World of Sport

Quotes of the week: “The players are heroes, they are heroes to me”

Neil Lennon with his players

"The players are heroes, they are heroes to me, I can't speak highly enough of their performance tonight and they will go down in the history books of the club as the team who beat probably the best team in the world. Everyone goes on about tactics but football is about players and they have covered themselves in glory tonight," Neil Lennon gives all the praise to his players after Celtic's famous Champions League win over Barcelona.

"The Celtic fans are very special and the club and players can be very proud of them" Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta gives his thoughts on the Celtic Park atmosphere.

"Torres still fails to convince as the apex of the Chelsea attack and given that Mata, Oscar and Hazard now lurk in the space behind him, that is borderline unforgivable for a player who has now spent almost two years at the club. Asking Torres to lead the line for this Chelsea team is like arming a Ninja with a baguette." Eurosport Yahoo!'s Tom Adams gives his thoughts on the current Chelsea line-up.

"(It's the) day to say goodbye to Angola but only for football because Angola will be a home forever. This was a positive year in my career and although we came fourth in the Angolan Girabola league, I was the third best scorer," well at least Brazilian star Rivaldo's stats were decent during a rather odd spell in the Angolan League.

"I'm overcome, it makes me want to cry," Neymar gives his reaction to getting a standing ovation from the opposition supporters after a hat-trick for Santos against Cruziero.

"He (Ibrahimovic) uses his abilities to help the others and that is why he is a fantastic player. That's the difference between a great player and a champion. He is a champion, he is a fantastic leader." - Carlo Ancelotti has nothing but praise for Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the striker picked up a ridiculous four assists in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.

"It is an absolute disgrace.  They are the two most prominent players and neither of them play for us any more. This is a season where they have put up the price of season tickets and sold our best players, but they can't afford to reprint this. My son was supposed to be excited about his and instead he's asking why Van Persie is on the front," Arsenal fan Elliott Gerner was left fuming at what his £20-a-year fan club membership for son Noah had bought.

"I'd like to apologise to supporters who felt aggrieved by it. Did I think it would cause such a commotion? Of course I didn't, otherwise I would have told Robin to exchange the shirts away from public view." - Andre Santos is forced to say sorry for swapping shirts with his former team-mate Robin van Persie at half time.

"I can't believe that it took three weeks to make a decision. To be honest, it could have been made in a couple of days. I certainly would have had the decision made long ago. I understand Craig was on holiday for a week, but that's only one week out of three. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out how much he was getting and what was the balance of his contract. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out, had he stayed, what the SFA would have lost in revenue from three home matches because the morale of the supporters is rock bottom and I could not see a full Hampden Park had he carried on." Former SFA president George Peat was less than impressed with how Craig Levein's sacking as Scotland manager was dealt with.

"Without the support of the fans there is, as we issue this note, a real risk that Heart of Midlothian could possibly play its last game on Saturday 17 November against St Mirren. This isn't a bluff, this isn't scaremongering, this is reality." Scottish Premier League club Hearts are pleading for "emergency backing" from every supporter after being issued with a winding-up order over a tax bill for almost £450,000.

"Shooting the calendar was lots of fun and myself and the other boys were happy to help out, It's a great feeling to do something to help other people and I hope sales of the calendar raise a good amount for the charity," Tim Howard says he was happy to get his kit off for Everton's charity calendar '12 Shades Of Blue' — any excuse to show off those tats eh Tim?

Tim Howard (l), clothed Everton players (c) and Phil Neville's abs (r)

"Why? Why, for which reason? Why do you continue to ask me, `Last year you had a chance to go'? I stay here because my work is here. I worked for two years. I built with the chairman and the owner, this team. We won three trophies in two years. For 50 years we didn't win. Never." One journalist can expect a ban from Man City press conferences after asking Roberto Mancini about reports he talked to Monaco about their managerial job last season.

"I continued to pray about it and think about it, and I just did not have any peace about it. I knew I needed to do the right thing. I knew it was going to be disqualification," golfer Blayne Barber's conscience gets the better of him as he disqualifies himself from a golf tournament for touching a leaf.

"I'm so excited. I'm really happy to become the youngest player at the Masters and looking forward to going there. I don't know what's going to happen there, but I know I just want to do well," 14-year old Guan Tianlang gives his thoughts after amazingly qualifying for the US Masters.

"The punch came out of the blue. There was blood everywhere. He was just acting the tough guy and showing off and making himself the hero, but he isn't a hero at all," Truckdriver 'Dimitrios P' talks about being punched by skydiving sensation Felix Baumgartner.

"I've known Ronnie since he was 12 and I'd like to see him back to the bubbly character he used to be. He needs total time away from the game, It's a good decision he's made. He's got a lot of issues to deal with and he's not particularly well. It's a sensible, mature call to say, 'I can't just play at it'. It just piles up on you, and it probably feels like it's a release." World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn will be out of pocket without Ronnie O'Sullivan but refuses to criticise 'The Rocket's' decision to take a break from the game.

"As far as the players' schedule, it's incredibly convenient and it's worked very well I think the last few years. They get very good crowds. It's a fun arena to play in. Because of the way the schedule is, you can't really have it anywhere else. I think it works well just now," Andy Murray backs the decision to keep the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena.

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"I think he was pretty fortunate with safety cars and the general demolition derby that was going on. He didn't have to overtake as many of the quicker cars as he should have, as they were already taken out," McLaren chief Martin Whitmarsh was not as impressed as Sebastien Vettel's stunning drive in Abu Dhabi as some - do you agree?

"He was crying the whole night and was in a state of shock. But this match against England was a big opportunity for him. His father was keen to see him bowl against England. So he did what his father would have wanted him to do." Javhed Khan's long-time coach Raju Pathak explains why the young Mumbai bowler skipped his father's funeral to play against England.

"When you watch the boys you just want to be out there - it's very frustrating. That's why you play: you just want to be on the pitch. You don't want to be a guy who trains Monday to Friday and doesn't get the reward of playing on the Saturday. It's been hard at times but I've always had the belief that I'm good enough to get there. It's always special to play at Twickenham - when you've had a taste of something you are hungry to experience it again, especially after a couple of years," Ugo Monye tells Eurosport about his excitement about getting back into the England rugby set-up.

"I can't believe it. Of all the people to hit, bloody Bradley Wiggins," a female van driver admits her shock after crashing into cycling hero Bradley Wiggins.

"During the 1950s and 1960s, Carmen was everyone's hero," Executive director of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Edward Brophy, gives his reaction to the death of Sugar Ray Robinson's old nemesis Carmine Basilio.