- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LONDON (AP) - Mark Rodden, Eurosport, France

“Much like Liverpool, Atletico Madrid is showing little fear in clearing every hurdle that is put before them. After another perfect week, the idea that Diego Simeone’s side could win both La Liga and the Champions League this season is not that far-fetched.”


Tito Puccetti, ESPN, Argentina

“Raheem Sterling put his full speed to the service of Liverpool, causing them to win one of the biggest games of the season.”


Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

“While Napoli haven’t lived up to their Serie A form of last season, (Gonzalo) Higuain has held up his end of the bargain with some timely goals, including a weekend hat trick against Lazio.”


Cedric Rouquette, Eurosport, France

“He is currently leading Liverpool to the title. And (Philippe) Coutinho did not merely lead the game to face (Manchester) City. He scored the decisive goal.”


Federico Giammeria, La Voz, Argentina

“They played to live, as they say. This is demonstrated by (Diego) Simeone, with his Atletico Madrid. An intense life, an intense team.”


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

“It’s a rhetorical question, and obviously not many players ever get the chance, but (Marco) Reus scored against both Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the same week. How many people can say that?”


Chris Tait, The Herland, Scotland

“The Liverpool players gathered round for a quiet word after the win over Manchester City. Whisper it, but it is a result which might have won the Anfield side the league title.”


Richard Jolly, ESPN, England

“These are heady days at Anfield. Liverpool have thrust themselves from outsiders in the title race to favorites with a run of 10 straight wins. The perfect tenth, secured against Manchester City on Sunday, was a triumph of will and skill.”


Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“It’s been an amazing week for Demba Ba. From zero to hero in a few days. He made the headlines by scoring two decisive goals: the first one was vital to make Chelsea progress to the Champions League semifinals as it destroyed PSG’s European dreams; and the second kept the Blues going in the race for the Premier League.”


Manos Staramopoulos, Eleftheros Typos, Greece

Liverpool may now be prepared to return to the throne of England champions after 24 years, after the latest triumph (against Manchester City).”


Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, England

“Internazionale and Mauro Icardi won the ‘Wanda Derby’ against Sampdoria and Maxi Lopez, sealing a comfortable 4-0 scoreline on the back of an Icardi brace and a scintillating showing from Samir Handanovic.”


Orfeo Suarez, El Mundo, Spain

“Many supporters from Atletico de Madrid say: ‘Yes, we can.’ After a great week with its victories over Barcelona and Getafe, Atletico arrives in the semifinal of the Champions League after 40 years, and is closer to the title in La Liga.”


Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England

“What a weekend for Liverpool. The raw emotion at Anfield on Sunday was quite astonishing, as were the scenes after Brendan Rodgers’ team beat Manchester City 3-2 in a quite pulsating game. Steven Gerrard shed tears and we could expect many more over the next few weeks.”

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