Guardiola on Primera league chances

“We are behind them (Real Madrid), but it is clear that it is better for us that they draw than win. Six points are fewer than 10, but the difference is still a lot. Madrid have two draws in a row, but it does not mean they will draw the rest of their games.”

“What usually happens is that Madrid win almost all of their matches. That is why the distance is so significant. That is why I said the Liga title was lost. It was a comment purely based on sporting matters.”

“I did not watch Madrid’s game against Villarreal, so I have no opinion about it. When I learned about the draw, I was happier than I would be if they had won, but I slept at night the exact same way. Some of us have families, wives and children. I have watched many of Madrid’s matches, but not this one.”

On next match agains’t Mallorca: “They are going through their best moment in the season. They have a very intense and dynamic team and put a lot of pressure up on the field.”

Wenger on future transfers

“Quantity-wise we will not do a lot. Quality-wise certainly, and we will take a gamble if we find top, top quality of course. The number of the squad is 25. We have many players out on loan and we have not had Jack Wilshere or Abou Diaby for the whole season.”

“These players will be back and that means number and quality wise we are strong because we are now in the position we are in without these players. Last year was terrible for us because we finished on the 31st August at 11.55pm and we do not want to repeat that.”

On Podolski’s rumours: “Nothing is done. No, he has not had a medical. I don’t master the timing because that does not just rely on us. It could happen soon, it could happen later, I don’t know. It is always a concern. The speed in which you do things is important, but at the end of the day it is always the player who makes the decision. It is about how much they want to join you.”

On Premiership position: “Third is better than fourth, but if you have no choice, you take fourth and the opportunity. Let’s see how it goes now. I believe Newcastle are still in the fight, as are Tottenham and Chelsea. Liverpool are maybe too far off, but you never know.”

Nasri: We’re going to win Premiership

“After Swansea we could not say anything. We had a really bad game, they played really well, and we were a little bit tired after the trip from Lisbon. But after that we recovered and we talked, and said a few things, that we came here to win titles.”

“We said that we need to be focused because the 10 games that are left are 10 Champions League finals and we want to win them. Since then we have shown great character against Sporting and now against Chelsea.”

“There will always be someone there to criticise. Not everyone can like City – there will be some who will say we were weak on Wednesday night. But inside the club we believe that we can achieve something together, and that is most important.”

“I am not nervous. I play football to play in this type of game – since I was a kid. I love football, and on Wednesday, when you see the atmosphere, the crowd, and the football both teams played – everyone wants to play in this kind of game.”

“You have to do something special in this kind of game. Sometimes a player can have pressure, and when a team is winning they try to defend. Then it needs something to open the game.”

“Carlos did it with his assist when I scored, and Sergio did it with the penalty. You need that in this type of game, otherwise you will not win it – the goals will not fall from the sky.”

Gervinho: My best is yet to come

“I am happy about my first season but I know I can do better. I have scored and given assists but I also created a few chances that I missed. If I had been more efficient, it would have been even better.”

“I need to work hard at training to become more clinical in front of goal. I’m not worried though. People say that the second season is always better for a foreign player but I don’t think it will be much easier. Every game is tough for me because the level of competition is so high in the Premier League, and every time you have to be at your best.”

Rossi going back to Italy?

Agent of Giuseppe Rossi: “Lavezzi going to England and Rossi to Napoli? I cannot confirm, but it is a possibility that Lavezzi might leave Napoli. I cannot rule out Rossi joining Napoli. After five years at Villarreal, I think that all parties are more susceptible to listening to the offers that arrive. We will see, but one thing is clear: Villarreal are open to selling Rossi, and the player is ready to leave the club.”


“Giuseppe has never hidden the fact that he dreams of playing for a top club. We consider Inter to be a top top club, but he would like to play in the Champions League. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean he would turn down Inter even if they don’t qualify.”


“It has unfortunately been a negative season for Giuseppe so far due to the knee injury. At the moment, he is solely focusing on recovering, and he might still play some Liga games this term.”