AP Global Football 10 Quotebox
Quotes from voters in this week's AP Global football poll:
Mike McGrath (The Sun/Wardles Agency)
''Gareth Bale showed again what a player he is, rising to the occasion when Tottenham needed him by scoring the late winner against Sunderland with a spectacular goal. Unfortunately for the Wales winger, and his team, it was not good enough for Champions League football as Arsenal won too. He certainly deserves to be playing in the tournament, among the best players in the world.''
John Duerden, Asian Football Writer.
''Ji Dong-won. The Korean is on loan to Augsburg from Sunderland and his five goals helped the club stay in the Bundesliga. he scored a beauty at the weekend.''
Orfeo Suarez, El Mundo, Spain
''Great week for Torres and Spanish Chelsea in the last days with Benitez. The Spanish coach said Torres is coming back to the level he had at Liverpool. But, for me, the player of the week is Courtois, goalkeper for Atletico Madrid. His match against Real Madrid in Cup final was perfect. Arda Turan and Falcao were the heroes. In addition to Chelsea, Benfica produced a big perfomance in Europa League final. Matic, in the midfield, was the boss of play, despite the result. Milan become champions in the last minute, but the big contribution in the Calcio this year, for me at least, has been Fiorentina.''
Julian Bennett, Hayters news agency.
''What a Friday night at the Bernabeu for Atletico Madrid. They had not beaten their old rivals Real Madrid in 14 years until their incredible victory in the Copa del Rey, and they celebrated with understandable gusto. Chelsea had done the same when they won the Europa League, and Porto sealed victory in the Portuguese league this weekend too. After that it was all about the race for the Champions League, with AC Milan, Arsenal and Schalke taking the final spots in their respective divisions. Mario Balotelli stepped up just when AC Milan needed him this weekend, slotting home a vital penalty that he had won as the Rossoneri came from behind to beat Siena and qualify for the Champions League. Laurent Koscielny was the hero for Arsenal as they did the same in England, while Chelsea trio Branislav Ivanovic, Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard all deserve huge credit after their part in the Blues' Europa League victory over Benfica, and also the win over Everton that guaranteed them third place in the English Premier League. ''
James Thorogood, Bundesliga.com.
''If there was any doubt that Franck Ribery has been FC Bayern's most important player this season, the Frenchman put them to rest on the final day of the Bundesliga season, scoring twice and laying on a further two in another world class performance. FC Bayern - The newly-crowned Bundesliga champions found themselves in an unfamiliar situation having conceded three goals inside the first ten minutes, but once again demonstrated the grit, determination and hunger that has seen them dominate the German football scene this last year.
Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
''It really would have been nice to have something like form in the final week of the season. But what do we get? Losses by three of my top six last week. Sure it's the last week of the season and most teams were locked in place, but that doesn't mean you can't win a game. Dortmund's loss gave me a chance to slide Barcelona to No. 2. I dropped Real Madrid down a notch for having a loss and a tie in its past two games, though moving up Man U after a tie, especially a tie where it blew a 5-2 lead, bothers me. Torres had goals in two key games, the Europa League final and the game Chelsea needed to win to finish third in the Premiership, and he had to be a fair amount of pressure considering his scoring troubles. It took that kind of performance for me to put him ahead of Lukaku, who merely had a hat trick against Manchester United. ''
Filip Bondy, New York Daily News
''Thus ends a difficult balancing act measuring obvious talent with in-form football. I choose Messi and Bayern, right to the end.''