They Said It

Tue 8 Jun by Mark Gleeson


"Firstly, what a good game to finish the season, we played with the right mentality today. The same mentality we've had throughout the season, so kudos to an exceptional group of players, they've done absolutely incredible things this season. We've changed a little bit the way we play, they've bought into the concepts and it’s great to see and the support we've received from the president, the board, the fans, it's been incredible.”

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena after concluding the PSL campaign with a 3-0 thumping of Cape Town City.


"We all know that Barcelona are the best club in the world. I think I made a great decision to be here and of course it is a step forward in my career. I am really happy and hopefully I can help the team to win things."

Sergio Aguero in his new home after a decade of triumphs with Manchester City.


"Thomas is a phenomenon for me. He doesn't always get everything right in the game, but he brings you significantly more moments of joy as a coach than moments when you're upset about him. For example when he goes out to the corner when he shouldn't, loses the ball and a counterattack emerges. Sometimes I almost have to laugh and have the feeling that he does this on purpose to annoy me a little and get the adrenaline going."

Departing Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick on Thomas Muller being recalled by Germany for Euro 2020.


"You do always compare yourself with the best in your sport, just as the baker compares himself with the best bakers around him. Who makes the best croissant, the best pain au chocolat? I watch matches of other great players to see what they’re doing. I think other players watch me, too. I think that pushes players to raise their game, just as Messi was good for Ronaldo and Ronaldo was good for Messi."

French 2018 World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe.


“I feel like we’re in a better place now than we were then, just because of confidence and experience. Before Russia we were coming off the back of a bad tournament and there was a lot of doom and gloom. I feel like we helped reconnect with the fans and even with the media after that tournament. We’ve had some good results since, some great games. There are young players that have come into the squad, who are playing at the highest level in the Premier League and Champions League.”

Captain Harry Kane on how England have evolved since the World Cup three years ago, where they reached the semi-finals.