Galliani: Barcelona & Real Madrid from another planet

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani feels it is impossible for the Rossoneri to compete with clubs such as Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The 68-year-old believes the Serie A giants have what it takes to take on any other Italian team, but fears the big guns from Spain are out of their reach at this point.

“Milan can compete with any Italian team in my opinion, but things are different in Europe. Teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid are from another planet,” Galliani was quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport.

The Milan director then went on to discuss the fitness of Alexandre Pato, and revealed that the Brazil international is set to resume match action.

“Pato? He is recovering very well. I expect him to make his comeback pretty soon.”

Milan resume match action on Saturday when they take on Atalanta.

Messi 100 times better than Cristiano Ronaldo, says Amato

River Plate assistant coach Gabi Amato has taken the time to praise Lionel Messi and believes the Barcelona star is on another level than anyone else, including Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo.

Amato, who wore the jerseys of clubs such as Betis and Mallorca during his playing career, feels Ronaldo and Brazilian forward Neymar are great players as well, but insists they are nowhere near the 25-year-old.
“Messi is 100 times better. Cristiano is a great player, but I think that as Maradona said here in Argentina, Messi is different,” Amato stated to Marca.

“As Diego also said, Neymar or Cristiano can be the best players in the world, because Messi is out of this world.

“He’s an incredible player. He doesn’t touch the ball for a few minutes, then he suddenly takes two steps and scores two goals. They’re different, but Lionel’s far better.”

Messi’s netted four goals in three Liga games this term, as well as scoring twice in the Spanish Supercopa.

Cristiano Ronaldo is under a lot of pressure, says Laporta

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has defended Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo in the wake of his claims that he is unhappy at the Liga champions.

The Portugal international has been accused of trying to get himself a new and improved deal by publicly declaring his unhappiness at Madrid, but Laporta feels that the attacker is under a lot of pressure and will not have realised the impact of his revelation.

“Everyone is going over the top on him. We must understand he’s under a lot of pressure and is human, because we all are affected by everything around us,” Laporta was quoted as saying by AS.

“He said something without realising the impact it would make. That’s happened to me as well in the past. The important thing is that he said it because that’s how he feels.

“Cristiano is a great professional. It’s not easy to speak up and say how you feel when you’re clearly under a lot of pressure. It’s up to Madrid to make him happy again in the best way possible.”

The 27-year-old is under contract with Madrid until June 2015.

Arbeloa: Nobody doubts Cristiano Ronaldo's commitment to Real Madrid

Alvaro Arbeloa has stressed that nobody at Real Madrid will doubt Cristiano Ronaldo’s commitment to the club.

The Portugal international recently revealed that he is unhappy with life at the Liga champions, but Arbeloa believes that his comments will not change the fans’ affection for the attacker.

“Nobody is going to doubt his dedication and commitment to Real Madrid. I think that the fans are very grateful to Cristiano for his hard work and for his goals,” the wing-back was quoted as saying by ABC.

“Cristiano must know that Real Madrid’s fans support him. He can’t doubt that because it’s been shown to him day after day. He’s not by himself out there.”

The full-back then went on to praise Jose Mourinho for instilling a winning mentality on the Madrid team.

“Mourinho’s a winner,” he explained.

“That’s what has enabled him to achieve so much in so many countries with different clubs. That’s his main quality. And he knows how to bring that across very well. He’s made winners out of all of us. He’s got an exceptional winning mentality, which is out of the ordinary.

“He’s a coach who, tactically, works a lot with us. He always makes the right decisions, with substitutions, and with anything that has to be changed during a match when things aren’t going well.”

Mourinho has won La Liga, Copa del Rey and Spanish Supercopa with Madrid since his arrival at the club in 2010.

Granero has no regrets at leaving Real Madrid for QPR

QPR midfielder Esteban Granero believes that he made the right choice in leaving Real Madrid and is keen to repay the faith shown in him by his new club.

The highly rated 25-year-old joined the west London club on a four-year contract for a fee in the region of £9 million this summer and is keen to play his part in the Hoops’ project under Mark Hughes.

“It wasn’t a hard decision to come here,” Granero told reporters. “I’m hungry and here I will be able to grow as a player.

“Real Madrid is a great club, I have played there since I was eight. I spent three years in the first team and I will always be thankful to them. But it was time to change and the best way to do that was join QPR.

“Since two weeks ago my thoughts are here and I don’t miss anything about Real. I wanted to be a part of QPR. I’m sure the project here will be good for me, and I’ll be good for QPR.

“Everyone at the club trusts me and that’s all I needed. I know I’ve made the right decision.”

QPR have so far failed to win any of their three Premier League matches, taking just the one point, but Granero has backed his team-mates to show their quality.

“There are a lot of new players here so we must get to know each other first,” he added. “We must improve, but this team will do that when it spends more time together.

“One point from the first three games is not unexpected, but this is not the way it will remain.

“This season will be great – I can see that in my team-mates’ faces. There are quality players here, so just give us time.”

QPR host Chelsea at Loftus Road at the weekend and Granero is fully focused on the game, adding: “Of course it’s important to beat Chelsea because it will be our first win and give us a lot of confidence.

“It’s great for our supporters because we’ll be playing our neighbours in our stadium, so it’s about more than just three points. We must train well this week and we will see what happens at the weekend, but we are very focused on the game.”