place for him. I spoke to Ross several weeks ago and he mentioned his ambition is the Champions League and I told him I have the same ambition and I think we are going in the right direction.feedback

Juergen Klopp

I don't think about [points]. If we win all the rest of the games it's pretty sure we'll be in the Champions League.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

Manchester United history is so big, so bigger than many other clubs that are playing Champions League, that if Manchester United don't play Champions League for three or four years then it doesn't affect the prestige. So Manchester United doesn't have to play Champions League, but it wants to play.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

I didn't even know he was going to be here, so my mentality is to just to go on and score goals whether it's Champions League or A-League. I've hit form at a good time before the finals and I know if I'm given the chance I'll take it.feedback

Kylian Mbappe

We have suffered all through what has happened. We heard there was an explosion, then more news. We worried, we feared the worst. I tried to call Ousmane [Dembele]; he explained the situation to me. I told him I was with him and his team, that we were all together. We are all with Bartra. We know that it is difficult for him, as for all the players of Dortmund. It is destabilising but we are professionals, we must get accustomed to everything, even in the most extreme conditions. Today was extreme, and we tried to get to the level of a quarter-final of Champions League.feedback

Carlo Ancelotti

I always say that in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Bayern and against Real Madrid, I'd prefer that both teams are at full strength.feedback

Dylan McGowan

It was a very difficult game. Jeju are a very good team, especially here in Korea, and Australian teams have been struggling in the Champions League.feedback

Craig Shakespeare

It was a major decision. I told him he got the decision wrong. We're talking about a Champions League quarter-final. This major decision could cost us the game. We want to stay in the competition, but we know we still have a challenge ahead against a very good team. We know it's still going to be a very difficult return match. We have a very good record at the King Power, our fans enjoy these Champions League nights. We have to make sure that we create more chances, we have to make sure that we attack a bit more than we did tonight. We're aware of what we've got to do in the second leg.feedback

Craig Shakespeare

Facing a team who have reached the final in two of the last three seasons is a massive challenge but it's just the kind of tie you expect in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.feedback

Craig Shakespeare

We are very well disciplined as a team, but yes, the players will be reminded about their responsibilities and not to get any stupid cards for things like encroaching. It is something we will talk about with the players. Playing in the Champions League has been a new experience for us but we have enjoyed it. We are there to compete and not make the numbers up. These players have earned their opportunity and we intend to keep that going on Wednesday night.feedback

Andres Iniesta

We did some bad things, mainly in the first half. The Champions League punishes you with these two goals.feedback

Marc Bartra

I was deeply disturbed by the explosions which occurred in Dortmund. The decision taken to postpone the UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco was the correct one since we must always prioritise the safety and security of all fans, team officials and players. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the representatives of the two clubs, the local authorities, and the supporters for their cooperation on the ground.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

We just need to go out there and play our game without giving it too much thought. We must be ready for it. It's a Champions League quarterfinal after all.feedback

Dylan McGowan

Last time when he came on, a lot of balls were coming in the air and we'll have to deal with that again. We've prepared all week and all season to [play] in the Champions League and to win games and this is what we plan to do.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

I think we know that in these two games we are meeting the strongest team we could face. But it is also true that it is the Champions League and it will be nice to measure ourselves against them. I have never seen the final in Berlin again, but I have clear memories of that night which give me reasons to be positive ahead of this match. They were much stronger than us, especially in the way they approached the game. Now we have two more years of experience at this level which allows us to play in such games with a different mentality.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

That match taught us that nothing can be taken for granted in football, especially at this level. So the thing we have to do is think about the game tomorrow and make sure we get it right, then we'll think about the return fixture. But again, it's a major quarter-final, like the one with Bayern [Munich] and Real Madrid, these are four teams who are contenders for the Champions League, along with Atletico Madrid, the four will meet and two will remain.feedback

Claudio Ranieri

I refuse to believe my Leicester players killed me. No, no, no. I didn't want to sell Kante. The same way I didn't want to sell [Jamie] Vardy or [Riyad] Mahrez. I said to them I believe this team can do something special in the Champions League. After I was sacked, I still maintain the decision to keep the players together was right. It was important to keep Vardy and Mahrez. It wasn't easy. I knew that the year after winning the title would be different. The players had to reset their minds - this wasn't a team used to fighting at the top. We were a little team. We had to stay calm.feedback

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

I have met all kinds of different coaches at Bayern Munich. He has made a big impression on me with his composure and the way he looks at his work. He has a beautiful memory in winning the Champions League in Lisbon (with Real against Atletico Madrid) but he has been thinking about this game for some time now and wants to win it at all costs. It will be a very difficult quarer-final for us. We will have to deliver two super games to have a chance of reaching the semi-finals.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

We have shown what we are capable of in the Champions League. We are ready to show it again Tuesday. We need four good halves in the quarter-final. Good periods alone will not be enough.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

We need Aubameyang in absolute top form to reach the semi-finals. That is what the Champions League demands. We need Aubameyang's finishing, his defensive contribution but also his music and vibe before the game. It calms everyone down. He speaks Spanish, French, Italian, English and even German - when he wants. He can understand German - when he wants. Sometimes it is best to wake up on Sunday morning and just forget the last game. We are not in a bad situation, we just had one bad result. We deservedly lost against a strong opponent.feedback

Luis Enrique

There are a few different players compared to the Berlin final. Juve are still a great team, but I cannot say if they are better or worse than two years ago. I have great memories of that final, but this game is completely different. Both sides are definitely confident about their chances. We need to play good football. Juventus' defensive numbers in the Champions League this season are spectacular - up to the level of their history and worthy of a team in the quarter-finals.feedback

Philipp Lahm

The Champions League is such a tough competition. We have to avoid being counter-attacked like we were the last time we played against them. This team has had to get used to not having the ball sometimes and knowing that it is okay for the opposition to have it. If the defence each maintains our position, then we have the possibility to avoid being countered. Everyone in our team has to be at their best because we are playing against an elite team with world-class players in each position.feedback

David Moyes

It will be very tight for them this season but I think United have to be in the Champions League. You have to win trophies there and Jose has a [League Cup] trophy under his belt quickly.feedback

Mesut Ozil

I hear a lot, but I don't give any worth to it. What the manager says is what's important to me. What experts say doesn't interest me and never will. I know what I can do. I've not been playing at the top level for nothing. I've been successful. The expectations are very high, as mine are for myself too. I have big expectations of myself. To do that, you have to win the Champions League, otherwise it's very hard. I think every player wants to win that award but it's not my goal. If it happens in my career, that will be nice, but for me titles with clubs are more important.feedback

Mesut Ozil

I think the club know they need to strengthen. When you look at our squad, it's not as broad as Bayern [Munich]'s or Real Madrid's. In the Champions League, that's not enough, especially against big teams. It's important to know if he [Wenger] stays or if he goes. We need to think towards next season.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

It is the only chance we have to win one more trophy. It is as difficult as finishing fourth, but it is the only competition that we can win now, so we have to fight for that. I don't want our club to be just happy fighting for top four and Champions League. I want us fighting for trophies. We don't hide that we are still fighting for our situation in the Premier League but the Europa League becomes a fundamental competition for us. The Premier League was not possible because we drew too many matches.feedback

Dax McCarty

The thing with Bastian that you notice is he makes everyone around him better. He makes the game easier for everyone because he's got a soccer brain. Not many guys that you play with in MLS have a soccer brain at the highest level, at a world-class level. He just sees plays develop before they happen. It's always fun to play with players like that. You look at a guy like Thierry (Henry). He's won the Champions League, the Premier League, the World Cup. There's not much he hasn't won and that's for a reason. It's because he's one of the best players in the world.feedback

Ryan Giggs

They're creating a lot of chances but we're missing goals. It's hard to judge now. We can do that at the end of the season. I think most United fans would be happy at the start of the season if we were getting a trophy and Champions League football. They're still on course to do that. It will be tough to get into the top four but we have a good chance of winning the Europa League. The end of the season would be a good time to judge.feedback

Unai Emery

The Emir does not need to tell us the goals, we all know them: grow, improve in all the competitions we are in and win titles. Le Championnat is important, we won the Super Cup and the Coupe de la Ligue and are still in the Coupe de France. After that remains the Champions League. PSG want to be among the best teams and have the opportunity to do that. It is a process. With the Emir and the president, we are talking about the path to do that. The objective is to make a complete match from one end to the other: in attack, defence and in one against one duels.feedback

Antonio Conte

It's important to get three points and then to reach our target. When we started the season, to come back into the Champions League was our first target. Chelsea must play the Champions League every season. Then, we'll talk with the club, to try for the best solution for next season. But it's important to be focused on this season. I'm listening to a lot of things in this period.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

We need to start getting points back on the board and be aware that many teams are aiming to play in European competitions like the Europa League or Champions League and we have the obligation to overcome their aspirations with our own, putting this club back with a chance to challenge for the Champions League next season.feedback

Slaven Bilic

It was worse as we were in trouble with two games to go. Against Newcastle, we drew 0-0, a midweek game, I think. Our last game was against United away, where we did not want to go and need anything [West Ham lost 2-0]. Newcastle were better, of course, as they qualified for the Champions League that season under Kenny Dalglish. I remember that game. It was the spirit and everything.feedback

Youri Djorkaeff

You know, this decision belongs to the player but it's all about what you are offered. People think that Atletico is inferior to all the other [big clubs]. However Atletico Madrid played two of the three last Champions League finals, they won the Spanish league and Copa del Rey. They have won a lot of trophies, they have played a lot of finals as well. They just miss out maybe on the Champions League. However, there are only a few clubs in the last few years who have reached the final.feedback

Antoine Griezmann

We'll try to win all the matches that we have left. We want to qualify for the Champions League – it's our objective.feedback

Slaven Bilic

I didn't like talking pre-season about the Champions League. It's the Premier League, we are West Ham, we want to go there but first we have to put solid cornerstones and build on it.feedback

Michael Ballack

At Chelsea he knows what he has, he's the top player at the club, he lives in a fantastic city. To give that up, he has to decide if he wants that. He's the key player at Chelsea for the next one or two years. He has to decide if he wants to give that up for Real Madrid or if he wants to be successful with Chelsea and go into the Champions League, on another level, and help them back to where they were in Europe. They are talking about a lot of money. That's surely also a factor for a player or a club.feedback

Michael Ballack

I didn't expect Chelsea would come back so quick and so strong after a difficult season. I thought Man City is the team that you have to beat [to win the title] this year. Sometimes a new coach can find it not easy. A long season with the Champions League, things change, a different style of football and the team has to adapt to the coach as well. Sometimes it works well [like with Chelsea], sometimes it is not so quick [with City]. I am sure he has the quality and Man City has the quality to win the league next year.feedback

Michael Ballack

To show their existing key players, to see that they can be happy with that squad, right now [and trust] the squad to prove what they can do. That's something that he should look at as well. He is a superstar in that team and, of course, Chelsea is always a team that looks to win the Champions League as well. The club always looks to make sure that the club is strong enough to achieve that target. If you are a main player and a key player in that team, that's something you will think about.feedback

Michael Ballack

Manchester City are fighting for the Champions League place, that's a really tricky game for both. They are two fantastic teams with a lot of fantastic individual players, so there will be a lot of quality on the pitch and hopefully we will see some goals and some offensive football.feedback

Sol Campbell

Some teams haven't won the FA Cup in over 50 years. But for Arsenal - a big, big, gigantic club in a new stadium - they're probably thinking a new stadium should bring success and it doesn't always happen like that. For whatever reason, it has kind of petered out. But the Champions League is a top priority for him. This year is going to be slightly different, it's going to be touch and go for the fourth spot.feedback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

I think we will make it and we will be there. We have gained the points we need to be in the Champions League, though we are on the limit now. A little bit more and we will reach the top four, I believe.feedback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sometimes you are out for injuries or suspensions like in my case or for other reasons. You learn from everything. I feel good. I missed Old Trafford and the games with my team, but finally I am back and hopefully I come back with positive vibes. First is too far away, second probably also. But otherwise it's very tight and if you succeed in winning two or three games in a row then you're in the Champions League spots.feedback

Hector Bellerin

My message is just to remain calm. There are still loads of games to go. I understand that it can be frustrating not to be there at the moment but as I say, we just need to be together. It's also true that we have a few games in hand, we are a few games behind some of the teams on top of us. But we knew this year it was going to be very competitive. There were six or seven teams that were going to compete for the Champions League spots.feedback

Antonio Conte

For this reason I try to keep the concentration from the start until the end. Football is wonderful for this reason. Anything can happen. It gives a lot of joy but sometimes … yeah, it's not always simple. I won one Champions League final and lost three. You think that's not the same? It is. It's the same. It's not easy to accept the defeats. But defeat is part of our job, part of our culture. You must accept it but also try in the future to evolve a way from defeats. And I know only one way: work and work.feedback

Ronald Koeman

I try to be realistic about the situation of the team, its progress, and the project of Everton. It's only one game. To take conclusions is not good. We had six players under 22. Maybe that's something to see that, instead of expecting a Champions League team. They will learn from it.feedback

Hugo Lloris

Honestly, it doesn't change my mind or the minds of my team-mates. Anything can happen so it's important to stay involved, to stay together and keep fighting until the end because we want to finish as high as possible in this league and be back in the Champions League. We don't talk about the title because even seven points is a big gap at this stage of the season. I prefer to look backwards and to look at what is happening behind us because this is the final race. It's a key moment of the season.feedback

Zinadine Zidane

Varane has hurt himself in the same place. It's not as strong as it was three weeks ago and hopefully it will be short. We will evaluate [on Monday]. From time to time he hurts something and I do not know if it is mental or something else. What I can tell you, to defend him is also that he has played many matches, won a Champions League title, he has done very good things. And he must first think that, because it is difficult.feedback

Zinadine Zidane

To be able to win the Liga or the Champions League, every single player in the squad is important. The players know that and that is why when Isco plays, he plays well.feedback

Kylian Mbappe

If we can win the Champions League? We are in the quarter finals and we kicked City out. Of course [winning it] is possible. If everybody gives 100 per cent, it's possible.feedback

Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

The effect I don't know. I think you can seduce [new signings] not just about the salaries, the people want to play in the Premier League for many reasons, people can accept to come, but I don't know. I cannot answer that. Maybe in the summer if we are not in the Champions League you can ask me and I can say we wanted to buy two or three players but they didn't come because they want to be in Europe, then I will have the answer, but at this moment I don't know.feedback

Brendan Rodgers

In the first eight games you can't win the title, but you can lose it. In those games we put down a marker. We were not at our fluent best but we showed good signs mentally. We then gained confidence from the Champions League. We thought, Right, we have qualified for the group stage but we need to play the game in a better way. Everyone could see there were nine games, tough games, Champions League games. We won eight and drew one in that month. We had to show a different side. We were playing a lot of games. Some very good, some probably a bit of a grind for the supporters.feedback

Zinadine Zidane

Sergio is going to rest and that's a decision by the boss. He has played a lot and all the players here are very important. Cristiano [Ronaldo] has four yellow cards. But we do not look at that. It's important he plays as always. We will see how we manage it. I hope he stays with four until the end of the season. We know that there is a final stretch where everything is played and we are prepared for the two challenges: LaLiga and Champions League. Pique talks, then I can say something, then it goes back and forth. I don't get into this. Madrid is a big club, serious club.feedback

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

With Carlo Ancelotti on the bench we can be confident in our biggest challenge this season so far; the Champions League quarter-finals against Real Madrid. When Ian Rush made the draw, we already knew the title holder would be the most difficult challenge of all opponents. If you ask me for the ultimate ranking of European football, I still say that Real Madrid are number one. Real are a myth, the whole world knows the Blancos and gushes about them.feedback

Simon Mignolet

I do not regret coming here. I am happy to be here every day. But after my hand injury in the summer I needed a little longer to find my form again. Now I want to help the team on the pitch to reach our big goal, a place in the Champions League. I am more than ready. I train on a very high level and I am physically in top shape.feedback

William Gallas

The biggest team is Chelsea. They are top of the league and maybe they will win the league. They have won the Premier League four times already so if you have to compare Tottenham and Arsenal, I think Chelsea are the top team in London because they have won as well the Champions League.feedback

Iker Casillas

What can I say? I don't like [the jeers towards Navas]. I experienced it and you have to have a lot of courage to forget about it. It is a demanding club. With what Keylor did last year, winning the most important competition in Europe at club level - which neither UEFA nor FIFA have recognised - I do not say he is the best, but at least the second. With all due respect to Gigi [Buffon], it cannot be. Along with [Jan] Oblak, we are talking about two guys who had a spectacular Champions League.feedback

Marco van Ginkel

There is a group [of loanees] that does have chance at Chelsea. I've been part of the selection already, so I have the confidence I will get back into it. I watch them often. I try to watch almost every game of them. They are doing terrific and I think you could say they will clinch the title. Now Chelsea is my club, and so I cheer for them. The extra motivation to get back [to Chelsea] is always there. Not only because get into Champions League.feedback

Antonio Conte

Now it's a great challenge to win the Premier League, more difficult a challenge for a player or a coach than other leagues. I think this league is really top in all aspects. Even if this club calls itself Real Madrid. We are in a great club. We have started to build something good for the future, and the ambitions of this club are the same as mine and my players. We stay in the right place if you want to be competitive in the game, be competitive in the future. I hope to play in the Champions League next season.feedback

César Azpilicueta

Well, I wish we were still playing in the Champions League. The team that won the Premier League two years ago was also more or less the same [as this season]; it's true that not having European competition allows you to keep roughly the same team, although everyone matters. We have a good understanding on the pitch and the manager's done great work.feedback

César Azpilicueta

A bad season left us out of [Europe] and there's there is nothing we can do about that now. I'm watching the Champions League at home and of course I want to be there, involved. This is the first year since I signed for Marseille [in 2010] that I've not been there and it's hard. Last season we found ourselves in a position that Chelsea shouldn't be in. We knew we had to come back in the Premier League first and we've done that.feedback

Simon Mignolet

It's never nice to sit on the bench. Everybody knows it is not what you want as a professional footballer but it's about responding and coming back. I'm happy I am playing now and I'm trying to do my best to help the team. In the end that's the main thing. As a club we want to meet our objectives to get into the Champions League next season. That's what we fight for and that's the only thing I personally think about also. I don't look to myself too much, it's about the dressing room, our team-mates and the club itself reaching that objective to play in Europe.feedback

Arsene Wenger

He's a great man, in my opinion. I'd like him to stay. He's always helped me and developed me as player. I don't think it's fair the way everybody criticises him. It's very unfair considering what he's done. He's always achieved fourth place, been in the Champions League and been up there with the title contenders.feedback

Gerard Pique

We are discussing an historic comeback of 6-1 and you focus on the referees. And when Real Madrid win a Champions League with an offside Sergio Ramos goal, nothing happens.feedback

Sol Campbell

You have to respect him. He's qualified for the Champions League for the last 20-odd years and that is phenomenal. Not many sides have done that. And he's brought a lot to the side playing-wise, philosophy [and the] stadium. He's steered the club through all the financial woes with the crash around the world and now they are on the other side and they are a very strong side.feedback

Florentino Perez

Anything is possible, but we will not talk about players who don't belong to Real Madrid. He's a great player but we're only thinking about La Liga and the Champions League right now.feedback

Mesut Ozil

Do you think Arsene Wenger tells the journalists [about my future] before he tells me? I know him differently. I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We'll talk soon and then make a decision. My dream is to win the Champions League. Why not with Arsenal? Of course, we just have a difficult time and are not satisfied with sixth place. I am convinced, however, that we will catch up again soon. Let's see what the future holds.feedback

Golo Kante

I thought I had to go through a stage in France. I remember the generation of [Mamadou] Niang, [Franck] Ribery and [Samir] Nasri and it was a team that I liked, especially in the Champions League. There is [Eden] Hazard, Diego Costa and David Luiz in my team.feedback

Andrea Pirlo

When you lose a final it is always bad, but for Juventus it was even worse. It had been such a long time since this club had won the Champions League.feedback

Philippe Coutinho

I don't think about that or worry about that. We will be ready. The derby is a very special match for everyone, the fans and the -players. We know what it means. The people of Liverpool live this match with so much emotion and this time it is even more because Everton have improved so much in recent weeks. We know it won't be easy, but we know we have to win, for our fans, for our morale and for everybody. I don't even think about any of our rivals – including Everton. All I want to do is to help this club get into the Champions League and finish as high in the table as we can.feedback

Kostas Manolas

Our objective is to get into the Champions League and we've got a very important Coppa Italia semi-final against Lazio coming up. We can overturn that 2-0 first leg defeat, as we are the stronger side and we just have to prove it on the pitch.feedback

Roberto Mancini

In one way it would be nice to see Celtic and Rangers in the Premier League, but I don't think it will ever happen because it would also be the end of Scottish football. I want to add one thing. If Celtic were to build a team strong enough to regularly compete in the Champions League, I might decide to manage them one day. For me, that is the next step for them, and one which I believe they are trying to take. Winning the league has become normal for them. They have the fans and the history. Now they have to strive to become an important player at the top level in Europe.feedback

Tony Cottee

The Lukaku situation is frustrating. If you are an Everton fan, you want it to be sorted out. You don't want to be reading that your top striker is 99 per cent certain of signing a contract and then, all of a sudden, he is not going to sign. I think only that man himself, Lukaku, knows the answer to it. If it is about money, give him whatever he wants. Even if it is £250,000-a-week. If you keep that player and he scores the goals that get you in the Champions League, it is an absolute bargain.feedback

Diego Simeone

If I had it all over again, he'd play the final from the start again. How could our best player not play? He wasn't injured! Did you see the 100m sprints he was doing out on the pitch. It's like Messi being at 50 per cent and not playing for Barca in the Champions League final. For us, Diego Costa was our Messi. Any other team that lost two finals in that way - other than Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich, clubs that are so used to playing finals - would have gone into decline. Time will bear out the importance of what we achieved. It'll be historic, legendary.feedback

Robert Pires

There are two objectives for Arsenal now – the first is to finish in the top four to play again the Champions League next season and of course the FA Cup it is very important to win this trophy.feedback

Sergi Roberto

As your typical Italian side, they are a stout defensive team. Moreover, their attacking players are incredibly skilled, so we know that advancing to the semi-final will be far from easy. Winning another Champions League would be very exciting, there is no doubt about it.feedback

Lukas Podolski

This season, it will be hard to get the place for the Champions League, they are sixth or seventh? But this is the English League and there are six, seven or eight teams to fight for the European place. I don't know what happens with Arsene next season. I hear only rumours and I will follow which players go and which players they sign.feedback

Karim Benzema

It's been a year and a half since I'm no longer in the France team, I feel it badly because I love football. Even if there are some who claim that I do not like the France team, I would have told the coach [if it were true]. I find it unfair because I was not told anything about it. But I'll keep in mind that if they do not select me, it's for football [reasons]. If we speak away from sport, the [incident] I had with Valbuena, for now, I am innocent. The last time I had the coach on the phone, it was well before the Euro, before the semi-final or the final of the Champions League.feedback

Diego Simeone

We're about to move to a new stadium, our budget is improving and with God's help we'll stay in the Champions League and that in turn helps us too.feedback

Arsene Wenger

What happens here, the daily agenda of Arsenal, is very different from what I experienced in Monchengladbach. They are almost two worlds apart. Three consecutive bad performances and hell is unleashed. The expectations are huge: winning the Premier League, winning the Champions League and winning the cups! If you cannot do it, then criticism does not miss you, and it happens everywhere.feedback

Jens Lehmann

The people that hold up their banners saying 'Wenger Out' don't hold up banners saying they want x, y, z to come in because this guy will guarantee success. Bring Allegri in and we will win everything? Who is Allegri, with all due respect. He is in Italy. Will somebody like him bring success. When you look at the type of football he is playing, it doesn't really fit Arsenal. None of them has a solution, someone who would guarantee them Champions League football and maybe win something.feedback

Jens Lehmann

Bring Allegri in and we will win everything? Who is Allegri, with all due respect? He is in Italy. Will somebody like him bring success. None of them has a solution, someone who would guarantee them Champions League football and maybe win something. Due to all the new demands of modern football, the structure of the club probably needs someone to run the sporting department so that Arsene can focus just on coaching and setting up teams. Sometimes with a guy like him who really runs the club he needs a bit of support. The question is whether he is willing to change.feedback

Josep Vives

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.feedback

Bacary Sagna

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.feedback

Bacary Sagna

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.feedback

Olivier Giroud

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.feedback

Diego Simeone

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.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

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.feedback

Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

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.feedback

Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

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.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

We still have two doors open to play Champions League football next season, and that's the good thing of the week.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

Logically the league is now a long way off. Now we have to look at the possibility of automatically qualifying for the Champions League. It is normal when you don't achieve what you want, which is to win, there is frustration and bitterness. We have come from a very hard blow to take and now we have to find solutions and the real Sevilla.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

[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.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

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.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

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].feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

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.feedback

Gary Neville

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.feedback

Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

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.feedback

Juergen Klopp

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.feedback

Ronald Koeman

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.feedback

Golo Kante

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.feedback

Jamie Carragher

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.feedback

Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

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.feedback

Jason Burt

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.feedback

Carlo Ancelotti

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.feedback

Juergen Klopp

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.feedback

Juergen Klopp

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.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

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.feedback

Zinadine Zidane

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.feedback

Boro Primorac

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.feedback

Juan Mata

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.feedback

Juergen Klopp

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.feedback

Manuel Pellegrini

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.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

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?feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

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.feedback

Gerard Pique

I didn't get angry with Sergio Ramos' words. I enjoyed it [the win] like a kid, it was like a dream come true. The feelings are even stronger than winning the Champions League trophy. Now, the best thing is to win it but that night against PSG was historic as Ramos said. The most important thing is try to win. That comeback will be in the history books but without any substance if we don't win the tournament in the end. I hope we will see a good tie against any team. The truth is the level is high because we are talking about seven very high-level teams.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

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.feedback

John Stones

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.feedback

Diego Simeone

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.feedback

John Stones

The gaffer was saying before the game the more and more you play in the Champions League, it's more about the set pieces. You see Real Madrid the other week scoring from two set pieces and going through (at Napoli).feedback

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

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.feedback

Craig Shakespeare

The Champions League music ignites everyone and the crowd were terrific. It's only three games and somewhere along the line there might be a hiccup but I'll enjoy tonight.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

They have Champions League experience so they are coming to discuss the result. One-one is a doubtful result.feedback

Xiao Ming

Do Manchester United fans support Manchester City in the Champions League against Bayern?feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

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.feedback

Dirk Maas

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.feedback

Aleksandar Jovanovic

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.feedback

Marc Albrighton

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.feedback

Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

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.feedback

Gerard Houllier

I'm certain that if PSG had gone through, this would have given them a great kick and they could have won the Champions League. When I saw them in the tunnel, I felt there was fear in their faces. And fear immobilises you. Barcelona's media work functioned perfectly: the players said nothing in the first week, then in the second it was: 'You never know, we've already scored five against Real Madrid.' Then it became: 'We're going to do it, like Luis Suarez in France Football.feedback

Kasper Schmeichel

A lot of us have come a long way. I've been all the way down in League Two and to be standing here in the Champions League quarter-finals is incredible.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

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.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

You know our opponents could. I left the club last season in the Champions League, winning the Champions League group, in the knockout phase playing the second leg at home. If they won the Champions League last year, they'd be playing in Europe this season. It's not my fault. It's the ones that stayed here and didn't win the Champions League. What I share with them is that we didn't have a good Premier League, and I share responsibility with that.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

Let's not forget what Porto did in their Champions League play-off away to Roma this season [a 3-0 win] – they were starting that match at a disadvantage. This will be a tough test.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

It will not be easy. Everybody thought that Barcelona were already out and now they are favourites. It's normal, things can change really quickly in football, we just need to be there among the best eight and then try to give our very best. There are a lot of risks, because first and foremost it's a game of football and a game of football can never be discounted. Let's not forget what Porto did in their Champions League play-off away to Roma this season [a 3-0 win] – they were starting that match at a disadvantage. This will be a tough test.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

But we do need to believe we are capable of winning the Champions league. It is a magical competition.feedback

Rob Lewis Jones

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.feedback

Zoran Mamic

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.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

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.feedback

Gary Pallister

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.feedback

Jerome Boateng

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.feedback

Gary Neville

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.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

For me Chelsea is 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, it isn't so the Europa League is more important than the FA Cup for us.feedback

Dani Alves

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.feedback

Dani Alves

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.feedback

Luis Enrique

All we're aware of is that everything still has to be decided. There will be eight teams left in the Champions League, the league is us against probably two other teams, and we're in a cup [Copa del Rey] final. That could mean no titles, or it could mean three. We can't evaluate our success until the end of the season. All we can do is focus on what we do against Deportivo.feedback

Antonio Conte

First of all, we have to win. We have to win. Now it's very difficult to say this because I think we need 24 points to be sure to win the title. There are 11 games to go. For us, it's important to go game by game in the league, in the championship, but also in the FA Cup. I think that, in 20 years at Arsenal, he did very well. He worked a lot. Every year Arsenal stay in the Champions League. Now, I think, this could also be a good target because, in England, it's not easy.feedback

Leonardo Jardim

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].feedback

Paul Ince

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.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

Something like what happened to Barcelona in Paris, where they lost 4-0, doesn't happen every year, or even every five years. So it is normal that now Barcelona are favourites to win the Champions League along with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. It was a beautiful evening of football which I think will remain in the annals of football history, because I don't think any team has ever pulled off such a good comeback.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

It's a bad draw in every aspect. It's far and is difficult. It's far and comes in a bad period for us. It's difficult because they are a very difficult team; they had a very good Champions League campaign. They had a very difficult group with Bayern and Atletico but they managed important results against them.feedback

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

It will do us good not to be seen as the favourites in the Champions League. We're in the quarter-finals now but every other team that has, or will, qualify will provide tough opposition.feedback

Jens Lehmann

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.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

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.feedback

Gerard Pique

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.feedback

Ivan Rakitic

No, I cannot believe it. It was really impossible. 15-20 minutes after the game, it is crazy and unbelievable. The first game in Paris was hard for us, a lot of people spoke hard with our team but the reaction was special. It is history. We want to keep going on. We had to believe. 4-0 was hard, but it is football. We saw it in the Super Bowl, what is possible in sport. Today was crazy. This is Barcelona, the best team in the world and we want to continue our dream in the Champions League.feedback

Aurelio De Laurenttis

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.feedback

Giorgio Chiellini

We have got to keep pushing on in all competitions in the knowledge that there is still a long way to go in Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia. I always say that Juventus should be judged in March and you can see why. We have found a system that gets the best out of the quality we have in the squad and ticks all the boxes. Milan are rediscovering a bit of form and overall they have had a good campaign, providing a platform for some very talented young players who could play a big part in the future of the national team.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

For now it's just play – play against Rostov, play against Chelsea [in the FA Cup quarter-final on Monday], play against Rostov again and then let's see how we are in all the competitions, and try to make the right decisions. To finish second is better than to finish third, and to finish third is better than fourth and fourth is obviously better than not being in 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.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

For now it's just to play against Rostov, play against Chelsea, play against Rostov again and then let's see how we are in all the competitions and try to make the right decisions. 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.feedback

Maurizio Sarri

I don't want controversy, but the calendar certainly has not helped us. I have never seen so many important matches pushed together. Certainly, from this point of view, it could be better. You know who makes the Champions League and some things were not taken into account in the calendar to protect Italian teams in Europe.feedback

Andrea Pirlo

That Champions League final against Liverpool remains the worst experience of my career.feedback

Andrea Pirlo

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.feedback

Marco Verratti

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. Now I feel good and I can play three matches in a week without physical problems or fatigue. In modern football, the most important thing is to be physically fit. There was a difficult period, but that was normal.feedback

Antonio Conte

For me and for my players we all miss it. The Champions League must be our house, for this reason we are putting our strength into making sure we are playing in it 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. To see eight goals is not simple. We started our season to try to fight until the end to be in the Champions League next season - this was our target.feedback

Antonio Conte

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.feedback