“The fans have the right to be annoyed, we respect that, but they must be conscious of the fact they know nothing about football. I like tennis and basketball, I have played both since I was a kid, and I get angry when my team loses, but I would never offer tactical advice because I have no idea about it. It’s a general problem, fans of every team should understand that.” - Roma defender Aleksandar Kolarov’s response to criticism of the team by the fans. “We have to be ready for the Euros. We need to qualify for the Euros and be one of the candidates to win. That’s our objective.” - Roberto Mancini sets his objectives leading up to and for the European Championships in 2020. “I was afraid I’d have to stop playing football, I was told I’d have to stop for at least three months. I got a check-up every month and this time they told me everything was OK and I could return to training.” - Milan defender Ivan Strinic was diagnosed with cardiac hypertrophy at the beginning of the season and was ordered to spend three months on the sidelines. “I was really, really disappointed with the fact that I'd played a great European Championship and then I was discarded for nothing. Then there were the excuses, but they were all pathetic. Why was I playing 50 games for Roma if I was leading the same life [I was being criticised for]?” - Radja Nainggolan reflects on his disappointment at not being called up for the Belgian national team for the 2018 World Cup and has vowed to never play for Belgium again.