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“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.

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