- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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

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Manos Staramopoulos, Dimocratia, Greece

“Real Madrid was eye-catching. Though Carlo Ancelotti’s team were behind in the score (against Barcelona), Karim Benzema made miracles. He was everywhere. Defense, center and attack. He helped where there was trouble and scored when he could.”

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Paolo Condo, Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy

“I was very lucky to be in the Stadio Olimpico to see the beautiful performance of Bayern Munich against Roma and then in Madrid to write about the ‘clasico.’ Real (Madrid) and Bayern are top teams, and there were top individual performances from Arjen Robben, Benzema and Isco (Francisco Alarcon).”

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Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland

“Real Madrid’s heavy artillery shot down both Liverpool and Barcelona last week. Their swift, brutal counter-attacks can be a joy to watch, if only for those of us who are not in the line of fire.”

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Tito Puccetti, ESPN, Argentina

“The absence of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid forced it to change its tactical picture, and that 4-4-2 gave it strength to face the big teams. It was much more functional than the 4-3-3 at the start of the season.”

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Cedric Rouquette, Eurosport, France

“Credit Bayern Munich for the incredible 7-1 in Roma more than the goalless draw versus Borussia Moenchengladbach. When the team can be compared to the Germany world champion and winner in Brazil, it means everything.”

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Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

“As ordinary as Guingamp are, Nice midfielder Carlos Eduardo’s five-goal effort in his side’s 7-2 win should not be overlooked when assessing the week’s performance.”

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

“Luiz Adriano scoring five against BATE Borisov (for Shakhtar Donetsk), including two from the spot, couldn’t quite edge out some of the really big stars for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who did their goal-creating against what, it would seem, was better competition.”

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Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“Real Madrid rightly celebrated their formidable strike force but managed to beat Barcelona because Iker Casillas made two important saves during some vital moments of ‘El Clasico.’”

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Mike McGrath, The Sun, England

“It is impossible to look past Real Madrid as the best team performance of the week. They showed their class and character by coming from behind to win against Barcelona.”

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Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, England

“Manchester United held Chelsea against all the odds. Marouane Fellaini nullified Cesc Fabregas, and all of a sudden, the Blues looked … human!”


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