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They Said It

QUOTES OF WEEK
By Mark Gleeson

“You know in football there are three results. Either you lose, win or draw. But actually I trust my players. We know that playing at home during the opening game was going to be a little stressful, with some psychological pressure that was actually weighing down on the players and I think that they had to react”

Cameroon coach Toni Conceicao after his team won the opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament on Sunday.

“We needed more drive and hunger to win at any cost. We needed much more. I am really disappointed with the performance. Not with the attitude, but how much purpose we have and what determination we showed to change the game when it’s difficult. It is frustrating but it happened and we have to analyse why.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta called on his players to apologise to fans after they crashed out of the FA Cup at Nottingham Forest, but many will question if it’s a case of a bad workman continuing blame his tools.

 

“The next five games are massive, not just for me but for the club. They're absolutely massive. For me, they're even bigger because, obviously, you know, in African football, it's, it's a results-based job, and if I'm not getting the results, then, you know, I'll be like Brandon (Truter), and management will have to look for another answer.”

New Swallows FC coach Dylan Kerr on what lies in wait when the DStv Premiership resumes next month.

"We did very well for 70 minutes, but after that it was a psychological collapse. When you're in trouble you're supposed to get back up and show what you are made of, but there are people in the changing room here who are a bit too nice, a bit too weak."

Jose Mourinho after his Roma side surrendered a 3-1 lead and conceded three goals in just seven minutes in their 4-3 loss to Juventus on Sunday.

“When we started, we had a lot of sceptics who thought we were maybe not serious and we were just taking a chance. Little did they know some of us had this burning desire to be part of a great thing. Great in the sense we wanted it to be something SA people could be proud of. I must say I’m feeling very vindicated. There were those who said we wouldn’t even last one season. The reason we succeeded is because we understood this was an enormous challenge and it required our 110% commitment, which meant we had to invest our whole lives in this beautiful brand.”

Kaizer Chiefs owner Kaizer Motaung on his club’s 52nd birthday.