Who said what at the World Cup

2014-07-15 00:00

“It’s unbelievable what we have achieved. Whether we have the best individual player doesn’t matter at all, you just need to have the best team.”

Germany captain Philipp Lahm after the 1-0 final win over Argentina.

“When there are chances in a game that is so evenly balanced you have to take them. We lacked a bit of efficiency.”

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella after Sunday’s final loss.

“We are not falling apart.”

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque after the champions’ elimination.

“Do people really need to watch us without our underpants?”

Croatia international Ivica Olic slamming local media for publishing photos of team-mates swimming naked.

“Apparently drones are used more and more. We don’t want intrusion into our privacy. It’s hard to fight.”

France coach Didier Deschamps on hi-tech spying at the World Cup.

“They took away my dream of playing in a World Cup final, but the dream of being world champion has not ended.”

Brazil poster boy Neymar, after his injury in the quarter-final against Colombia, but before Brazil’s 7-1 mauling by Germany.

“He’s the water in the desert. He finds solutions when we think there aren’t any.”

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella on what his captain and four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi brings to the team.

“I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like that.”

Luis Suarez, after taking on the role of the World Cup’s villain by biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, promising to keep his gnashers for eating in future.

“It is a success of the country, of this game.”

A relieved Fifa president Sepp Blatter after fears of widespread protests at the cost of hosting the feast of football failed to materialise.

“I think it was the worst day of my life, but life goes on.”

Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari after the hosts’ stunning cricket-score semi-final loss to Germany.

“The ‘Maracanazo’ has become a small matter, literally a thing of the past.”

Brazil daily Lance suggesting Brazil’s traumatic loss to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup paled into insignificance beside the Germany rout.

“I believe he’s the best player at the World Cup.”

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has high praise for Colombia’s young star striker James Rodriguez, author of six goals.

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