AP Global Soccer 10 Quotebox


LONDON (AP) -Will Tidey, Bleacher Report, United States

"Neymar's hat trick at Cruzeiro oozed class, especially his second which was rolled through the legs of a defender and into the bottom corner. Diego Milito scored twice for Inter as they ended Juve's long unbeaten run in Serie. Brendan Rodgers hailed Suarez as Liverpool's answer to Lionel Messi on Sunday. Right now, Suarez is carrying his team like a man possessed. A typically dominant victory for Barca against Celta Vigo maintained their unbeaten start to the La Liga season. Inter made it seven Serie A wins in a row with their impressive victory at Juventus. Last week's blip for Bayern Munich was forgotten with a 3-0 win at Hamburg, which followed a 4-0 battering of Kaiserslautern in midweek."

Mike McGrath, Wardles news agency/The Sun, England.

"Inter Milan's result stood out for me not only for ending Juventus' 49-match unbeaten run but also because they came from a goal behind after a minute. That showed real character and could have a bearing on the Italian title. Neymar took his hat trick well for Santos and his celebrations stood out as well."

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States.

"Thank goodness for Barcelona. If not for them, who would go atop the rankings? With so many losses below them, there was almost an urge to leave the No. 2 spot blank and skip right to No. 3. I'm going with Bayern Munich at No. 2. The Bundesliga season could be over by February. Inter's win over Juventus may not provide much clarity in sorting out the top Italian teams, but I jumped Inter up from 9 to 6 on my ballot ... out of respect for a team doing something no one had ever done, namely beating Juventus in its home stadium.

Having fought off the urge to put Messi on the list for becoming a father, Suarez's tying goal for Liverpool earns him honors, which otherwise would have gone to Neymar in Brazil for his three-goal, one-assist game against Cruzeiro which was so good that even Cruzeiro fans were cheering for him.

Paolo Condo, Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy.

"Inter was able to interrupt a line of 49 wins or draws of Juventus. Now the former European champions could participate in the Scudetto contest. Barcelona completed the best Liga start in the history of the club. Neymar scored three goals and at the end of the match opponents' fans chanted his name. "I'll never forget this night" said Neymar. After him I really appreciated the fine goal of Thomas Muller, the coolness of Diego Milito and an emerging master of the midfield, Swansea's Ki Sung Yeung."

Shintaro Kano, Kyodo news Agency, Japan.

"I've given 20-year-old Japanese midfielder Gaku Shibasaki a mention at 10th place after he scored both goals in Kashima Antlers' 2-1 victory in the J-League Cup final at the weekend. His coach Jorginho, the 1994 World Cup winner with Brazil, says he's a rare talent and offers from Europe should start flooding in in the near future."

Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England.

"Two goals to end Juventus' unbeaten run means that Diego Milito deserves the crown of best player this week. Strikers win matches and Luis Suarez, Neymar and Roberto Soldado all proved their credentials once again. The most impressive result of the weekend by quite some distance was Inter Milan's 3-1 victory at Juventus. That ended the Old Lady's unbeaten run on 49 and was the cause for rightful celebration at the San Siro.

Yet rather more surprising was Saint-Etienne's victory at Paris Saint-Germain, complete with a red card for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. LA Galaxy and Velez Sarsfield underlined their title credentials with fine wins."

James Porteous, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong.

"Remarkably, none of Messi, Ronaldo or Falcao scored at the weekend, apparently the first time that has happened in over a year. Most notable result of the weekend was Inter ending Juve's unbeaten run at the home of their great rivals in the Derby d'Italia, leaving the Turin side one short of a half-century of games without losing. For that reason I've picked two-goal Diego Milito as player of the week and Inter as the top team. Neymar comes in second for scoring a hat trick and setting up the other goal in a 4-0 win over an admittedly poor Cruzeiro, while Bayern and Franck Ribery were very impressive in beating Hamburg."

Federico Giammaria, La Voz, Argentina

"The Argentine forward (Milito) scored three goals in two key matches against Juventus and Sampdoria. A forward who has recovered his aura and promises to be vital for Inter to be successful in the league. The vote for Neymar: He's just unstoppable at the moment, with a hat trick and an assist in a 4-0 win over Cruzeiro. Can't wait until he comes to Europe.

The vote for Barcelona: there weren't any goals from Messi, who must still be focused on his paternal duties. But with an extraordinary performance from Iniesta, complemented by Fabregas and Villa, the team beat Celta and marked the best league start in history (28 points from a total of 30)."

Cedric Rouquette, Eurosport, France.

"Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Falcao have been "normal" this weekend. The star of global football in waiting, Neymar, took advantage to remind everyone about him with a magnificent hat trick which makes us want to see him in action in Europe. My votes show appreciation of Totti's exceptional performance for Roma, Ribery's constant impact on Bayern's play and Milito's big comeback."

Aurelio Capaldo, Rai Sport, Italy.

"Inter Milan were capable of breaking Juventus' 49-game unbeaten record with an intelligent performance which allowed them to recover from the initial shock (Arturo Vidal's goal after 18 seconds which was given despite being offside). Inter were tactically brilliant, always kept faith in their game-plan with 3 strikers and clearly deserved to win. Diego Milito played a major role in Inter Milan's victory at Juventus Stadium. He scored twice, was generous and made things happen with his outstanding offensive weapons. Impeccable performance."

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