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Juergen Klopp
I like that he is prepared to be patient. He has already had some big playing moments, for Liverpool and of course Wales. But when we ask him to go to the Academy and do things like play for Stevie's [Gerrard] U19s in the UEFA Youth League, on nights we play Champions League football, he approaches it so well.feedback
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Oct 25 2017
The latest person who has talked about Champions League is José Mourinho: “I think it's my fault, because people are used to my teams getting good results and winning titles. Other people have more time than I have. Other people have different standards than I have and that's not a problem for me at all. I would like to know the last time United won nine points from three matches in the Champions League? We are doing OK. I don't speak to him. I don't know why he speaks to me. That's no problem. Maybe it's not his fault. Maybe it's the journalists' fault when probably they've passed him a wrong message.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of José Mourinho and all the other people that have spoken about Champions League. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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Maurizio Sarri

I think it's a sub-conscious thing. If in our minds we feel more competitive in Serie A than in the Champions League, that might be a difficult thing to shake off. However, if we continue with this level of performance, few teams will be able to get points against us.feedback

Maurizio Sarri

The Champions League is tiring, but it's also a wonderful thing to take part in and we ought to give it our best. We'll pay whatever price we need to.feedback

Marco Fassone

We will delay a year and find the system to balance the failure to enter the Champions League with the sale of one or two top players.feedback

Marco Fassone

It is a plan and an obligation [to qualify]. The Champions League is fundamental to our project. To miss it, however, does not block the plans. It is needless to think about it though. Here we have to work all in the same direction to find a way out of this.feedback

Brendan Rodgers

To play in the Champions League, then to score four goals here against difficult opponents was very pleasing and to get to 60 games without a domestic defeat is really incredible. The players' mentality is excellent.feedback

Carlo Ancelotti

Our failure to progress beyond the quarter-final of the Champions League against Real Madrid and not reaching the DFB-Pokal final cost us around €25million. However, we were still able to make gains and remain one of the top clubs in Europe financially.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I think it's my fault, because people are used to my teams getting good results and winning titles. Other people have more time than I have. Other people have different standards than I have and that's not a problem for me at all. I would like to know the last time United won nine points from three matches in the Champions League? We are doing OK. I don't speak to him. I don't know why he speaks to me. That's no problem. Maybe it's not his fault. Maybe it's the journalists' fault when probably they've passed him a wrong message.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I am delighted Scott has signed a new contract, he is one of our young players that has gone from strength to strength. He made his Premier League debut at the end of last season and made his Champions League debut this season. I had no hesitation in promoting Scott to the first-team squad last month as we have total belief in him.feedback

Eden Hazard

We have a lot of players, and all of them can play. I know it is important for some of the players to have a rest and to be on the bench. But for me, I just want to play. I missed three months of football and I just want to be on the pitch. The boss makes his own decisions and we are happy with that. It is different this season because we are playing in the Champions League. Last year it was easier for us to play every week and we were more fresh.feedback

Sean Dyche

When I was a player I just wanted clear directions and once you have clarity, as long as you are properly prepared, everything should fall into place. Our preparations are not that complicated because although this is a very tough level of football, we are not in the Champions League. It's a completely different challenge if you have 25 active professionals and you are trying to piece a side together for a third game in a week.feedback

Tom Harrington - Enders Analysis

It's early days but ITV will generally be pleased. When you remove viewing of Uefa Champions League highlights from that slot average, After the News has been an immediate improvement. Having a regular title in a settled schedule is the aim for ITV and could go some way to addressing the dramatic loss of viewing share by the channel after 10pm.feedback

Eden Hazard

Like I say, I missed football because of the injury. Now I try to keep this level every game. I think it's different this season because we play Champions League. Last year it was more easy to play every game every week. We were more fresh.feedback

Paul Clement

He earned it, steadied the ship and won his first five games last season, had a good run in the Champions League.feedback

Lee Dixon

They can be a threat in the Champions League, getting into the knock-out stages and getting to a quarter-final maybe.feedback

Arsene Wenger

The support of the team always has a positive impact but we have the habit to deal with that – we have those stadiums in England and we have long experience in the Champions League. I don't think that will have a negative impact on us. But, of course, we are in a country which has a big football tradition so we expect a game with huge commitment from everybody.feedback

Kylian Mbappe

But it's true, it's a pity they started this Champions League like that but it's not finished yet for them, if they win their three games, they can qualify so I hope for them and French football they will make it and they have to know we are supporting them.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

We are not sharp right now, as some players were out for a while, others returned from international duty in bad shape, so we must continue to work. It's never easy to win in the Champions League, we've made a step forward, but there's a long way to go and we must try to reconnect, as some of our elements are a bit disconnected.feedback

Gerard Deulofeu

Yes, it has been a shame not to be able to continue due to the expulsion of Gerri. It was my first Champions League match with Barca here at the stadium for five years.feedback

Gerard Deulofeu

Yes, it has been a shame not to be able to continue for the dismissal of 'Gerri'. It was my first Champions League match with Barça here at the Estadi for five years. I have to let go and play as I know, but I'm in the best team in the world and I understand how difficult it is. There's a lot of quality here and in the end the boss is the coach, but I know I'm going to have minutes if I do what I have to do.feedback

Arsene Wenger

The support of the team always has a positive impact. We can deal with that – we have long experience in the Champions League.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

Always I tell the players it's a game to enjoy – play, run, feel free, try to play because [when] you play in that level it's our dream, always, from when we started three years ago, to play in the Champions League, against Real Madrid and in the Bernabeu. Football is about enjoying. Being brave is so important. If you want to win and if you want to increase your level, learn and improve, it's so important to be brave.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

Of course, when you play you must keep your identity and compete. In the Champions League last season that disappointed us that we didn't compete but in these three games [against Borussia Dortmund, APOEL and Real Madrid] I think the team is more mature and we don't just play, we compete and that is most important.feedback

Tim Hill

Fábio da Silva was sent off in a League Cup match against Wolves for a professional foul on Michael Kightly during the 2009-10 season. In the same season his brother (and twin) Rafael was also red carded while playing against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final.feedback

Edin Dzeko

They are a very good team. I watch the Premier League every weekend and I was impressed with them last season. Conte gave them a different dimension, I would call that an Italian dimension. They are packed with fantastic individuals and a joy to watch, and no team can say it will be easy to go to Stamford Bridge and beat them. They are one of the teams that can win the Champions League this season.feedback

Unai Emery

We have a lot of respect for all the teams, in France but also in Europe. All the teams that play Champions League are here because they deserve it. In the history of football, Anderlecht is a great team, here in Belgium but also in Europe.feedback

Unai Emery

It's true that they didn't start very well in the Champions League and in the Belgian league. But during the preparations for this game, we analysed that it is a good team, with quality players.feedback

Francesco Totti

Goalkeepers have a huge impact on the game, although they aren't recognised as they should be. Their impact in the final result for the team is always decisive. I think Gianluigi Buffon has a very good chance of winning it. He's been the best individually, but also his team reached the Champions League final – the same as Keylor Navas. In the end, I think the two of them will be competing for it.feedback

Antonio Conte

It's a good time to play again, above all after two defeats. To play tomorrow is very important, but you know the Champions League is a very tough tournament, and Roma are a great team. They're doing very well in the Italian league, so we have to pay great attention. They are well organised and have a lot of great players.feedback

Leonardo Jardim

The most difficult thing is juggling the league and the Champions League. There are only five or six clubs in Europe capable of performing in both competitions every season. This is my fourth Champions League campaign. The team and I know very well that every match is tough. It's a competition where you are punished straight away for the slightest mistake. So in the Champions League, you always need a team with a very good balance in the pitch.feedback

Antonio Conte

I think every season is different. Last season is the past. Now it is another squad, different players and for this reason, if we compare last season, we didn't play Europa League or Champions League. This season we are facing four competitions and we are having a few problems doing this. When you have a few injuries, you are in trouble.feedback

Chris Sutton

I think that they will be focused on every competition. They have to be. You might see Conte tweak the line-ups in the domestic cups, but I think the Premier League has gone for Chelsea now, I do. Are they strong enough to win the Champions League.feedback

Tony Cascarino

He should be playing for a Champions League team but he needs an arm around the shoulder.feedback

Tony Cascarino

It's clear as day that Zaha is a Champions League player just look at his performance and goal for Palace against Chelsea on Saturday.feedback

Marcel Schmelzer - Borussia Dortmund

We've not made a good start to our Champions League campaign and we absolutely want to win the match. We're aiming to win the two matches against APOEL. This would mean we'd be under less pressure.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

It's special to play here at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid in Champions League, the team with the most titles in this competition. For English players, it's a dream. That's true. When you come here you feel the reality about football and it's a great opportunity for everyone. Everyone is excited to play here.feedback

Vadim Vasilyev

The other clubs were really circling around, talking to us but the only other one that became public was this one (Madrid). The boy wanted to go. It's a great project, I have to admit that, and it's a club that aspires to win the Champions League, and playing alongside Neymar made it even more attractive for him. So as long as it (the loan deal) was legal and we were not breaking any rules we said 'ok, we accept our player wants to join this team'. Initially we didn't want that to happen.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

Between Bergamo (Atalanta) and today we have dropped five points and haven't realised yet that to win the Scudetto you must fight every single day. Now we've got an important game on Wednesday against Sporting in the Champions League and we have to win.feedback

Leonardo Bonucci

The objective is to set no limitations in Serie A or the Europa League. Qualification for the Champions League must be the minimum target, as Milan have to play in that tournament every year.feedback

Franck Kessie

Milan called me to get back into the Champions League. This is a new challenge for me and I want to be up to it.feedback

Antonio Conte

I think if you compare Michy with last season he has improved a lot and he understood this league because it is not simple. He understood our style of football but he is another young player and he is working very hard to improve. This season he is finding many opportunities to play in the Champions League, in the league, to come on during the game, and to start the game. If you remember last season he had few opportunities to play but this season he is playing a lot and the most important thing is to show he is improving.feedback

Gianluca Vialli

That result was also on the back of going to Madrid and beating Atletico in a very, very important match for the Champions League campaign. To sum it up, I think that Chelsea will do very, very well this season. I think that Antonio's sides, whether it is Chelsea or Juventus, they always play with pride, real determination, real humility.feedback

Gianluca Vialli

Maybe he might want to focus slightly more on becoming successful in Europe with Chelsea in the Champions League because with his own Champions League campaigns so far, I am sure he's not entirely happy with the results.feedback

Gianluca Vialli

So maybe we will see Chelsea going very far in the Champions League this season.feedback

Robert Lewandowski

Who knows? Maybe we will win the Champions League and the Bundesliga.feedback

Robert Lewandowski

Because if you play for Bayern Munich and are playing Champions League semi finals and scoring a lot of goals in the Bundesliga and you're second top scorer in the Champions League... I don't know what place I was but it was a little bit funny - maybe funny is the right word.feedback

Robert Lewandowski

I wouldn't say it was that important to me. Success at Bayern is more important, especially in the Champions League. If we reach the Champions League final and win the Bundesliga, we can speak again but the Ballon d'Or is never my focus. I don't know why some players get 50th, 5th or 25th place. Only the first three places are important. That is why last year I was a little bit... how should I say... shocked. Sometimes it's not so easy if you are at a club that changes trainer during the season. But we have to push on now.feedback

Robert Lewandowski

But in the Champions League, after our defeat at PSG, we have work to do to qualify. We have to play to the end.feedback

Dominic Matteo

I think Jurgen Klopp is thinking that we have got the Champions League, which he wants to do well in. He (Klopp) wants to do well in the league as well and we have got the cups.feedback

Milos Ninkovic

Winning and improving are the main motivating factors for this year. We have four more trophies to win this season to add to our double and we aim to perform well in AFC Champions League.feedback

Evan Rye

He started off with a goal and a double in Euro 2016 qualification matches against Germany and Gibraltar respectively, before scoring one against Augsburg in the Bundesliga. He failed to score against Olympiakos in the Champions League but bounced back with his famous five goals within nine minutes against Wolfsburg , another double against Mainz and a hat-trick in the Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb.feedback

Howard Wilkinson

It seems the FA and leagues are choosing to ignore the facts; do people care about a strong England team? People [at the FA and leagues] should care; their success has come off the back of the English game, its history and heritage. Germany has shown that World Cups and Champions League success can be achieved through looking after their own.feedback

Jupp Heynckes

The man won the Champions League three times. Every coach understands this situation. I respect him very much and I would like to say this much: I've been through a similar situation in my career to the one Carlo is in now. I still have the highest opinion of him.feedback

Abdulaziz Breida

Sometimes, during the Champions League or Emir Cup, this can last for 12 hours.feedback

Gareth Southgate

Well, are they big players until they win? We're talking about big players because of transfer fees or because they are playing in the Champions League.feedback

Harry Arter

I know it doesn't come around as often as the Champions League, but if you ask the players, not just of Ireland or Wales but of Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Italy, they would say the World Cup is the top priority.feedback

Andrey Zakharov

Russia is an extremely secure country. It is definitely safe for British fans to come here. Those fans who arrived in Moscow for the Champions League matches [involving Liverpool and Manchester United], we deployed police to meet them, implemented all the measures according to the information we had. Everything will be secure. There is nothing to be afraid of, we are ready to ensure their security during the World Cup.feedback

Gareth Southgate

Are we going to become Spain in the next eight months? No, we're not. But they've got a squad of players who have won league titles and Champions League medals. Until you win things and can prove yourself on that stage, you can't consider yourself in that company. But our lads have a chance to play in that company again now.feedback

Gareth Southgate

Is this team where we want it to be? Of course, no. It is young, but there is potential and they are going to improve… They're young players we have to try and get behind. They're giving everything they've got. They haven't got Champions League or league championship-winning medals in the group. They're a work in progress. But they are giving everything for the shirt and they will improve in the next few years. They're suffering the consequences of 25 years, 30 years, 40 years whatever, but that isn't their fault. We have to give them the backing to go and believe.feedback

Markus Babbel

Franck Ribery has not scored a goal in the Champions League in the last two years. He still sees himself on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. But the truth is different. The truth is when it matters, he is not there. The club would have had to react – but this is exactly the problem. If Franck Ribery is offended, he calls Uli Hoeness and then you have already lost as a coach. Franck Ribery. And then the next one comes around says, of course, if he can bring his friends and family, then I will bring them as well.feedback

Travis Kalanick - Uber

London is the Champions League of Transportation. It has got a more dynamic, more competitive transportation system than any other city in the world.feedback

Mario Balotelli

This summer, we all had the objective of the Champions League in our minds and we wanted to go for it, or at least qualify for the Europa League.feedback

Antonio Conte

Usually during the season you have ups and downs, but last season was impressive for his continuity. This season he must show again this. Also in the Champions League, not only the Premier League and FA Cup. In every game he plays, we must see that.feedback

Andreas Christensen

Facing the strikers in the Bundesliga and two years in the Champions League as well got me so much experience. The club could not have done any more than they did in terms of helping me on the right path.feedback

Andreas Christensen

I was facing top strikers in the Bundesliga and that was a new thing for me. Then it was Sergio Aguero and Manchester City in the Champions League and they made it difficult for us.feedback

Andreas Christensen

They were Champions League matches, big games against the best players. It was what I wanted and good for me. But will it help me for this match? I don't know because, now, they know more about me as well. I knew teams wanted me on loan, but that a two-year [arrangement] would be more appropriate for me. I wanted one year to settle in and establish myself and another to play regularly and really go for it. It was two seasons at a high level. Chelsea kept looking after me, getting the videos and texting every day about how I was doing. Eddie Newton and Paulo Ferreira did a great job with me.feedback

Leicester City

Hopefully we can learn. We're in September, people say we're in a perfect condition, in the Premier League and Champions League, but it's September. I want to see how we react. I admire many things about what Chelsea do, the manager, the way they play. They can play amazing counterattack, set pieces, they defend deep then attack. They control all the aspects of football. That's why they won the Premier League. They were able to win three days ago in one of the toughest stadiums in the world [at Atlético Madrid]. Especially what I like the most is they don't create a lot of chances.feedback

Antonio Conte

If God gives you this talent, you must exploit this talent. Sometimes, Eden, if he scores one goal, he is happy and then, if there's another situation, he prefers to make an assist rather than scoring twice. For Ronaldo, if he scores once he wants two or three or four. The same for Messi. This season is very important for Eden. You know very well he is a top player and this season he has a big opportunity to get better because the Champions League is important for players to show they can compete to be the best. I like players who think about the team, who think about 'us' not 'm'.feedback

Antonio Conte

Sometimes, if he scores one goal, he's happy and then, if there is another situation, he prefers to make an assist rather than scoring twice. I see, for Ronaldo, that if he scores once he wants two, three, four. It's the same for Messi. This season is very important for Eden. The Champions League, together with the Premier League, is important to show you can compete to be the best.feedback

Antonio Conte

If God gives you this talent, you must exploit this talent. My task is sometimes to push him to be decisive in every moment, in every game. This season is very important for Eden. The Champions League, together with the Premier League, is important to show you can compete to be the best.feedback

Marco Asensio

Receiving praise from Cristiano Ronaldo is a joy. But I don't think about winning the Ballon d'Or because I'm young and everything will happen when it happens. It is a very important day for me. Renewing my contract with the biggest club in the world is a source of real pride. The goal in the Champions League final [was my favourite so far], it's a dream goal to play a final, to win and to score. It was amazing, very exciting.feedback

David Luiz

We have four more games to play and we have to get more points to qualify. We now have two very difficult games against Roma so let's keep our feet on the ground because it's not easy to get points in the Champions League.feedback

David Luiz

I didn't have the power to stop him because of my injury and I pushed his shirt. In the rules that's a penalty but if the referee gives that one, he has to give many more. The performance of the team was amazing. We played a great game and controlled it from the first minute. It's not easy to play against Atletico, one of the best teams in the Champions League from the last few years. They know how to play against everybody. I was happy with the performance of the team and in the end we got what we deserved.feedback

Paul Ince

There's got to be more onus on those forward players for not getting the ball in the net and being more clinical. But while everyone bangs on about the defence, the heat is taken off them, and I feel for Klopp, because he can't put the ball in the back of the net for them. That's not to say there's no defensive issues – this switching around of the goalkeeper isn't working for a start. Switching goalkeeper between the league and the Champions League doesn't work, and their game against Spartak Moscow proved that. Mignolet should have played, not Karius.feedback

Andres Iniesta

It's the Champions League - the matches away from home are always difficult and this has been one more example. I think [Sporting] have great players in midfield, they attack well, they combine well. We have tried to counter it in the best way we could and we have done it to a great extent.feedback

Alvaro Morata

Atletico in the last few years have arrived to the Champions League final, so it was a very good test and we took the three points and now we can move on, relax and put this mentality into the Premier League. It was a massive victory.feedback

Antonio Conte

We know very well that there are very strong teams in this competition and Atletico Madrid are one of those. I think we are starting to build something important and season by season we are building. The Champions League is a great competition and there is a great desire to show that we deserve to play this type of game. It was the first big game for him after the bad injury and his answer was fantastic, positive. He had a great link with Álvaro.feedback

Alvaro Morata

It is a very important win for us. It was a big test. Atletico Madrid were in the Champions League final a few years ago and now we can go home relaxed and put this mentality into the Premier League. It is always a good feeling to score the first goal in a new stadium. I am very happy. It is great to play with a player like Eden Hazard. He is one of the best in the world and I am very lucky to play with him.feedback

Eusebio Di Francesco

You can't have any regrets after a win. We certainly could have done better at 2-0 but you can't forget Roma haven't won in the Champions League for some time and that this was a difficult atmosphere.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

We will never underestimate this team – all the games in the Champions League are difficult. We can only win this game, because we lost our first game. This group is about to start – we have to start to win from now, otherwise it will be complicated later on.feedback

John Stones

For the fans and the people who didn't know about Shakhtar, I think they came here and showed what they're about and that's why they're in the Champions League.feedback

Unai Emery

I have talked to both. They'll know what to do when they are on the field. If people talk about PSG a lot, it's because this is one of the best teams in Europe, and in the world. That's why we have more enemies now. They can see that this team is serious, and that with the players we bought this year and in the previous years, we have made a step forward to win the Champions League.feedback

Thibaut Courtois

He is a very good friend and it will be nice to see him there. I am happy that until the New Year we don't have to face him and I hope we continue in the Champions League.feedback

Juergen Klopp

We did enough and we had four or five 100 per cent chances and that's then disappointing but it is like it is. In the Champions League in the group stage the only target you have is to go through the group to the next round, and that's still possible for us.feedback

Antonio Conte

In the last few years in these competitions Spanish teams have dominated Europe, also in the Europa League. It means they are very strong, they have a lot of experience in these competitions. Atletico are a really good team with great experience. They always play a great competition and to reach the finals of the Champions League is not simple, it means you are strong and able to have a good tournament.feedback

Antonio Conte

David is an important player for us, he is a generous player and always available. This type of injury won't stop him. He is in contention for the game, no problem. Everyone is fit. Pedro has a minor problem but not a serious problem. For us it is very important to play game by game, now we play a really tough game. It is an important game for us. You understand which your moment is and for us it is very important to play this type of game - away to one of the best teams in the Champions League. It is the best moment to understand where we are.feedback

Marco Verratti

They already feel at home here and both are having a great start to the season. One of our objectives is to win the Champions League. Players like them give us a greater chance.feedback

Unai Emery

Many players are able to do this. Many want it. Cavani and Neymar are ready. There will be a lot of penalties and they will both get them. They are among the candidates to win the Champions League. He had six good months last season. He began late on his return from the Confederations Cup. He offers versatility. He can help us by starting or by coming on.feedback

Ottmar Hitzfeld

And I would say, to be in the semi-finals with Bayern, among the best four teams in the Champions League or in Europe, then the task has been fulfilled.feedback

Ottmar Hitzfeld

The most important thing is always the Bundesliga and they have managed to win it with a clear lead. In the Champions League [last season] they were also a bit unlucky with Real Madrid. And in the Champions League the hope is big, of course, to reach more than the quarter-finals.feedback

Ottmar Hitzfeld

They have had bad results and at Bayern every game is going to be analysed and reported about. Ancelotti has kept calm. This shows his experience. He knows that we cannot be in top form on the first, second, third matchday, that would not be good, because when they then come to the important games in the Champions League, in about eight weeks' time or next year then, it is not ideal to be in early [good] form. And in the Champions League the hope is big, of course, to reach more than the quarter-finals.feedback

Juergen Klopp

I am really impressed that we are at a Champions League press conference talking about things like this. I really don't understand the business anymore. I love Harry, too. Actually, that's not important for Russia. It's just an English thing. Pochettino loves Kane - and who do I love? That's the question. It's a waste of time.feedback

Thierry Henry

Lukaku has just arrived at Manchester United, he hasn't played long in the Champions League. For Harry Kane, last season was short in the Champions League. It was short in the Europa League and the Euros.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I played against CSKA with Real Madrid, with Inter, with Chelsea and now with Manchester United, so it's something normal in my Champions League career. Opponents wise, I think it's the best CSKA that I'm going to play against. I think it's the best team that I face with CSKA as an opponent.feedback

Loris Karius

It's my first season in the Champions League, so on top of that I see it as a big chance to perform well and show myself to the manager, tell him I'm ready for whatever. If you need me in the Premier League I'll be there, so it's a chance for me.feedback

Antonio Conte

We weren't lucky in the draw, we've got one of the hardest groups. Atlético have done well in all the most important competitions over the last few years, reached various finals and semi-finals and have a strong side. I know Roma very well, they compete for the highest honours in Italy and will do the same in other competitions. We returned to the Champions League with great enthusiasm and we want to do our best, but we have to be careful. We just have to find a way to get through the group, and then prepare for the next draw.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

It wasn't easy, as this Torino side is tough to beat, but it was the best way to prepare for Wednesday's Champions League game.feedback

Arsene Wenger

Honestly yes (I miss being in it) but I must say I have nearly 200 games in the Champions League so I can feel privileged. Do I still follow it? I think that the group stage, there are not many interesting games so I choose one or two that are interesting.feedback

Benjamin Mendy

Every time I get in my car I sit and sift through pictures and I saw that one of Kyle looking like he'd been taken down by a sniper against Liverpool. So I stuck it on Twitter but then Kyle got me back. I got nutmegged against Feyenoord in the Champions League so he put a picture of that out and told me, There you go. 1-1. Right back at you. Some friends called me up and said, Look at the face you're pulling, you look like Emile Heskey!feedback

Kenny Dalglish

No-one can say anything other than Brendan has done fantastically well - undefeated last year and qualifying for the Champions League two years running. It's not just down to one person - Scott Sinclair has come in, Moussa Dembele has come in and set the place alight.feedback

Paulo Dybala

Goals are great, but the important thing is to win trophies with the team. We want to go all the way in all three tournaments again, albeit changing the [Champions League] final result.feedback

Marco Verratti

After six matchdays, it can happen that there is a difficult one. Now we have to think about the Champions League.feedback

Zinedine Zidane

We have a game on Saturday, a game in the Champions League, then another game [against Espanyol on October 1]. We have a lot of matches, so luckily we can change things very quickly and that is what we are going to do.feedback

Ed Woodward

The range that we set out there encapsulates the various finishing positions within the Premier League, and from a Champions League perspective it's the same across all the cups which is a quarter-final assumption.feedback

Ed Woodward

We concluded a successful 2016-17 season with a total of three trophies [including the Community Shield] and a return to Champions League football. The year saw us set record revenues of over £581m and achieve a record EBITDA [Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation] of £199.8m. We are pleased with the investment in our squad and look forward to an exciting season.feedback

Ed Woodward

Absolutely, I think they will enter the mix; anecdotally, there was incredibly strong interest in the last cycle. We are hearing that around the Premier League table, and we are also hearing that from a European perspective in terms of interest in the Champions League and Europa rights. I do think we are going to see an increasing engagement from these, and we would welcome the interest.feedback

Ilkay Gundogan

He said that he had also operated on Xavi Hernández. He said that after he had the operation, Xavi won every competition: the Spanish title, the Champions League, the World Cup, everything.feedback

Antonio Conte

But now we have a clear example with Christensen. Christensen played on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and now he's in our squad. He played almost every game and now he's ready to play. Ready to play in the Champions League.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

After the game with Barcelona [in the Champions League] I decided, together with Gigi, to play Szczesny in this game. That doesn't mean I have more or less confidence because Neto played a lot of games last season.feedback

Jupp Heynckes

Toni is 27 and has won the Champions League three times, won the treble with Bayern and lifted the World Cup with Germany. He should just hang up his boots now.feedback

Fernando Morientes

PSG are clearly one of the favourites to win the Champions League. But, to reach the level where Real Madrid are, you not only need good players but also need to make sure they play as a team. We have to wait and see if they can do that.feedback

Phil Neville

I played with Park Ji-sung at Man United, and they have similar qualities. Their attitude is fantastic. They give energy to their team. Park became a legend at Man United - unselfish work, played in big games. Everyone remembers he stopped [Andrea] Pirlo in the Champions League, he was great to play with, a nightmare to play against.feedback

Ruud van Nistelrooy

Like me, I think he is a pure No.9, playing through the middle. You wouldn't put me on the wing. The same with him. I was the same type of player, making runs behind, dangerous in the box and holding the ball up. This time around, with the squad they have, I think they are capable of competing in both the Premier League and the Champions League.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

At the team level I am happy. I think after one year we are a different team. Not just because we are playing in the Champions League, which is the competition for Manchester United, but because in the Premier League we managed a good start which put us initially in the top positions in the table. We have 10 points. Man City have 10 points. Chelsea have nine points, Tottenham maybe seven, Liverpool seven, so what's the difference.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

When I arrived in the first season there was already investments made in buying players, changing the squad, selling players, that you probably would have done in a different way. For sure I would have kept some of the players that were sold, for sure I would not buy some of the players that were bought. I think, after one year, we are a different team. Not just because we are playing in the Champions League, which is the competition for Manchester United, but because in the Premier League we managed a good start which put us initially in the top positions in the table.feedback

Lukas Podolski

Because of 50 people everything gets pulled into the mud. Ridiculous! The atmosphere inside the stadium was thrilling. Koln does not have to hide or be ashamed. That was glorious support. More than in the Champions League.feedback

Davide Zappacosta

I'm the 100th Italian player to score in the Champions League? I didn't actually know that, it makes it even more perfect. I hope I don't wake up and realise it was all a dream. I arrived in England after the matches with the national team and I've really not had a spare minute.feedback

Andreas Pereira

So I look on the bright side. If I think negatively, it can hurt, but it's a good thing for me. Valencia are a great club who should be fighting to win LaLiga, the Copa del Rey and to be in the Champions League. [The decision to come] was difficult because there are people who wanted me to stay in Manchester, but it's better for me to be here in an individual sense.feedback

Davide Zappacosta

Honestly, before I shot I was looking in the penalty box for an unmarked team-mate. Then I kicked it and at that point I didn't understand anything. I went through those moments in a genuine trance: the ball in the net, the celebrations of the fans, the embrace from my team-mates. When we were warming up I noticed that the stadium was half empty, which I thought was strange since it was Chelsea's return to the Champions League after a year out.feedback

Davide Zappacosta

The best night of my career? Without a doubt. I've never experienced a story like this. My Champions League debut, my first match for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and a spectacular goal. All perfect. When we were warming up I noticed that the stadium was half empty, which I thought was strange since it was Chelsea's return to the Champions League after a year out.feedback

John Stones

To come away from home in the Champions League, score four goals and keep a clean sheet is a massive boost for us to take into the next game.feedback

Dani Ceballos

I am happy to have started my Champions League dream with a win, it will be hard to forget. It is a special day for me, a dream come true. The team started well and we were electric in the second half, which led to us getting a great win.feedback

Dani Ceballos

We are trying to write history, it is in our hands and we showed the drive we have to win a third consecutive Champions League title.feedback

Cristiano Ronaldo

There's still a long way to go; let's go game by game. First we have the group stage then we can see. We, of course, want to win this tournament. The Champions League is Real Madrid's competition and we want to win it. It was a game we needed to win; we played at home and wanted to start the Champions League well. I think the side were good; we know we were taking on a defensive outfit. We could've scored more but, in the end, it was a good result and we've started off well and we're happy with that.feedback

Maurizio Sarri

We must not forget that we lost 2-1 at the home of the seeded team in this group. If anyone thought the Champions League would be a walk in the park for Napoli, they have their feet back on the ground now.feedback

John Stones

Like I said, I was just happy to help. It was a great start to our Champions League campaign.feedback

Harry Kane

I have said before I want to break into that world-class bracket. To do that you have to play well in the Champions League. The Champions League is a big stage, all the best players in Europe, if not the world, are here.feedback

Arsene Wenger

This is a different competition and we want to win every competition we play in, but we don't calculate that this is the best way to the Champions League qualification.feedback

Arjen Robben

Normally if you win a Champions League game 3-0 it's good. But if you get a penalty after 10 minutes, lead 1-0 and have 11 [men] against 10, you have to be more aggressive and confident.feedback

Volker Struth

If you look at the fees today, and remember that Toni moved for €25 million, you can say that he is the bargain of the century for Real. The Real Madrid board are still happy to have signed a player of such class, as they told us after the Champions League final in Cardiff. Just for comparison, James Rodriguez [now at Bayern] moved to Real Madrid from Monaco for €80m in the same year. Because of guys like Dembele I have a shitty reputation. It annoys me that people say the agents told him not to come go to the training sessions anymore.feedback

Antonio Conte

It was a good start, a perfect start us. To play the first game of the Champions League, then to win with a good result, to score many goals, to finish the game with a clean sheet. It's not easy to change your life in one week, but his answer was very good. It's early to speak about this. We must have a bit of patience with Eden. We must give him the possibility to recover very well, to be totally fit.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I think the Champions League for these teams [big European sides] that you are speaking, and for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, I think for these teams the Champions League starts in February. Now is just the warming up and in February when us English teams, we are trying to survive after the winter period, they will be fresh and ready after these warm-ups.feedback

Ralph Hasenhuttl

We can live with the point even if we didn't give them much to work with. We kept them quiet and created a lot of chances ourselves. But when you take our performance in the context of our UEFA Champions League debut you could see there were a few nerves on the ball and we weren't as ruthless in taking the risks in the final third.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

For me he's one of the best strikers in the world. In the Champions League, the most important competition in the world, scoring will give him the credit he deserves.feedback

Simon Gleave

In recent years there has also been a decrease in the conversion rate. The percentage of penalties scored in the last two seasons were 58% and 62% respectively, the lowest and second lowest conversion rates recorded over the last 14 seasons. The average across all 14 seasons of the current Champions League format is 70%.feedback

Harry Kane

If you want to be put in that bracket you have to perform in that competition. It's a big stage, it's massive. All the best players are there. You have to produce your best against the best. We want to be known as one of the best teams in Europe, and to do that you have to perform in the Champions League. We've got a great team and have been playing together for the last two or three years. We know how we want to play. We've got a philosophy here that we stick to and understand very well.feedback

Antonio Conte

To play in Champions League means the coach trusts you. My message was this. I trust all my players, not only with words but with facts. First game in the Champions League, I decided to start with a rotation. We have to start a process to improve our players. We are crazy to think we could play with only 13 players like last season. So we have to improve all these players to create positive competition, between them. It's very important and I had a positive answer from my players.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

For Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, these teams, the Champions League starts in February. Now is just warming up and in February [when the knockout stage begins] when we English teams are trying to survive after the winter period, they are fresh and ready after this warm up. This is a warm up. I think we are in a second level and that's let's qualify to make the points for the knockout phase and if we do that let's enjoy to play against the big guys.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

Last season, after the first game at home against Monaco, it was difficult to change the dynamic. I think it's so important to try to win the first game and get three points. It will be tough because Dortmund is a great, great team but in our mind our mentality is to try to win and be aggressive from the first ball. Last season was our first experience of the Champions League. Previously we played in the Europa League, for 98 or 99 percent of the players, and for myself too.feedback

Michy Batshuayi

It is good for me and it is good for the team. It's my first game in the Champions League.feedback

Giovanni van Bronckhorst

They have players with lots of quality and experience and to me they are one of the teams that can win the Champions League.feedback

Giovanni van Bronckhorst

It's hard in the Champions League. I won in 2006 and [between] the big teams the difference is not big, it's small. Sometimes you have to get lucky.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

Now we need experience. We need to challenge them. Remember - we had to reduce gap to the top-four sides, now we're fighting again to reduce the gap with these type of clubs in the Champions League.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

I think Wednesday is so important, to start well in the competition and get the three points will be key to the future. In theory it should be Real Madrid first and the others trying for second, but football is not about theory. Our ambition is to win every game. We need to challenge them. Remember - we had to reduce gap to the top-four sides, now we're fighting again to reduce the gap with these type of clubs in the Champions League.feedback

Harry Kane

I have scored two goals in three games in the Champions League, so hopefully I can continue scoring and just try to do my best.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

The only thing I can say is that Real Madrid last year played the last month in La Liga with the second team. They could do it. And they arrived in the Champions League final with a fresh team.feedback

Raphael Wicky

It's my first job as a professional coach with a professional team, so to be able to coach in the Champions League is an amazing thing. Not every coach can live that and that is why it will be special for me as well. I am looking forward to all these games and facing a manager with the record of Jose Mourinho is very special for me.feedback

Henning Berg

The first year was a learning process for all the players and maybe for Mourinho and now they know what to expect and know what to do. They have the players to be able to fight for the Premier League title and Champions League.feedback

Nizaar Kinsella

Mourinho lived up to his reputation in Europe in his first season at Chelsea as he got them to the Champions League semi-final as well as winning the league, getting past Barcelona and Bayern Munich in two exciting knockout games before being eliminated by Luis Garcia's 'ghost goal' for Liverpool. Even in his final knockout game as Chelsea manager, when they were upset by 10-man Paris Saint-Germain, they suffered injustices of their own over the 120 minutes but still went on to win the league with no more European football to distract them.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

To go back to the Champions League is just to go back to the natural habitat of Manchester United season after season. We look forward to the match and I hope Old Trafford feels it in the same way we are feeling it. We will go into this match thinking we can win, we will go to Moscow for the second match thinking we can win, we will go to Lisbon for the third match thinking we can win. We can. But to say in this moment we are candidates for this, candidates for that… at this moment we are just candidates to win the match against Basel.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

To be in the Champions League is just to go back to the natural habitat, season after season, for Manchester United. I look forward to tomorrow and hope Old Trafford feels it in the same way we feel it. Our motivation's high. We'll try to qualify and enjoy that special knockout phase with the best teams in Europe. In the Champions League there are four or five teams with an incredible level of quality, of experience, of know-how and that's what makes the difference. But there are many other teams in the Champions League with very similar qualities to teams in the Europa League.feedback

Eric Bailly

Being back in the Champions League is going back to the natural habitat. Manchester United have been there season after season. For some players there's the motivation of playing in it for the first time, so we look forward to the match and I hope also Old Trafford feels it in the same way we are feeling.feedback

Stewart Regan

I have a lot of respect for Peter Lawwell. I was with him at the Champions League draw a couple of weeks ago and we have a very good relationship. I'd do exactly the same in his position – he is looking out for the best interests of Celtic Football Club.feedback

Gonzalo Higuain

No. I always believe that it's beautiful to win important matches, but it's also very important simply to reach those moments. I truly believe that. Juve have played two Champions League finals in three years. That is very difficult to do.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I think it is easier for [Lindelof] to play Champions League. It is more comparable to the Portuguese style of football. It is more different in relation to the Premier League, so no need to adapt to Champions League. He needs a little bit of time to adapt to the Premier League, especially to the new Premier League.feedback

Antonio Conte

The chances [of winning the Champions League] this season? I don't know. If you ask me the chances of last season to win the title in England it was zero. Instead we changed totally the opinion of people.feedback

Antonio Conte

You are never relaxed in England, because you have to play a tough league and also FA Cup and also Carabao Cup. Now we are starting to play the Champions League. To play 60, 65 games it's normal, but it's not easy. In my past sometimes before a Champions League game you rested. In England it's not easy to do this.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

There is no need for him to adapt to the Champions League but he needs a bit of time to adapt to the Premier league, especially the new Premier League. He is very bright and very clam and step by step he will be there. I am more than confident for tomorrow [Tuesday], he is a very good player with a very good potential. He's a very important player for me, much more important than you can imagine.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

He is doing really well and is very confident, & I'll go with him again tomorrow. I think it's easier for (Lindelof) to play in the Champions League, it's more comparable to the Portuguese style of play than the Premier League. He needs a bit of time for the Premier League, but step by step he's going to be there. There are reasons for the other boys to be worried because Victor is a very good player.feedback

Eden Hazard

No problem, no, no problem [if I never win the Champions League]. I try to give everything on the pitch. If I win, I am happy. If I don't win, no regrets.feedback

Ander Herrera

We have to know where we come from. We have come from the Europa League, we won it and it is very important and it is a very good title but it is the Europa League. We were sixth in the Premier League [last season] so we have to respect every team we face because they deserve to be in the Champions League. Paul Pogba is there to score goals, Marcus [Rashford] will score, Anthony [Martial] is scoring, Juan [Mata] will score because it is in his DNA so we cannot give all the responsibility to Romelu. It is important to have him though.feedback

Ander Herrera

I am always ready to play. I always say the same. I am a team player and when the manager needs me I will be there and that's it. In football there are no surprises. It doesn't matter that he hasn't played Champions League before, he has scored goals and played in the best league in the world so he will score goals for us.feedback

Thiago Silva

Neymar and Dani will bring a lot of positivity and experience. They already won the Champions League, with [Angel] Di Maria. Other players won important trophies as well like [Julian] Draxler and [Kevin] Trapp also.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I think motivation is very important and of course motivation is very high. I think in the Champions League there are four or five teams with an incredible level of quality, of experience, of know-how and that's what makes the difference. It doesn't matter if it is on the pitch or if it is on the bench, so if his conditions improved he will be selected because I need him. But in this moment I cannot say yet. I don't think Bailly and Jones are better than them. I think they are the same level, they are just different players. It is more comparable to the Portuguese style of football.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

It's true that our problem was to have had 19 players that did not count as home-grown for the Champions League squad [including Lamela and Janssen]. It's unbelievable that Eric Dier is not home-grown when he's playing for England. That is so strange, no? It kills a little bit our possibilities.feedback

Thierry Henry

It has been too long since English clubs regularly went deep in the Champions League.feedback

Thierry Henry

There will be a lot of pressure, though, because they have joined the group of teams who are judged on whether they win the Champions League.feedback

Paul Ince

There were a few eyebrows raised at Barca's £120m valuation and he will have to shine in the Champions League to show he is truly worth that kind of money.feedback

Stefan Effenberg

On the one hand, he's attacked the philosophy of the club. Uli Hoeness has already said several times that they will not spend totals by €100 million or €150m. He also attacked his colleagues, who in his opinion apparently did not have the quality to win what he wants: the Champions League. We have so many highly talented, potential world-class players in Germany – not 15 but 30 to 40! They have won the World Cup, the Confederations Cup and the European Under 21 Championship.feedback

Luciano Spalletti

We have to create something that allows us to move forwards next year, to create the criteria with which we can see who we are as a team. It's okay with me if you say that we need to fight for Champions League qualification and we'll have to check-in for that in games such as tomorrow's if we're to fly around Europe.feedback

Gianluca Petrachi

We want Belotti to be paid for what he is worth. If the lad wants to challenge himself at Champions League clubs, then we can talk about that in future.feedback

Adam Lallana

Our record is there against the top teams and it's also fair to say we'll fancy ourselves in the Champions League. I'll miss the first few games but I'm sure the lads will put us into a great position. Hopefully I'll be back for the last three of the group stages possibly.feedback

Juergen Klopp

It is pretty certain he'll not be available for the majority of the Champions League group matches. If we are fortunate enough to still be in UEFA competition in the New Year he could be added to the squad then. The medical guys are pleased with how he is responding and Nathaniel has shown a really strong attitude, given he is not someone who is used to being out injured.feedback

Carlo Ancelotti

David Alaba will train individually. It will be difficult for Tuesday [versus Anderlecht in the Champions League] but he could play against Mainz next weekend.feedback

Florentino Perez

Cristiano will play Wednesday in the Champions League and we have already seen the desire he had at Camp Nou [in the Supercopa de Espana].feedback

Tommy Oar

Obviously, I'm just devastated. It was a childhood dream. I have never played in the Champions League and I was looking forward to playing on such a big stage.feedback

Michael Ballack

I can understand his optimism, because he is a coach of a top team which always has the chance to win the Champions League. If that always happens is another question, but he illustrates it. I think that's the right way as a coach. He has won a lot with different teams and knows exactly how to win the Champions League with all his experience. It's the right way to attack that goal offensively and positively, especially for his players.feedback

Michael Ballack

He should attack, because he has the possibility to attack with Bayern. He can reach something big, to win Champions League with three different teams.feedback

Vincent Janssen

Yes, of course, he has a future. We only had 17 Champions League places to include players.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

Serge is a player with a lot of experience in Europe. Last season he was playing with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.feedback

Jamie Vardy

But it weren't the Premier League was it? So I'm all right with that I think. I'll never regret anything I've chosen to do. It was just coming up with the positives and negatives, and I came up with a decision and I'm pleased with the decision I made. They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years or something, until last year. That was something to think about. But Leicester were also in the Champions League and on a different night at home against Atletico Madrid we could have gone even further.feedback

Jamie Vardy

I want to win as much as possible, I don't want to only have one Premier League medal in my drawer at home – it would be an empty glass cabinet. I want to win as much as possible. I'm contracted to Leicester and we will see how high we can go. In the future, who knows? They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years or something, until last year. That was something to think about. But Leicester were also in the Champions League and on a different night at home against Atletico Madrid we could have gone even further.feedback

Jamie Vardy

It wasn't the Premier League was it? So we're all right with that I think. I'll never regret anything I've chosen to do. I'm a bit of a psychic, I could see the little downfall they are on now. They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years until last year. That was something to think about. They're not willing to wait for maybe a Danny Newton. He's gone to Stevenage but who knows, next year it might be another jump for him?feedback

Cristiano Ronaldo

It was a promise. I'd promised that if we won the Champions League and I scored a goal, I'd do it. I did it and I shaved myself.feedback

Bernardo Silva

The Champions League is more difficult to win. Of course, the Premier League isn't easy to win, but the Champions League has all of the best teams in Europe, so it's as good as it gets. Manchester City have never won it either, so I want to make history.feedback

Eden Hazard

Diego and I have been playing together for three years, we have won everything together except for the Champions League. It's a pleasure to play with him, he's a top player and a top person. Every week you have to be ready for the fight because every week, if you aren't ready, you could lose. We will see at the end of the season who is best.feedback

Rony Lopes

In the end, in spite of more or less money spent, it's 11 against 11 in every match. I'm sure it will be a long competitive season. For everyone. To play regularly at the highest level is naturally my biggest dream. Last season was great for the club and our objective is to keep the club on this streak. It will not be easy as our domestic competitors are investing strongly and our Champions League group is very homogeneous, but we are here to beat the odds once again.feedback

Rony Lopes

To those who doubt we can repeat or overcome last year's results, we have only one thing to do: shut them up with victories. To play regularly at the highest level is naturally my biggest dream. Last season was great for the club and our objective is to keep the club on this streak. It will not be easy as our domestic competitors are investing strongly and our Champions League group is very homogeneous, but we are here to beat the odds once again.feedback

Eden Hazard

Diego? We spent three years together and we won everything – not the Champions League but we won the league. It was a pleasure to play with him. I want him back but you know I don't make the decision. But he is a top guy, a top player.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I am not thinking Zlatan will play any part in the group phase. I don't think there is any chance of that. Do we have space in the Champions League list to have him? Yes, we have. Hopefully he can play in the knockout phase but for that we need to finish top two.feedback

Eden Hazard

Diego? We spend three years together and we won everything, not the Champions League but we won the League. It was a pleasure to play with him. I hope for him in the future he can find a solution and I want to see him on the pitch soon.feedback

Eden Hazard

I think this year will be no different from the previous years, in the sense that every year it is difficult, especially when you play in many competitions. This year we have the Champions League as well and it is not easy to succeed in multiple competitions. But we will do our best and we have got depth in our squad so sometimes maybe one or two players can rest so they are 110 per cent for the next competition. I think we have got one of the best managers in the world. So we are really happy with him.feedback

Juan Mata

The Premier League is back this week and we're going to focus on our visit to Stoke, always a difficult game. After that we will start thinking about the Champions League nights, which are back at Old Trafford, finally.feedback

Markus Plog

I still remember that when he was playing for us, he sometimes showed a fiery temper. There was a time when Toni wasn't allowed to play for a couple of games due to ill-discipline, like arriving late to training sessions and other things like that. But I think that was a very important lesson for him and from that point on he changed. He became a disciplined, hungry guy who always wanted to achieve more and more. From that point on it was a lot of fun working with him. There are some days I still can't believe it when I watch him on television against Messi or Ronaldo in the Champions League.feedback

Eden Hazard

I think this year will be no different from the previous years, in the sense that every year it is difficult - especially when you play in many competitions. This year we have the Champions League as well and it is not easy to succeed in multiple competitions. We just want to win as many trophies as possible. For me personally I haven't won the Champions League so maybe that one would be a little bit more special, but I would prefer us to win everything.feedback

Andrew Cole

It's massive for the club [to be back in the Champions League], because that gives you another platform to bring in the players that you need. That is what the fans want and what they expect at a club like Manchester United. So that is major as well. You can't say they are favourites for the title because they bought some good players. They finished sixth last season, yes they have brought in some really quality players, but the Premier League this season, there are six teams that could win it.feedback

Andrew Cole

It gets tougher and tougher to win that Champions League. If you look at the team that has won it two years on the bounce now, we played them in the Super Cup and I think you saw the gap there.feedback

Ruud van Nistelrooy

The Champions League will start now so I'm very excited to see how they will do there. They look impressive at the moment and they can challenge this season for the big ones.feedback

Gareth Southgate

How could we possibly compare ourselves to a team who have Champions League winners throughout? We're a work in progress. And I don't know how quickly we can develop that. The players are willing to learn and take on board ideas. But I go back to what I said a few months ago: If we're looking for some kind of messiah to change things, I don't think that's realistic.feedback

Chris Hughton

We are delighted that Ezequiel is joining us. He has made nearly 190 appearances in the top flight in Italy and Portugal and has played in the Champions League, and is the type of experienced player we want to add to the squad. He can also play as a more attacking wing-back and so gives us some good options in defence.feedback

Juergen Klopp

I hear a lot of talk about positions, but let's talk about the player; he is someone with really good abilities who always gives everything for his team. A player that is positive and willing to take risks to try and make positive things happen. He may still be young, but he has a lot of experience in the Premier League, Champions League and for his country. Already he is a very, very good player and I think he has the mentality and desire to get even better – and that excites me.feedback

Panagiotis Retsos

Bayer have always played in the Champions League, despite a difficult national competition, which has impressed me very much. To be wanted by such a club makes me proud and I'm looking forward to playing in the Bundesliga in one of the most attractive leagues in Europe.feedback

Rudi Völler - Bayer

Retsos had offers from some top clubs playing internationally this year, so it is all the more pleasing for us that he has decided to move to Bayer – especially since he was so elemental to Olympiakos qualifying for the Champions League. He's a young player with special talents and fits perfectly into our requirements. He is an investment in the future of the club.feedback

Michael Emenalo

Danny is not only a Premier League winner but also has Champions League experience which will be invaluable for us this season. He is a typically combative English midfielder with a cultured passing technique and his arrival significantly strengthens our midfield options.feedback

Alex Ferguson

I think that the Europa Cup has taken on arms and legs since they made the decision to allow the winners to get into the Champions League. And Jose [Mourinho] seized on that and made sure that he was playing his best teams every round, right from the very start. They deserved to win it because his attitude was first-class in terms of wanting to win this tournament and obviously getting to the Champions League.feedback

Tony Pulis

We've now got a deal which I think is right for the club and I'm really pleased to add a player of this quality and experience to our group. Kieran's a good age and has made over 200 appearances for Arsenal, represented his country and has Premier League and Champions League experience. To add these qualities to our squad is exactly what we're looking for.feedback

Alex Ferguson

Juventus were in the cup final two years before and they've been the main Italian threat to win the champions League.feedback

Jean Michael Seri

After the [Champions League playoff against Napoli] I met with Barcelona's directors for more than an hour and they didn't tell me anything about not going through with signing me. I went home really happy; then the next day I read the news. I was stunned.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I will be very happy when the Champions League and League Cup start. Because then I'll have more games and more opportunities to give all of my players the game time they deserve. As ever, all the boys are working hard. It might be easy for people to praise the ones who have done so well in the opening games of the season, but I prefer to praise the amazing professionals who are not playing at the moment. The squad is good and the mentality of the players is very good too.feedback

Roberto Firmino

We must at least repeat our performance of last year by finishing in the top four - and then fight for the title. The team is also very motivated by the experience of being back in the Champions League. The target is to finish in the best possible position and we are aiming high.feedback

Marco Fassone

We are probably the most international club in Italy – Juventus has more domestic titles but European football is in Milan's DNA. We are pleased to have reached the Europa League because it represents an important step and it will be a priority for us this year to come back on to the international stage. But the natural home the club has to be in is the Champions League.feedback

Juergen Klopp

I cannot promise anyone they will play 10 games in a row but I will use everyone as much as possible and try to help them take the next step. When you see how Sadio Mané has been this season, you can understand how much we missed him for 15 games last season. If that was not a blow, I don't know what is. But we still got the results to finish fourth and now we have qualified for the Champions League group stages it feels a bit more like we finished third.feedback

David Wall

It didn't stop them winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions' League. And it forced Mourinho into signing a proper centre forward to take his place, rather than a withdrawn forward like Griezman (or someone similar). If they'd not signed Lukaku, and Zlatan was still playing as the main centre forward then they'd not have the pace and threat that they've shown so far this year. The fact that opposition defences now have to really worry about people running beyond them in turn makes more space for the midfield to play, something that didn't often happen last season.feedback

Chris Coleman

He was disappointed to miss the Serbia game but there was nothing we could do about that and of course he's won the Champions League again this year.feedback

Frank Lampard

If you get beaten in the Champions League, then that's because you have been beaten by a better team. It is as simple as that. Unfortunately, for the English teams, the real best teams have been a Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich for a time.feedback

Frank Lampard

We know the main one but even against Manchester United in the Super Cup, with Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, the rotation in the centre of passing and movement proved the benchmark. Everyone is playing catch up. I do think Chelsea have as good a chance as any out of the English clubs, alongside Manchester City. They have a big squad too and a lot of European-style players who may flourish on the Champions League platform.feedback

John Hartson

If I'm Brendan Rodgers, I'm saying to [Jose] Mourinho, Let him have another season here, keep your £25-30m for now, he's got Champions League football, he loves playing for Celtic.feedback

Juergen Klopp

Until 31 August, that's how the business is – a lot of things are really possible, ins and outs. I've said it a few times, if the transfer window closed tomorrow, it is like it is and I'm happy with it. In the Champions League game [against Hoffenheim on Wednesday] Divock Origi was not in the squad. He did nothing wrong, that just shows how big the quality already is. That's just one example. Other players were also not in the squad.feedback

Uli Hoeness

Costa didn't work out because he was quite a mercenary whose character we didn't like. I always have to laugh when I hear about that. Except Real Madrid, no club has won the Champions League more than once in recent years. And the clubs which spend so much money right now, like Paris or Manchester City, haven't won anything yet.feedback

Mateo Kovacic

It's difficult to compare at the moment. They have the Champions League platform on which to show what they can do.feedback

Juergen Klopp

It's a big influence on the transfer market, especially if we do it more often. If you talk to a player, they really often [mention it] ... especially players we talk to. We don't have to talk to players which are not better than our players because it's difficult to find. If you try to extend a contract with a player, [they might say], Yeah, I want to play Champions League' and I always think 'It's your job to do it with us together, so don't ask that we do a job and you cannot play Champions League.feedback

Juergen Klopp

I know a few people think differently but we do a lot of work and it's not too easy to play 20 players in this or that position ... they really often say if you play Champions League then it's really interesting. The club is great, the manager not too bad, all this stuff. Or even if you try to extend a contract with a player in the squad they say 'Yeah, I want to play Champions League'. I always think 'WTF? It's your job to do it with us together. Don't ask for us to do your job to play Champions' League let's do it together.feedback

Juergen Klopp

It's a big influence on the transfer market, especially if you do it [qualify for the Champions League] more often.feedback

Claude Makelele

If you want to play every four days in the Premier League, FA Cup and the Champions League, he might need to change he much he runs a little. However, Chelsea signed him to play the way that he plays with his running. So that's the problem.feedback

Jordan Henderson

Getting back into the Champions League was our aim and we've done it. Now when we get into the Champions League itself we have got to do ourselves justice and win some games there.feedback

Jordan Henderson

It has been a brilliant night, the atmosphere was brilliant all night and we were brilliant at the start and set the tempo. We let in a couple of goals, so we have still got things to work on, but overall we're delighted to get back into the Champions League - where Liverpool belong.feedback

Juergen Klopp

Moments like this you always find people who say 'it's just Champions League' but we want to be part of it with all we have and I thought the boys played a few pieces of outstanding football.feedback

Unai Emery

But of course, the Champions League is a very important objective to the club. We will closely follow the draw tomorrow.feedback

Unai Emery

The staff, the club and the players are motivated by all the competitions, but especially the Champions League. To the other teams, it is clear that PSG have become a very serious contender.feedback

Lorenzo Insigne

I thank you for the compliments, but I want to keep doing well with this shirt because I always wanted it. Barcelona is the dream for everyone but for now I have the dream of Naples with me. It was a great team performance. Nice caused us a few problems, as they've got a lot of talent, but we didn't lose our heads and remained compact. This was a test of our maturity to see if we were ready for the big stage. I think we already did that last season and again over two legs with Nice, so we deserved our place in the Champions League.feedback

Juergen Klopp

We have to make the next step. The whole of last season we tried to qualify for the Champions League and we got fourth, so, if you like, this is part of last season and we want to close this case in the most positive way. I hope we will show the world what we are able to do.feedback