- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

LONDON (AP) - Quotes from voters in this week’s Associated Press Global Football 10:


Leonardo Bertozzi, ESPN, Brazil

“Since the emergence of the news about his difficult relationship with Luis Enrique (the Barcelona coach), Lionel Messi has made a point of showing that it will not affect his performance on the field.”

Mike McGrath, The Sun, England

“Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal produced the team performance of the week to win at the Premier League champions (Manchester City).”

Manos Staramopoulos, Dimocratia, Greece

“The most important victory in Europe was by Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, which prevailed in Manchester 2-0 against ambitious City.”

Federico Giammaria, La Voz, Argentina

“The return dreamed by (Fernando) Torres, who proves once again that, despite the years, his quality as a scorer is intact (by scoring twice).”

Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“Oscar is a fantastic talent and is showing his real potential under Jose Mourinho’s influence. He scored a double at Swansea and was vital for Chelsea’s brilliant performance against Garry Monk’s team.”

Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland

“Juventus scored 10 goals last week, affording them pride of place in Serie A. With Paul Pogba in demand across Europe and Carlos Tevez on form, the Old Lady has started to flutter her eyelashes.”

Marco Monteverde, News Corp., Australia

“The little magician (Lionel Messi) tore the heart out of Deportivo La Coruna with a phenomenal display.”

Ubiratan Leal, trivlea.com, Brazil

“Winning against top teams has been Arsenal’s biggest challenge in past seasons. Wenger’s side urgently needed a victory like the 2-0 away over Manchester City.”

Soren-Mikael Hansen, Politiken, Denmark

“Both Barcelona and Chelsea delivered entertaining performances, but with the opposition taken into consideration, Arsenal stood as team of the week.”

James Porteous, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

“Chelsea played the best 45 minutes of any team in the Premier League this season in the first half against Swansea, though player of the week has to go to Messi yet again for yet another hat trick.”

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States

“A Messi hat trick? It’s amazing how normal that seems. It’s another week where a lot of big names had big games.”



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