Platt: Mancini was furious

The assistant of Manchester City’s coach Roberto Mancini came instead of him for the press after the match agains’t Stoke City: “He is worried he might say something that might get him in hot water.”

“He was just a bit hot afterwards and once he calms down, he will be fine. You know how these things go: if he comes in and something goes out of the way or gets lost in translation.”

On question did Mancini refused to shake hands after the match with Stoke City manager, Tony Pulis, Platt said: “I don’t know.”

“There is a long way to go and there will be more twists and turns along the way, for certain. We will follow our own road as we have been doing all season and win as many games as we possibly can between now and the last match.”

“Our destiny is still well within our own hands, which is all you can ask for at this stage. The lads are positive and we move on to the next game, now.”

Stankovic ahead of clash

“Let’s put the game on the scales and see what Juventus could win or lose and what Inter could win or lose. At the moment, the team with the most to lose is Juve because they are fighting for the Scudetto and the pressure will certainly be on them. ”

“They are playing well, they’re in the Coppa Italia final, but the Derby d’Italia always carries its own weight. And remember, Inter are the only Italian team to have won the treble.”

“Inter are looking to bounce back and get things back on track yet again. We want to win; we’re going to Turin to win the game and it won’t be easy. But I think Inter will play with a little less pressure on them.”

Stankovic is still looking for his first goal in Serie A, on question is this the match: “When I was a kid, I was told that great games are meant for great players. So, we’ll see … It would certainly be nice because I’ve never ended a season without scoring a single goal.”

Welbeck: I was snubbed by City

“My Dad didn’t tell me at the time, it was just before Christmas and he didn’t want to break any bad news. It wouldn’t have mattered though. I am one of those people that if you are going to say something, just say it. I take it on the chin.”

“Straight after Christmas I played in a tournament for my local side, Fletcher Moss, and that’s where United picked me up. I went for a trial and have never looked back since. I was always a Red anyway.”

On Rooney: “He is a Scouser, I am a Manc, but we are good friends. We are always messing about and joking off the field, while on the pitch we just seem to work really well together. We kind of understand each other’s games. Obviously, partnering Wayne Rooney up front is a big honour and I’d hope he would say the same thing!”

On Fulham (next match in Premiership): “We have been in the situation a few times this season where teams just want to sit back at Old Trafford and try and get us on the counter-attack.”

“I think you have to keep playing your normal game, be patient and probe the openings by knocking the ball around. You can’t get too impatient, that is what they want. You can’t let them get into your head.”

Wenger: We need to continue winning

“Champions League football is not guaranteed, but we can do it if we keep our performances at that level. We have gone through difficult times, we have learnt that nothing is guaranteed and that we have to keep humility and focus to finish the season in a strong and convincing way.”

“I didn’t expect (to be in 3. place) because it did not only depend on us. We needed our results and results in our favour from our opponents and in the last month it has turned our way so we have to make sure that we keep the momentum.”

“We look to be a team that is on the up so that is a positive. I felt it was a very dynamic, fluent performance in the first half with technical quality and it was a controlled one in the second half.”

“We controlled the game and managed not to concede a goal, our fatigue maybe set it because we had to give a lot at Everton on Wednesday night. Koscielny has tendinitis in his knee. I don’t know what position he woke up in, but he couldn’t walk properly. He tried in the warm up and couldn’t play. We called somebody up and straight away after the first run he said he couldn’t even move it was so bad.”

“Overall I’m very happy, very please, because we managed to score goals and not concede goals and we have consistency at the moment. I feel we have gained a lot our confidence in our play out from the back and that makes a massive difference, when you have the security to play out the ball it allows the team to be much more confident.”

“What people forget is when you play at home and you have the ambition we have, you need full-backs that go forward and we played for a long time without the centre-backs and full-backs, it kills your offensive drive and we went through the middle and relied on Van Persie.”

“We have more variation now in our build-up again, therefore we are more dangerous. Walcott scored a great goal, have to give him credit. I would like to give credit to the pass of Song. You will not see many defensive midfielders make as many assists as him, if you look at Song this season, you will see that his numbers are top in Europe.”

Luis Enrique on result agains’t AC Milan

“There are no particular problems to report, I have nothing to scrutinise about the team. It was a good game. In the second half, Ibrahimovic was decisive, but we played to the maximum of our capabilities. I think our two central defenders played very well as Ibrahimovic is very difficult to mark. I’m not 100% happy about our first half display because we could have done better in terms of keeping possession.”

“After the break, however, we played better. Our goal came when we were on top. We were close to getting a positive result, but these games are decided by small details, so we still have to improve from this point of view. We must also not forget that we played the league champions and league leaders.”