- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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

Paolo Condo, Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy

“The best team in Europe was, of course, Atletico Madrid. I’m very proud of my Diego Simeone choice in the Golden Ball contest, while Chelsea made an important step to the title (in England).”

Manos Staramopoulos, Dimocratia, Greece

“Simeone was an important midfielder, but has now developed into a great coach. Having an excellent read of his great rival, Real, he managed to lead the team of Atletico Madrid in an impressive 4-0 success.”

Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland

“Atletico have become the neighborhood bullies in Madrid. Real continue to lead in the league but they have been made to give up their lunch money on each of the six occasions they have come up against their city rivals.”

Mike McGrath, The Sun, England

“Harry Kane is fast becoming one the stories of the season for his performances in the Premier League. It is now time for England manager Roy Hodgson to call him up before Republic of Ireland do.”

Tito Puccetti, ESPN, Argentina

“It is surprising Real Madrid were reduced to its simplest since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti.”

Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

“Kane is the man of the moment in England, with a double against Arsenal further proving his quality and his ability to produce in matches that matter.”

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

“Barcelona may be in second in La Liga, but based on recent results, they’re the top team there. Some teams that were dominant earlier - Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich - haven’t been quite that lately.”

Ubiratan Leal, trivela.com, Brazil

“Atletico seems to have Real Madrid’s number. It is incredible how Simeone’s hard-fought football style matches this season’s Real. And it has been that way in almost all of the Madrid derbies this season.”

Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“Mario Mandzukic did a terrific job for Atletico Madrid as they outgunned Real in an unforgettable Spanish capital derby. Atletico was full of quality, and Mandzukic was one of the main factors to make things happen the way Simeone wanted, by scoring a goal and providing two vital assists.”

Federico Giammaria, La Voz, Argentina

“Simeone should make an appeal to FIFA: How was he not chosen as the best coach of the year?”

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