Neymar, the bandit – the best phrases of the week

At the World Cup, there is not only kicking, fouling and combining, but also a lot of talking. We have listened.

Neymar, football star but also a bandit after his club coach Mauricio Pochettino.

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The World Cup in Qatar is special in many ways, extraordinary and maybe not as beautiful as previous tournaments. What remains: As at every final round, the time has come for football philosophers, self-proclaimed and real experts and phrasemongers. Today with Breel Embolo, Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Müller.

Brazil’s Dani Alves, Psychic, on Football:

“The most important thing is the foot.”

Christoph Kramer, zoo keeper, on the dispute with FIFA over the “One Love” captain’s armband:

«monkey theater!»

Alejandro Gómez, Globetrotter, on Argentina’s starting position after losing to Saudi Arabia:

“The most difficult paths lead to the most beautiful destinations.”

Thomas Müller, vegan, after the 1:2 against Japan:

“Now we have the trouble.”

Lothar Matthäus, doomsayer, about the start of the German World Cup:

“So we’re eliminated!”

Breel Embolo, cartographer, forward or not:

“At some point you have to know what your exact position is.”

Kasper Hjulmand, geneticist, about Christian Eriksen:

“I would like to clone him.”

Mauricio Pochettino, Sheriff, on Neymar, whose coach he is at Paris Saint-Germain:

‘He’s irresponsible by nature! A bandit!»

Carlos Soler, Master Proper, on order in the wardrobe:

“We cleaned up the cabin. Not quite like the Japanese. Nearly.”

Fabian Rieder, infidel, to the Swiss athletics coach who informed him of his substitution in the Cameroon game:

“Are you serious or are you joking?”

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