AP global football poll comments

LONDON (AP) Ubiratan Leal, trivela.com, Brazil

"Manchester United deserves a lot of credit even with a 1-0 victory. That is just a measure of how good Arsenal's first months of the season are and how hard it is to beat the Gunners, and a 1-0 score is just as valuable as a 4-0 with ordinary opposition."

Axel Torres, Marca Radio, Spain

"Manchester United are starting to look like they did in the Fergie times. 0 goals conceded against Real Sociedad and Arsenal, two teams with a lot of attacking flair."

James Thorogood, Bundesliga.com

"Heung-Min Son hasn't quite made the desired impact since his summer move to Bayer Leverkusen, but the 21-year-old scored three goals with three shots, becoming the first player from South Korea to score a hat trick in the Bundesliga."

Richard Jolly, ESPN

"It was a great week for the underdogs with Wolfsburg beating Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle triumphing at Tottenham, and Sunderland seeing off Manchester City."

Marco Monteverde, News Corp., Australia

"Lionel Messi's injury aside, it was a great week for the Spanish giants Barcelona, who continue to set the pace in La Liga and perform with class in the Champions League."

Orfeo Suarez, El Mundo, Spain

"Cristiano Ronaldo scored in Juventus and three times against Real Sociedad, another Champions League team. Great week for the great star of the season, while Messi was injured again. Is it a time of changes?"

Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, United States

"Guangzhou Evergrande became the first Chinese club to win the Asian Champions League in its current format. Marcello Lippi has done a phenomenal job in an emerging footballing nation, and he's set a precedent for years to come."

Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

"Juve now hove only one point less than Roma and in Paul Pogba they found an excellent, young and powerful player. He scored a fantastic goal against Napoli and helped Italian maestro Pirlo to take control of the midfield for most of the game."

Mark Rodden, Paris-based Irish football writer

"Tim Krul kept a hard-earned clean sheet for Newcastle with one of the best individual performances this season. The 25-year-old showed tremendous agility and reflexes on Sunday to keep a stunned Tottenham attack at bay."

Paolo Condo, Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy

"The outstanding triumph of Juventus over Napoli - a truly marvellous performance - gain both my rankings: Gold medal for the club and two places on the podium for Andrea Pirlo, whose direction was unforgettable, and Pogba, next-gen phenomenon."

Tito Pucetti, ESPN Argentina

"South American leadership does not only look good for Barcelona and Tata Martino, but also on the pulse is Mauricio Pochettino in charge of Southampton, who has been guiding the team and made it the revelation of the Premier League."

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

"Borussia Dortmund was second on my ballot last week and first overall, but they're in danger of dropping out now after losing twice last week and also losing Nevan Subotic to a season-ending knee injury."

Leonardo Bertozzi, ESPN Brazil

"Luis Suarez continues to make up for lost time in the Premier League. Two goals against Fulham takes him to eight goals in six matches and the Uruguayan has already reached the top of the table for scorers in the Premier League."

Shintaro Kano, Kyodo news agency, Japan

"After Bayern's last season, expectations were sky high for new boss Pep Guardiola but he hasn't disappointed. The club's unbeaten over a record 37-game stretch, and it's starting to look like Guardiola will keep winning trophies at the rate he did in Barcelona."

Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency

"Fernando Llorente scored in both of Juventus' games, while Robin van Persie returned to haunt Arsenal once again - and Zlatan Ibrahimovic added another hat trick to his collection, as did Cristiano Ronaldo."

Cedric Rouquette, Eurosport, France

"And they tried to make us think players pay no attention to what they say. With what he has shown since Sepp Blatter's critical comments about him, Cristiano Ronaldo has forced him to eat his words."

Mike McGrath, The Sun

"Manchester United's victory showed they still have pedigree. That is the result that stood out for me after questions have been asked of the start of David Moyes' reign."

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