- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mark Rodden, Eurosport, France

“Atletico Madrid produced another gritty and skilful display to kill off Chelsea’s hopes of winning a third European trophy in as many seasons.”

Ubiratan Leal, trivela.com, Brazil

“Both Valencian teams deserve consideration. They gave new life to the Spanish League. You might consider that Valencia’s achievement cancelled Levante’s one, but they show that Atletico and Real Madrid are not perfect and it is possible to imagine upsets in the league’s last two rounds.”

Richard Jolly, ESPN, England

“First came the statistics then the style from Cristiano Ronaldo. The World Player of the Year’s double in Munich established a new record of 16 Champions League goals in a season. Then came his extraordinary, spectacular equalizer against Valencia.”

Chris Tait, The Herlad, Scotland

“Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 16 goals in this season’s Champions League, his 51st for Real Madrid in all European competitions and has 54 goals for this campaign overall. The statistics continue to pile up … and a second European Cup and La Liga title might still be tossed on top.”

Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“Real Madrid couldn’t make the most of their home game against Valencia though Ronaldo’s equalizer in the injury-time was simply wonderful. But the way they destroyed Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal was amazing.”

Leonardo Bertozzi, ESPN, Brazil

“A title that seemed lost now seems gained. With a 3-2 win over Everton, Manchester City know not to falter at home against Aston Villa and West Ham, and the title will belong to them.”

Manos Staramopoulos, Eleftheros Typos, Greece

“At 21 years old, Ross Barkley shows that he is ready to get the baptism of fire in the World Cup in Brazil. The Everton midfielder scored a great goal against Manchester City showing that it’s time to trust him in the England squad.”

Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, United States

“Valencia were a joy to watch at the Bernabeu, sitting deep in defense and unleashing brutal counters to confound Real Madrid on Sunday night. Dani Parejo stole the show with a goal and an assist, but as a team they impressed immensely.”

Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

“The (Real) Madrid side’s thrashing of Bayern Munich in the Champions League was superb.”

Alejandro Cisternas, El Mercurio, Chile

“Two goals from Edin Dzeko have put Manchester City close to the title. It has been a great season for him after a difficult year under Mancini’s tenure.”

Soren-Mikael Hansen, Politken, Denmark

“Despite disappointments in the national league, top teams of the week must be the Champions League finalists from Madrid on top of impressive performances away. Individually, players from smaller teams contributed to surprising results.”

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