From Vladimir Petkovic's New Year's Resolution to Diego Maradona's moral code and the Dexter of defenders, Susy Campanale has the week's oddest quotes.
“Vladimir Petkovic’s thoughts at this moment are to wish the club, the players and the passionate fans a magnificent 2014 – together.”
Lawyer Paco D’Onofrio knows that’s even less reliable than most New Year’s resolutions
“I say Mauro Icardi is a traitor. He goes to Maxi Lopez’s house, plays like he’s his friend and then steals his wife. In my day you know what we would’ve done to someone like that? We’d have put him in the middle of a circle and taken turns to beat him up.”
As everyone knows, Diego Maradona is all about the moral code of conduct both on and off the field
“I can be certain this is my last Christmas at Milan, but I got there despite many people doubting I’d manage that.”
Massimiliano Allegri has his panettone and eats it too
“I liked the idea of staying and finishing the job, but four years in one club is a long time.”
It is in Italy, Allegri
“In Italy there are 60 million tacticians and if I get the line-up wrong, they will all pile up on me. If I get it right, they’ll all jump on the bandwagon. I’ll accept that, even if it might get a bit crowded.”
Either way, Cesare Prandelli is getting squished
“Let’s rule out the idea of being the best, the most handsome and the most talented. We’re not.”
Prandelli could’ve just been talking to Mario Balotelli, who firmly believes he is all three
“Now I'll be able to go to the stadium and just be a fan. During the game you forget what you are in that moment. Certain TV shots have caught me doing things that aren’t exactly becoming of a President.”
We shudder to think what Massimo Moratti will say and do when really letting loose...
“I trained as a striker when I was a kid and every Sunday my father placed me in front of the goal to train me and my cousins on specific exercises. He prepared me to be a hitman. Who would’ve thought I would go on to become a defender? I didn’t!”
Mehdi Benatia knows that to stop a striker, you have to think like one – he’s basically the Dexter of defenders
“A Coach is like a tailor, he has to adapt his ideas to the players at his disposal.”
Suits you, Antonio Conte!
“The wedding is set for May, but the national side would not have left for Brazil yet. Last year I moved the date because of the European Under-21 Championship, who knows if I will have to move it for the World Cup… If it goes badly this time then I’ll look at 2018 as I’m still young.”
If he keeps putting off the wedding, Ciro Immobile might have to wait until 2018 until his fiancée forgives him!