August 26, 2014

LONDON (AP) Quotes from voters in this week's Associated Press Global Football 10:

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States

''I went with Karim Bellarabi because he was on the board in two games, a league match and a Champions League match at midweek. Stepping up twice is always worth mention in my book.''

Mike McGrath, The Sun, England

''Manchester City sent a message across Europe with their performance against Liverpool. They look extremely powerful and still have players returning to full match-fitness after the World Cup.''

Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland

''His new teammates are allegedly unconvinced that Diego Costa really is 25 but the Spain internationalist certainly looks like the very striker Chelsea have been after. His goal on Saturday was instinctive, clinical.''

Paolo Condo, RAI Sport, Italy

''The big news of the week is in the Camp Nou, where I have seen again a sparkling Messi after one year at a lower level. His performance was the best of my first ranking.''

Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, England

''Erik Lamela's rebirth under Mauricio Pochettino has been an exciting watch so far, with the way he attacks defenders looking more and more like Arjen Robben every match, With the ball tied to his left boot on a string, he's perplexing defenders left, right and centre.''

Marco Monteverde, News Corp. Australia

''The Citizens made an early and telling statement in the EPL title race with not only a win but an excellent performance in their 3-1 victory over title contenders Liverpool.''

Manos Staramopoulos, Dimokratia, Greece

''Manchester City made the best start. The players of Manuel Pellegrini prevailed over red Brendan Rogers and showed again that it is one of the big favourites.''

Cedric Rouquette, Eurosport, France

''City won the first star match of the season in the Premier League versus their arch- and unexpected rival in 2013-2014. After their loss in the Community Shield, this was a crystal clear reaction.''

Federico Giammaria, La Voz, Argentina

''Despite the psychical blow of the World Cup final, Messi is able to reinvent and give us his best version.''

Tito Puccetti, ESPN, Argentina

''Barcelona arrived with vigor and desire for revenge for what happened in the previous season.''

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