- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

LONDON (AP) - Mark Rodden, Eurosport, France

“Borussia Dortmund looked set to cede second place to rivals Schalke when it trailed 2-0 at Stuttgart. Marco Reus picked the perfect time to score his third Bundesliga hat trick to ensure Juergen Klopp’s side remain on course for the Champions League next season.”

Sam Tighe, Bleacher report, United States

“Faouzi Ghoulam put in his best performance since joining Napoli in January, excelling equally in defensive and attacking measures. He was a surprise buy by Rafa Benitez to fill the left-back void, but he’s playing consistently well.”

Cedric Rouquette, Eurosport, France

“He might be attracted by the smell of the quarterfinals of the Champions League, but (Gareth Bale) the Welshman enters the part of the season that will justify the amount of his transfer. It looks like he realizes it.”

Orfeo Suarez, El Mundo, Spain

“Atletico Madrid continues at the top after winning in San Mames, where Barca and Real could not this season. ‘Match by match’, said Simeone when anybody asked about the possibility to win the Liga after years in the hands of the two economic empires: Barca and Real.”

Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland

“Given that for so long La Liga was considered to be a two-horse race there is something quite thrilling about the sight of a third pawing at the ground. Atletico are ahead by a nose in the table but are they strong enough to go the distance?”

Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“Thibaut Courtois is not mentioned as often as Diego Costa but his brilliant performances are a key element in Atletico Madrid’s amazing season. The Belgian goalkeeper played a major role in Atletico’s vital victory in Bilbao and is proving one of the best in the world.”

Manos Staramopoulos, Eleftheros Typos, Greece

“The Brazilian, Kaka, at 33 years-old, appears to be quite strong. He scored two nice goals and led AC Milan to a 3-1 victory over Chievo.”

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

“Bayern Munich clinching the Bundesliga title with so much time to go is going to cause a problem. The Champions League is all that matters for them now.”

Marco Monteverde, News Corp Australia

“Rafa Benitez’s men (Napoli) not only won twice during the week, they beat runaway Serie A leaders Juventus in an impressive display at the Stadio San Paolo.”

Tito Puccetti, ESPN, Argentina

“Today it is no exaggeration to say that Suarez is at the height of Cristiano Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi. At least in numbers at this level.”

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