Players Quotes by Will Wright, E-40, Tony Iommi, Zinedine Zidane, Jerry West, Arnold Palmer and many others.
Players like to know that they’ve discovered things that even the designers didn’t know were in the game.
I might like the Sacramento Kings. One of my favorite players is Dirk Nowitzki.
My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period.
I don’t know if we are the best team in the world. I am lucky to be playing alongside some of the best players around. It’s a dream.
The league is changing, and we don’t have many back-to-the-basket players. We now have a game that requires skill and versatility. A lot of that is about being able to think. It makes all the difference in the world to have a player in there with a high basketball IQ who can make the right decision.
My search for ways to improve my touch has never ended. We players tried a lot of different things and compared notes. Little fads would set in.
Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters.
I just had different circumstances than most players, and I think that has been an advantage – maybe I carry a little chip on my shoulder with just how tough it was for my parents to overcome some of those financial situations.
What I think is important for us as players is to always stay on our toes and be critical to everything being said.
I know you expect a lot from me, and people expect a lot from me, but I’m not a superstar, I’m not an All-Star, I’m not LeBron, I’m not those great players.
Some players don’t like training and I’ve seen some players who aren’t bothered if they play or not. But I want to play every game. Sometimes you have to rest in certain games, but I want to play in every game.
If you don’t win a Super Bowl, you’re not considered successful in the National Football League. I can remember, when we finally won that first one, feeling so good for the players and fans.
I think English is very important for tennis players. To be on the tour, it’s much more easier if you speak English. So that’s why I knew that I have to improve my English.
I don’t know if a lot of players can actually say they played in the All-Star Game in their actual city, their team’s city.
The Dodgers told me a big bonus was no good, and they said other players would resent it. Better for me to take a small amount of money and work my way.
Players have a great deal of flexibility when conducting diplomatic relations with their allies.
Everyone can see that we went for young, talented players under the age of 24 or free transfers where we didn’t have to pay a fee for them.
Concentration and focus – they are very important, just as important as in anything, I suppose, if you’re going to succeed. I’ve seen a lot of good players on the training ground, but when it comes to the game, they can’t keep the same levels up on a Saturday.
There’s a lot of chatter in basketball and, rightfully, you want players to be talking to each other… But sometimes in practice, it gets too verbose… so I tried to take things out of the ordinary and make them special so they’d understand the difference.
I’m a believer that players are good self-directors, and I think one thing that’s good about video games is they can direct their own experience.
At a young age winning is not the most important thing… the important thing is to develop creative and skilled players with good confidence.
Some people are drawn naturally – there are natural guitarists, and there are natural piano players, and I think guitar implies travel, a sort of footloose gypsy existence. You grab your bag and you go to the next town.
I’ll never forget that first night with the team. Going to the ballpark on the bus was the hardest 30 minutes of my life. I had to walk down that aisle between all the players. I really didn’t know too much about the Detroit Tigers at that time.
I know I’m more on television, and I’m more recognisable than maybe even the players because they run and train, but I just stand there, and my face does all these funny things that everyone can see all the time.
African soccer has grown to the extent that the majority of its players are playing for European teams and that is very good as they are becoming role models for the youngsters on the continent.
Beginning players are predictable and rarely bluff. They tend to focus only on their own hand and simply hope to catch the one card they need to improve.
Most good players play on intuition. Everyone has a little, but I don’t know if you can learn it.
As a coach, we are not magicians; we work with the players and look to improve them and give them every opportunity, but if you are not creating or scoring goals over a consistent period of time, it is difficult for you as a coach.
The type of contract between players and producers is, I feel, antiquated in form and abstract in concept. We have no privacies which producers cannot invade, they trade us like cattle, boss us like children.
Own goals happen to the best of players.
Hard things make me happy. You get upset, but you mature and improve: the quicker you reach your best level, the longer you stay there. They say players peak at 28; I wanted to be there at 22, 23.
I won an MVP trophy with the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Association. I didn’t even start. I was a sub on this team. This was, like, an All-Star game where we had athletes from different teams, different mixtures. We had, like, the only black team in the league, basically. We had four players go to the All-Star game.
Usually, a Brazilian doesn’t like to work hard in training, doesn’t like to stay focused. I trained a lot of Brazilian players. I had a problem with Ronaldo at Milan. It was not easy to get him fit! Ronaldo was 100kg but was the quickest in the 10 metre test!
The manager is by himself. He can’t mingle with his players. I enjoyed my players, but I could not socialize with them so I spent a lot of time alone in my hotel room. Those four walls kind of close in on you.
Football is a great love because I was born into a family of players and therefore born into football. I’m fortunate to have a style of play that a lot of people like. It’s a privilege to be able to do what I like best and in my own way, but I’m fortunate that people like it, and that motivates me even more.
I believe that today’s players who are Christians feel that it’s important and their responsibility to acknowledge their faith.
I think the Commissioner is taking the steps necessary to give the game back to the players and the fans and hopefully take the league to the next level.
Tennis players have the ugliest feet.
It’s not just about talent. It’s about having players with good mentality.
How you deal with adversity says a lot about the kind of players you’ve got and the kind of team we’ve got.
There are a plenty of shots that I have been amazed by, but a lot of these shots are played because you have worn an iron mask. Take away the protection, and let me see if they play them. Don’t forget that the past players did not have any protection.
Once-dominant games like straight pool and three-cushion billiards have lost ground to eight-ball – the game of choice for millions of tavern league players – and nine-ball, the preeminent tournament game.
I always wanted to experience 50 games at least in a season because all the top players in the world, they do that every year.
I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three star players.
As far as starting or not starting, that means more to some players than others. And if it means more to someone else, I think you should let them start and just go out there and do your job when it’s your turn.
I believe I am strong mentally. My breaking points might be bigger than most players. I think it’s because of the way I grew up with my two older brothers. They pushed my limits quite often – once every day, I think! I think that played a big role in my breaking point being bigger than most players. Not all players.
I think that there’s more jealousy in sports than racism, really. I think racism exists in the works, but when I faced racism in hockey, a lot of times from jealousy, because when I was young, I was always one of the better players. And I think a lot of people were threatened by that.
My brother was the one who really gave me the desire to follow in his footsteps. Also, it was really Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, the two Brazilian players, who also inspired me to a future in football.
The Negro League had some of the best players in history. Satchel Paige was probably one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball, and many believe catcher Josh Gibson was a better hitter than Babe Ruth.
I get nervous when they start shooting piano players.
I’ve been really lucky, played with a lot of great players, lot of great coaches.
When I was in baseball and you went into the clubhouse, you didn’t see ball players with curling irons.
Of course Lothar Matthaus is always going to be associated with the 1990 World Cup. But does everyone immediately remember what titles Gunter Netzer, Johan Cruyff or Luis Figo won? Or do they also think about how those players played their football and how they led their teams?
I’m just a lad playing for Liverpool, trying to achieve his dream, so to see a lad with my name on his shirt – when I grew up having the names of other players on my shirt – it meant a lot.
I have faith in the players, who have paid me back on the pitch. I have brought in young players because they have a lot of potential. I’m the only one who decides, and I take decisions based on sporting reasons.
Of course training is very important, but resting is just as important. You have to get your recuperation, and I think all players make that mistake where they train hard but they don’t rest enough, and even our school boy players, we tell them to get a lot of rest.
I always say that Madrid must have the best players, as this is the best club in the world. But it is not for me to say which players should be signed.
I want young girls to dream about being professional soccer players instead of just watching the boys go out and play.
There is no reason why one should believe you should leave out politicians in cricket or any sport for that matter. There are ways and means in which government can assist in the management and development of players.
I grew up watching the great Milan teams with the Dutch players.
I went through all the musicians in my life who I admire as bright, intelligent, virtuosic players.
Other people need to be forward thinkers. Not just basketball players. Not just people in the sports world. But people in general.
You don’t have to be popular with the players to be a good manager or coach.
In training, the players would deliberately hit high balls into me and barge into me so I’d get used to that side of the English game. I actually enjoy the physical side of it now.
I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.
Sometimes they are big hurdles, but good players can overcome them. I am trying to do my best.
In the end, it’s about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.
We are not trying to reinvent the wheel. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes you have your off days. We have a way of going about things. Basically we are positive people trying to improve players and teams.
The USA have recently done well in the Olympics and the Youth World Cup. So I think there will be some good young players available in the future, and not too expensive which is important to the club.
As players, you never make one trophy a priority.
Just like all young players, there is a difference between being involved and just participating.
Bass players are always the underdogs of the band, but I made sure that I was never viewed as one. I went out of my way to steal as much limelight as I could.
I feel as though I’ve proved myself these last five years that I can be one of the top players in the league.
When young players become one of the best in the world, everyone wants to sign them.
There are a lot of good football players in the league. You just try to keep yourself grounded.
I won’t tolerate players not giving everything they’ve got.
One of the main things that stand out for me is the mentality of the best players. They really want to be in those big moments, have the responsibility, the trust in themselves and the self-belief.
Of all the players at the World Cup I don’t think it is too much to compare Ronaldinho with the great Pele.
Outside cricket, I idolise Roger Federer and in the gentleman’s game, I look up to Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Not only were they great players, but the way they conducted themselves off the field evoked respect.
I hate to say it’s not a Laker but Michael Jordan. He’s been the greatest player I’ve ever seen. And I’m probably a harsh judge of talent in the sense that I admire players that are really good defensive players and really good offensive players.
Imagine going into an office and telling the staff that they have to follow your philosophy. Imagine the reaction you would get if you said that in any other walk of life. Why would I offer that to my players?
I spend a lot of time copying saxophone players and trumpet players. Not to say that it is not important to listen to guitar players, but there’s so much music out there and so many possibilities. I like anyone who plays any instrument.
Computers have proved to be formidable chess players. In fact, they’ve beaten our top human chess champions.
Not many players would turn down a chance to play for Real Madrid and Barcelona, as they’re right at the top the tree in terms of football.
In the blockchain world, each user can and should own their data, and ‘central’ players are less vulnerable to data losses and breaches.
I don’t really like the business side of football, but I just like adding good players to our football team.
I can understand why some of these drummers and bass players become cult figures with all of their equipment and the incredible amount of technique they have. But there’s very little that I think satisfies you intellectually or emotionally.
The mental game is what separates the good players from the great players. So anything I can do to get that mental edge to help me stay my best, I’m gonna try and do it.
I think you can be the greatest orator of all time, the greatest motivator of all times, but if those players know that you don’t care about them, and you don’t try to understand them, then they’re never going to hear what you have to say.
They fire coaches before players.
It’s fun to come back to the town where I went to school and see all the new Wildcat players.
Nowadays midfielders definitely have to be complete players – you can’t just be a destroyer, you have to build play too.
Bill Polian and I agreed when we first came together with the Buffalo Bills that we’d bring players only of high character to the team.
England have always had individually strong players, and I am a huge fan of Stevie Gerrard, who has the heart of a lion and is the icon of the modern footballer with his ability to attack and defend so well.
No cricket team in the world depends on one or two players. The team always plays to win.
Sometimes I was wrong about my players. Sometimes I want more and more from them; sometimes I am so demanding, but they showed me how good they are.
You need good fitness from the players and the organisational structure has to be there from early on in pre-season because the games come so quickly that you don’t have much time on the grass with the players to shuffle the pack tactically.
NFL fans have less sympathy for fallen players than the Romans had for blind Christians.
I don’t want to be one of those great players who never made it to the Series.
I think to compare any time you win a Stanley Cup would be unfair to all the players from all the teams.
If you take golf, you have a teacher for the drive, a teacher for the approach play, and a teacher for the putt. That’s three specialist coaches for one player. In football, one coach looks after 25 players.
Certain Stanley Cup traditions remain intact, including the handshake line between players who had been belting one another for a couple of weeks.
And that’s why, you know, it’s players like Randy Moss that unfortunately put a stain on the entire league.
Every team has leadership. The leadership is the best players. But there’s positive leadership, and there’s negative leadership.
When we have the ball, the other team has to run. The most important thing is for the players to be prepared to be a little bit wild.
You want to win things and I am at a club where we have the players to do that.
I got to see all these incredible blues players, like Jimmy Reed.
It’s hard to compare. Different times, different players. The administration four years ago did not have 9/11. I could tell you this; this particular administration was better suited to handle that than the former.
As a kid, I used to go see all the jazz players, Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespe.
You have to demand things and believe you’re worth more. And once you do demand them, you’re usually going to get them. The players who first came in were very humble because we came from obscurity. Today’s players, on the other hand, have a sense of entitlement.
You’re looking for players whose name on the front of the sweater is more important than the one on the back. I look for these players to play hard, to play smart and to represent their country.
The beginning of a career is hard for many players, often because of the ordinary day-to-day problems that football and life bring.
He’s a big player, and the big players score the big goals and make the big contributions in the big games. That’s what determines a great player. That’s what Steven Gerrard is.
Even with the quality of players that we have, they’re an extremely hard side to break down and once they get on top of you, you find it difficult to stem the flow of attacks.
Something goes wrong, I yell at them -‘Fix it’- whether it’s their fault or not. You can only really yell at the players you trust.
Guitar players in the nineties seem to be reacting against the technique oriented eighties.
I played with Willie Mays and against Hank Aaron. They were tremendous players, but they were no Josh Gibson.
People just assume, over the years, that soccer players are not too intelligent. As with most assumptions, they’re wrong.
Ever since ‘Demon’s Souls,’ I’ve really been pursuing making games that give players a sense of accomplishment by overcoming tremendous odds.
Players lose you games, not tactics. There’s so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes.
They are among the three best in the world: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar are the three best players in the world and I’m happy I have one of them playing alongside me.
I tried the broadcasting thing, the coaching thing, but I’ll never replace the competitive feeling of being out on the field when we were players.
In 2017, Kante has been fantastic and is almost two players at times. He covers every blade of grass and he’s not short of technique. He would get in any team because there’s room for that type of player no matter what system you play or level you play at.
If you get a chance to play with great players, that’s half the battle.
The best thing you do as a coach is develop an environment where these guys can have some success. Vince Lombardi was that way. He cared about these guys not only as football players but also as men.
I don’t like playing to guitar players, actually. I’d rather just play to ordinary people.
What you do is build your team around your core. Some teams have one main guy – not many, but some do – and you build around that. If you have a bunch of good players, that’s another way to go about it – through depth, teamwork, defense, and fundamentals.
It’s unfortunate that you don’t see the loyalty from management to players and players to management like we used to see in the old days.
The oldest form of theater is the dinner table. It’s got five or six people, new show every night, same players. Good ensemble; the people have worked together a lot.
I learned to play football in the streets. Every day of school, everyone came and played football. The street is a good school, and you learn many things there – resiliency, how to play against older players, and how to put up with or dodge kicks.
I was surprised I won the award because I’ve always been a very aggressive player and I earn my share of fouls on the court. I play rough, and because I’m an older player, of course I use tricks on the younger players.
Whenever a ball is played backwards, make the right decision, back a player to pick you out, so there a lot of ways players can take responsibility on the pitch.
I never played against my own age, and I was one of the best players. That’s when I would get really nervous, maybe not sleep the night before a game.
You have to go into each match believing you can beat all of the players.
In the German football team players from different clubs need to get on with each other both on and off the pitch. In the grand coalition Christian Democrats and Social Democrats sit in the same boat and need to pull in the same direction.
Andre Agassi was my rival in the ’90s, and I think as we got older we sort of transcended the game. He was probably the best player I ever played over my career. There’s a list of players that were tough, but Andre, certainly, he was the most unique.
There are some people who might have better technique than me, and some may be fitter than me, but the main thing is tactics. With most players, tactics are missing. You can divide tactics into insight, trust, and daring. In the tactical area, I think I just have more than most other players.
I think Cristiano and Lionel Messi are two of the best players in the history of the game. Are they better than Pele or Diego Maradona? They are at the top, but I think it is difficult in football to say who is first or second or third.
I listen to other guitar players, yeah. It gives me new concepts and shows me where the instrument is going for the future and it is going some places. There are some musicians who are really putting out a good vibe with new theories. I try and keep up.
It was my dream for a long time to play in the NBA. When I was drafted, it was a challenge for me. I decided to go and see where I was compared to the best players in the world.
But I think the image that’s thrown out on television is a bad image. Because you see players who want to imitate hip-hop stars. And the NBA is taking advantage of the situation.
When I dive for a ball I’m not diving because it looks spectacular – I’m trying win the point. When I jump it’s because it’s easy for me to jump. I’m not being cocky but because I can jump higher than other people it looks more spectacular. Other players smash but I go higher so it looks different.
It would mean a lot to me to get into the Hall of Fame, to be grouped with some of the greatest players in history.
I think the Lakers are a legacy franchise. Players know when they come here, this is the ultimate platform.
The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less.
We seem to have some quite good ‘FIFA 17’ players at Chelsea.
I think the international players, in general, show how basketball is global now. There are players from all the countries.
I have worked with some of the most important players, like Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, Kaka, Zidane, but the best are easy to work with because they are so professional. Their winning mentality, professionalism, helps the manager. Of course, sometimes I become angry, but usually my relationship with the players is calm.
There were very few TV sets when I grew up… We could not see matches and did not know too many players. Only Pele was a household name and he was the one most children idolised.
It’s been years since I’ve had a real input in the game anyway. For this game, I’ve just tried to keep all the other stuff away from the players and coaches.
A lot of players are scared to talk because a lot of people aren’t financially stable to where they can make comments on how they feel about things and not feel like they will get cut or something like that.
When you are playing Under-17 or U-19, the captain is of the same age as the rest of us. His knowledge was also as limited as the other players, so there was greater responsibility on the bowlers to understand themselves and their bowling, read the pitch, and set fields accordingly.
What separates the good players from the greats people remember is consistency.
I’m a baseball fan. I always pulled for where the Dominican players play.
Some players are more physical than others, some play with more finesse. Some are just really great all-around players. So you have to change your game.
Players aren’t quite as mercenary as people make them out to be. Some of them are but some aren’t.
I still feel I need to do things 10 times better than other players. Just to be accepted and to improve myself.
The team with the best players wins.
And historically the owners have used loyalty to a team or a city to hold players as opposed to always paying their worth.
Young players will run through a barbed wire fence for you.
As a kid, you obviously dream of being a professional footballer. I would watch players like Ronaldo of Brazil and pretend to be him in the playground. But I don’t think about trying to become one of the best in the world or anything like that. I just play football.
Every coach has to put himself in his club and to try to become a really important coach for his club. The most important thing is that the club can be happy, the fans can be happy, and the players can be happy with your work. This must be our task. Then, if you are No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, this is not important.
You have to make sure the players know to be accessible, and that’s part of their job. That’s why you earn a lot of money. There’s a public relations, fan-friendly part of it.
Players would empty their souls to me; you cannot fathom the stories I’ve heard, everything from the good to the bad. I tried whatever I could to work things out.
There are footballers who are very good playing on the outside but don’t know what to do inside. Then there are players who are very good inside but don’t have the physique, the legs, to go outside.
As a manager, the more consistent you are, the better off you are. It’s easy to be up when things go well. When things don’t go well, the players will follow your lead. So you have to be consistent and upbeat, which takes some work sometimes.
Community stuff is always important to me, it’s very important to the New Jersey Devils and the organization, so along with not just myself but the rest of the players on the team, it’s always a priority to be able to give back in the best way possible.
The manager and the fitness staff condition every training session. They plan it out week by week on what players need. If players need a rest, they will do that; if players need to work hard, they will do that as well.
It’s not easy to come somewhere new and have to find your place. You might feel someone doesn’t like you, or you might need to find new friends. It’s not easy, and I don’t like this kind of thing. It’s not easy, so you want to protect the players who are alone.
I’m starting to see players copy what I do. I’m flattered.
Turmeric or cinnamon? Nuts or raisins? The players may change, but the fundamentals of fluffy, fragrant pilaf are always the same.
I’m very proud of our NHL players. I think they all handle themselves extremely well and they all work really hard.
I always think if you speak to someone in their second language, you speak to their head. If you speak in their first, you speak to their heart. I’ve always tried to let players see that.
They’ve got so many Latin players we’re going to have to get a Latin instructor up here.
With the players Madden is definitely king and that’s probably why it’s been one of the top selling games all these years and will probably continue to be.
When you look at the best players in the world, they can play all the formats. I don’t think it’s an easy thing to do and that’s why they’re the best players in the world.
I think, a lot of guys who want to be professional football players, they see the Premiership players, and they see the finished article, but there’s a lot of hard work that’s gone into their careers for them to get there. There’s a lot of sacrifice, and I think people tend to forget that.
Ligue 1 is a very physical league. In each team, there are very fast players, dangerous wide men with plenty of speed and endurance.
Nowadays there is more dynamism in chess, modern players like to take the initiative. Usually they are poor defenders though.
You have to be humble and learn from the players around you.
People talk about tactics, but when you look at it, tactics are just players. You change things so that the team can get the most out of the skills they have to offer, but you don’t go any further than that.
The last thing you want as a striker is the opposing team putting all 10 players behind the ball.
I was blessed to work with The Jazz Messengers when the two piano players were Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.
Time and again, players lose because they make rash decisions. Therefore, you always have to remind yourself – don’t hurry. Embarking on a risky combination that cannot be calculated to the end is certainly not the right thing to do.
I used to tell the players that professional football is a part-time profession. I used to tell them it gets you ready for your life’s work.
Call me old fashioned, but we’re now holding umbrellas up as our players get off a plane. Do they need that? It’s a few spots of rain. OK, they might get wet. Well, let them get wet. That’s what happens when it rains.
As long as it is supported by Democratic politicians and by liberal Hollywood players, censorship is a useful tool to stifle dissent.
It’s hard to sit back and just go through your whole career, because everything’s always moving so fast. But the odd milestone is always a nice moment, and when you look at the previous players to have hit those kind of milestones, it’s nice to be in that company.
Once I grew from 6’1′ to about 6’6′, by that time I was going into 12th grade, and that’s when I started wanting to play basketball, because, pretty much basketball players always got the girl.
Every week Rangers have different former players come out at half-time. Spurs should have a couple a former players on the board, who know what the supporters want.
Most of our players come from the Championship; Chelsea can get more or less anyone from around the world. Some clubs in this division have owners who say it doesn’t matter what they spend. I don’t know what happened to Financial Fair Play but it didn’t exactly level the playing field.
When I went in to Liverpool, my job in the first season was to cut the budget. You only need to look at the players who left. Maxi Rodriguez, Alberto Aquilani, Pepe Reina.
Players should know that if you can’t make the contribution of the winning shot, that your attitude every day when you come to practice, or the positive contribution you make through cheering and keeping up team morale, is just as important in the overall picture.
Nothing guarantees a championship. Nothing. Not having the best players, not practicing the most. Your best chance is if you do the right thing every day.
There’s nothing like the camaraderie of being around the other players.
Coaches are an integral part of any manager’s team, especially if they are good pinochle players.
Look, I’m in the top 20 of players who ever lived.
For my part, I confess I seldom listen to the players: one has so much to do, in looking about and finding out one’s acquaintance, that, really, one has no time to mind the stage. One merely comes to meet one’s friends, and show that one’s alive.
Award trophies, as opposed to letting the players define and claim their own. Ultimately, pay them to play so that their activity not only resembles work but is work.
Liverpool give young players a good opportunity.
I’d play with these Indian players, the tabla and sitar.
Professional managers, coaches, and players have a right to question an umpire’s decision if they do it in a professional manner. When they become personal, profane, or violent, they have crossed the line and must be dealt with accordingly.
My music lives because of real players.
There’s only so much you can do until you get on set and see the aesthetics of what you’re dealing with. Then you see what the other players are giving to you. It’s all about the transfer of energy between different actors.
This is where young players today want to land. They want to be NBA players because of the money.
So it’s more the musician in me that makes me stretch out and try different things more than anything. But, like a lot of guitar players, I have one certain niche that’s my thing that I’m better at than the others.
It’s important we win and because of the players we have we should win some matches in style.
The goal of mass transit is to convince people to abandon their cars, which feature such enticing accessories as CD players and elbow room.
They talk about those All-Star Games being exhibition affairs, and maybe they are, but I’ve seen very few players in my life who didn’t want to win, no matter whom they were playing or what for.
It’s not enough to just have talent at Atletico Madrid. At other clubs it is, but we can’t sign superstars and have to look for players with a good work ethic.
I think right now the jury is out on where and how much profit is available in the consumer electronics industry, because if you look at the current consumer electronics players, the biggest ones on the planet struggle to make profit consistently.
We want to progress and ultimately win something. You can’t do that with 11, 12 or 13 players, you need a squad.
A lot of players might be tired, but I feel nice and sharp.
People go on about my style of play. But I tell you what I do – I go into football clubs, I try to find out what systems suit the players and I try to get the damnedest out of those players. That’s what I’ve done everywhere I’ve been.
Always, as a coach, you have to be thinking not to flood the players with information. You have to think what’s key for the player, for that team, and how do we deliver it in a way that it might stick and have an effect.
Rugby is great. The players don’t wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that.
Because I select my players from a feeling that comes to me when I am with them, a certain sympathy you might call it, or a vibration that exists between us that convinces me they are right.
All us players do that – looking to play, to fight for a place.
I think the players win the championship, and the organization has something to do with it, don’t get me wrong. But don’t try to put the organization above the players.
When you go out on a football field, you are responsible for taking care of yourself. The more rules you get, the less players truly take care of themselves.
You have to consistently be successful to be one of the top players in the world, and everything is possible in life.
That’s my hunger. If I start to relax, and I lose that, then I had better stop my football. I need that hunger. I still feel I need to do things 10 times better than other players. Just to be accepted and to improve myself.
It is my job to help the players react better.
So I’m going to tell you, it’s going to be a good year. There are good players all over this country, and it is our job as a scouting department to find them, draft them, sign them, develop them, and help us to continue to win championships. So it’s going to be a good year.
The movements which I make I cannot possibly repress because, at the time, I am actually the idea I am interpreting, and naturally I picture my players and auditors as in accord with me. I know, of course, that my mannerisms have been widely discussed.
The magic of playing has to do with how much everyone wants it to succeed. If you have five players in a situation where the music is being improvised and one is determined it is not going to succeed, it won’t succeed even if one of the musicians takes control.
I’ve come to the conclusion that players want to be treated alike.
The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.
I was thrown into a position where I had to learn a new language, become professional and not be just that child anymore coming into a team. I was able to learn from players that were so experienced at such a high level. You can’t get that anywhere else. Nothing against college, but you can’t get that in college.
And then came the nineties, when management, suddenly frightened that they had ceded control to the players, sought to restore baseball’s profitability by ‘running the game like a business.’
I do still have some of the experience from playing, but it’s been so long since I’ve been out in those quarters, semis, finals, the important final matches, just against the top players.
I think all great players set a target for themselves in their careers. Mine was to win a world title with Brazil, which I did twice.
It is time for everyone to sit down – the NCAA, the NBA, the players union and the coaching fraternity – and come up with suitable solutions to these problems.
I think one of the most difficult things for anyone who’s played baseball is to accept the fact that maybe the players today are playing just as well as ever.
It’s always great playing with other musicians. It’s also a great situation where I’m the older guy, I’ve influenced generations of guitar players.
A winning model would mean trying to get the best possible players that you can, at whatever age they are; it doesn’t matter.
You know what I really love? The CD players in a car. How when you put the CD right up by the slot, it actually takes it out of your hand, like it’s hungry. It pulls it in, and you feel like it wants more silver discs.
I think the players, I put in the book for example that we should go back to wood rackets, probably they laughed at me, I’m a dinosaur, but I think that you see these great players, have even more variety and you see more strategy, there’d be more subtlety.
No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it’s what his players know that counts.
I liked George Weiss when he was with the Yankees. He loved the Old Timers’ Day. He loved it. And he invited all these people to come, all these players to come.
Hockey lends itself to special events, including the Olympic competition: a glorious tournament of the best players in the world, putting on their national jerseys and playing on big rinks with no-goon Olympic rules and referee enforcement.
The national championship for Syracuse in 2003 will always be the high-water mark for me. That was my alma mater, my team, my players, our fans. That remains the top experience of my basketball life.
Putting me into training sessions playing against players that were 10 years older, that were way more experienced and, honestly, way better, it was a big shock for me.
There’s a line, players usually don’t cross it and coaches usually don’t cross it. Every once in a while you get a little temper tantrum on both sides, I certainly have had ’em. I’m not proud of those.
Tennis Australia really led the charge as far as upping the prize money and trying to do the right thing by the players. They also led the way so women have equal prize money in all the grand slams too.
As a manager, everyone is clambering for you to do something. It comes from the media, the fans, the board and even your own staff sometimes. The strongest thing can be to do nothing and remind the players of the simplicity of the format. The players have taken ownership of that.
I do not abuse players. I talk to myself; I abuse myself. It’s my way of letting off steam. I do it after every century; I do not do it always. I keep telling myself: ‘Improve, improve from the previous match, the previous shot. You can do it.’
It’s football, you work with humans and humans make mistakes. We will do everything in our power to prepare the players so they know to make the right decision at the right times.
I think chess players are not always what you think them to be. Or maybe it’s our job to appear serious.
Who says a center can’t make the pass into the post? Michael Jordan, effectively, was a post player and you saw with the championship teams players able to do multiple things.
A lot of them have families to feed, and I think it’s a tragic situation where players aren’t comfortable speaking what’s on their mind or what’s right because they’re afraid of consequences that come along with it. That’s not an ideal environment for anybody.
I always say to the players, ‘You can either create or wait.’ If you’re waiting, you’re relying on someone else, as simple as that. But if you create it, you’ve got to do it.
True success for me is allowing players to be better than I was. That is what I went into coaching for and I’ve not lost sight of that.
Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.
Players come and go, good friends, players who performed well. You can’t control that.
Some players are wonderful hitters of the ball, but they can’t figure out ways to get out of trouble. Eighty percent of the time, there is a way. You just have to know how to look for it.
Players who create advantages for their team at one end or the other are rare.
But the citizens of Cincinnati loved their Reds because they won, no matter what their addresses had been the year before. They rooted for the Old-English ‘C’ on the players’ shirts.
Man, coaching is a hard job, and it requires a lot of time… I hear stories from coaches who tell me that players call them in the middle of the night not knowing where they parked their car.
I think we’ve got a lot players in the squad who are more suited to European football at the moment.
I would be a very demanding coach. I wouldn’t yell and scream, but I want players that want what I want. And that’s why I couldn’t coach, ’cause I know how hard it is and I know how hard I want you to play. But everyone’s not going to do what I want.
The chemistry at a table is so important. You must start with a carefully balanced mix of personalities. If the balance is off, and the stakes are too big for some of the players, it kills the game. Too small, and everybody gets bored.
During the final two weeks of training, our students work simulated game situations in which our staff members role-play as players, managers, and coaches. They are given immediate feedback following each camp game.
Sometimes having the best players is not enough to win the Champions League.
I would never want Ukraine to be a piece on the map, on the chessboard of big global players, so that someone could toss us around, use us as cover, as part of some bargain.
I believe every era has its significance and the same holds true for players and coaches.
I was really learning my craft as a jazz singer and working with some great players and all, really growing and feeling my wings.
Before Wenger came, Arsenal celebrated 1-0 and were based on defensive solidity. With Arsene, joy came from attacking, with players of good standing. And the perfect combination was the Invincibles. But over time, only technical quality and offensive freedom were taken care of, losing the defensive structure.
Unless there is branding, players will not get adequate payment. Why do we want matches to be televised? Why do we want people to turn up for our matches? That’s how you will generate revenue.
I was lucky to start playing guitar in the Eighties when so many great players were around to inspire me, like Yngwie Malmsteen, Van Halen and especially Dave Murray and Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden.
For the Raiders, I’m always going to be ready and willing to go there and talk to those players about whatever.
For a kid that just played for Oviedo, to then going to play for a team like Real Madrid, it felt fantastic. But being taken out of my family home and moving away alone, into the residence Madrid have for young players, it was a bit difficult. But as time passed, I got used to it.
I’d first come to Chelsea from Kosice and, for me, that was a dream. It’s not easy making that move. I was maybe the first player to come from Slovakia to a club like Chelsea, who normally buy players from Holland, Spain, Italy, Portugal.
Leading a group of players who want to win is much easier than leading a group that doubt themselves, aren’t committed or are divided.
The fact that we write about it doesn’t mean we play better than ordinary players at all.
I think Liverpool have a long history with many great players. I hope one day to be up there with those great players. I’ll try my best to write some history here.
Good people hire people better than themselves. So A players hire A+ players. But others hire below their skills to make themselves look good. So B players hire C players. C players hire D players, etc.
I believe in our players, our coaching staff, and our entire franchise.
I know how good I can be. I’m not being big-headed. I think all players have to have that confidence and self-belief.
Players say going to a World Cup, it’s one of the best parts of their career, and I can’t wait.
As a manager, you have to sow a seed of imagination in your players.
I’m very happy at Everton; it’s a very good club with very good structure. The fans love the club and the players.
Some players lose motivation, but going to the court every day helped me.
There’s just not a lot of guys around playing like that these days; a lot of steel players are plugging into stomp boxes, trying to sound like Jeff Beck on a steel guitar.
There weren’t many black players when I was growing up, and I remember playing and looking up to the ones that were playing.
When I was really young, the women’s national team wasn’t on a grand media stage, so my role models were male basketball and male American football players.
Sometimes you’re going to be shoved into a corner, and even though it’s against your principles, against the way that you like to play the game, you’re going to have to protect your own players.
One thing we were looking for from the start was players who really fit together, who sounded in tune.
You want all players to be free of overthinking. That’s when they’re in a good place and a good flow.
My life has changed in many ways, both on an economic and personal level. All major league players are accorded the respect they deserve. In Cuba, it was not that way. National team players were not respected. The treatment was not adequate.
It’s every manager’s dream, I suppose, to build a team by coaching young players of 15 to 17. That’s why I started a youth scheme.
But to be fair, if you take players from my era to now, the game has changed and the players have many more shots. They use them differently than we did. The speed of the game has changed.
I always tell people, good coaches are a dime a dozen. Good coaches that are good people, good husbands, good fathers, that love their players and are passionate about doing things in a way that I believe is important, that pool gets real small.
I believe in work, in connections between the players, I think what makes football great is that it is a team sport. You can win in different ways, by being more of a team, or by having better individual players. It is the team ethic that interests me, always.
I don’t think that players learn how to play any other aspect of the game in high school or college.
You look at all the elite players around the League, the guys that are responsible defensively, the guys that can score at will, they kind of do it all.
I talked to the players and tried to make them aware of what was good and bad, but I didn’t try to run their lives.
Most announcers play pattycake, pattycake with the players they’re covering.
I think each player has an individual style. Each is concerned with giving the best to his team, and I think my best talent is dribbling and setting up goal situations, giving an assist or deceiving one of the other team’s players.
As players we’re held accountable for poor performance, I think the same should be said for journalists.
My goal is to outwork everybody in recruiting, sign the best players in the state, and turn these guys into the best team we can.
I wanted the players to feel like they were part of a family, to be conscious of that controlled togetherness as they made that slow entrance onto the field. It had a great psychological effect on the opposing team, too. They’d never seen anything like it.
That’s the great thing with Lyon: we are such a competitive group of players, but we know each other so well, so what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch.
Italy have plenty of high-quality players. Newcomers need time to get adjusted to the set-up and the system of play. I’m very young, and although I think I have shown good quality in my international games, I realise that there are plenty of others competing for places.
How do you win? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That’s how you win.
I’m very fond of piano players.
Chess is a great training ground for poker players because it’s a math-based game, much like backgammon is.
I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing there ability, put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning. And I hope that I’ve done that in my 33 years as a head coach.
My childhood closet was ornamented with U.S. jerseys of World Cups spanning the nineties and two-thousands – some of my favorite memories are from summers when, with a ball under my foot and a jersey on my back, I watched the U.S. team go up against the world’s best players in the largest sporting event on Earth.
The more mental strength you have, the better. If you look at some of the best players that we have seen over the years and that I have been playing with, mentally they are the best competitors as well, something I have worked hard on.
I feel like football players are overworked and underpaid compared to any other sports.
Ask me about my football, and not too much else. I just want to be a player among the players.
There are a lot of young players here right now, and these guys are going to eventually learn as they go. Next year we can’t use that as an excuse that we had so many young players on the team.
The mental focus it takes to compete against the best players in the world is not easy to maintain. Developing mental toughness is a learned trait, and if you can’t develop it in your pursuit of success, you likely won’t last in any competitive line of work for more than a cup of coffee.
I learned a lot in the Minor Leagues, spending six years there. I honed my skills, as far as coaching goes. I was able to work with the players in a lot of facets of the game.
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
You’re convincing these big, tough football players to wear what was essentially women’s lingerie. There was a little bit of a Jedi mind trick that needed to take place. The product really spoke for itself once guys felt it and touched it.
Liverpool had African players from the ’50s and ’60s. There were goalkeepers in the early days from South Africa. Then in 1981 there was a guy who came to Anfield. They say ‘who is this guy’ and it is me; I am African.
The reason I didn’t take the baseball route is because they don’t have rankings for baseball players.
I feel like winning a Super Bowl is like a lifetime thing. Come on? How many great players that haven’t been here, some that haven’t won.
I had massive admiration for lots of players. Richard Hill would be up there, along with Martin Johnson.
LeBron James is one of the best players in the league – and one of the best players to ever play the game.
There are so many really good players in the men’s game that no one person can dominate year after year.
You must respect people and work hard to be in shape. And I used to train very hard. When the others players went to the beach after training, I was there kicking the ball.
There was a rule at Rangers, going back to the 1950s, that players needed to turn up for every training session dressed in a suit and tie. I was a teenager. You’d have been lucky to see me in a jacket even on a Sunday – it just wasn’t my style.
Cricket needs brightening up a bit. My solution is to let the players drink at the beginning of the game, not after. It always works in our picnic matches.
I speak to the Spanish players that we have in Spanish.
All good players need to be appreciated.
A band’s only unique thing is its chemistry, especially if none of you are prodigious players or particularly handsome. The one thing you have is your uniqueness, so we hold on to that.
An entrepreneur will do whatever they have to do to make sure things get done. Our coaches will be that way; our players will be that way. Just do what it takes.
Right now I like baseball, hockey and tennis players. And horseback riders.
I also think there’s too many players who say the same boring answers, they don’t even have to turn up to interviews because journalists answer their own questions the way they ask them. Unfortunately the way it is now players are so afraid to say anything, but I’d like them to be honest.
I think there’s always pressure at Arsenal to win trophies – it’s nothing new – and to us, as players, we know what we are capable of doing.
Somebody tell the damn players to start playing like old school.
My primary influences were the best jazz players from the 50’s and 60’s and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians.
The biggest problem for badminton is wind direction and lighting. If those problems are not solved, it seriously impacts players’ performances on the court. If a high-level player’s performance is affected by these factors, they suffer setbacks and cannot be fully satisfied on the court.
Football players have always got a problem, some pain, and in some games, I have had small problems with my knee or some pain, and I played anyway, but people don’t know if I have a problem or not. People just know if you score a goal or if you play badly, but they never know if you are well or not.
I know it’s more five-star now than it was then, but it’s still a difficult tour. In the same way as India and Pakistan players find it difficult coming to Australia. People sometimes have difficulty believing that.
Of course you think about the goalkeeper you are facing before a game. You have to prepare yourself for the game and think about the weakness of the players you are up against.
We talked with PSG, but quickly, I knew that it wasn’t where I wanted to go. In France, for me, it was only Lyon. PSG could have enabled me to make progress because they have great players, but I wanted to experience another league.
A professional player is smarter than a college man. He uses his noodle. He knows what to do and when to do it. He rarely goes up in the air as is the case with most of our college players when they get in a tight place.
What I always do is just look at the players, look at the best 11 they can put on the pitch.
I’m busy working on every aspect of my game – defense, shooting, rebounding – but I really want to become a better overall team player. Help my teammates become better players out on the court in order to win more ball games.
I had the chance to play with Alan Shearer to join the list of class players I’d played with at a young age at Leeds – the Vidukas, Smiths, Kewells, and Woodgates.
We have to understand the abilities of the players. We will try to build a game model with our ideas and with the players we have.
Moral victories are really more for coaches than players.
When you talk about forming an offensive identity, it’s about, first, let’s figure out what our players do best.
The most important thing for me is to feel that young players want to learn on the training pitch. If they spend 10 hours sitting around playing PlayStation, that’s their business.
I like teams to control and dominate the ball so the players are hungry for the ball.
I talk a lot about Jackie MacMullan. Think about the trust and the equity Jackie has built with people in this game. When you watch her work, there is such a high level of respect given. It’s hard to describe it, but you can see it when players engage with her.
Although I am not in the thick of things when it comes to T20 cricket, but as an ODI captain, I’d like to give more stability to the players.
I actually don’t invest in anything that is social, mobile, deals or ad networks simply because those are areas where there are so many players and so many other smart people in the space, I feel like I don’t have a competitive advantage. So I tend to go after things that are e-commerce, like healthcare.
For me, good football is not about how many skills you show or how many players you beat. It’s about making the right decision every time you have the ball.
I think there are some players born to play ball.
I don’t think there’s been that many indigenous players in Australia.
I believe in myself, I believe in my players. My target is to try to get them to believe in themselves and believe in their colleagues. These are the things that we must do.
It’s always nice seeing a stadium when it’s full, and as players, that’s what we want to be playing in front of.
Often, players talk when they feel they are not being valued as they deserve. Then they get more attention.
What’s so amazing in today’s society is people look up to football players. And as a football player, you have a platform. And it’s so much more important than any touchdown or trophy or anything you could win with football. Its taking that platform and be able to influence people.
Players today are concerned about the money, but the large dollars only go to those players who are the best.
The only players I hurt with my words are the ones who have an inflated opinion of their ability. I can’t worry about that.
A lot of the major players in the 1960s were the same as the 1940s and 1950s – Hitchen’s ‘Sleep with Slander.’ Armstong’s ‘Lemon in the Basket,’ which is a fusion of the political assassination thriller and a family drama. And Hughes’s ‘The Expendable Man.’
I think that if a player wants to be at the very top, he needs to win the Champions League and league titles. That’s what makes the great players truly great.
I feel like Josh, Michelle and Adam were all team players, who wanted to be a part of an ensemble.
Never stop believing in yourself; play with your qualities. You always have to keep making steps. Progress is everything. The big players, every season, they become a new player: they learn, and they learn. That’s the key.
The bigger, stronger, faster and meaner my players are, the better I coach.
It’s easy for me to get along with chess players. Even though we are all very different, we have chess in common.
It’s always good to play with big players, you know.
Part of being a Manchester United player under Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps the most important part of being one of United’s attacking players was that when you were in possession, you had to take risks in order to create goal-scoring chances. It was not an option; it was an obligation.
My dad is a huge Habs fan. He’d always be yelling at the TV and screaming at the players. I just started watching with him once, and I became a big fan.
Games of chance often involve some amount of skill; this does not make them legal. Good poker players often beat novices. But poker is still gambling, and running a poker room – or online casino – is illegal in New York.
I think that by and large chess players have been very kind. Like I said there have been a few incidents, but they certainly didn’t serve to bring me down any.
Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar – Kane has been on that level. He is one of those players that is irreplaceable and I am sure that Tottenham will be doing all they can to make sure he stays.
We have to get to a point in this country where our top players are seeking out the most challenging environments.
I’m a fair manager, put it that way. I like to be fair with the players, but there’s a time for discipline.
Punctuality and showing respect in the workplace are the foundations of success. Success is meaningless without them. I’m always looking to pass these lessons on to younger players, because they are the secret of excelling and developing your game.
Football is a worldwide business consortium and to satisfy that best you need to find the best players.
Well, to tell you the straight honest truth, it was like a Grateful Dead cover band. I didn’t feel – and nothing against the guys – I didn’t feel that they were opening up like they should. I’ll tell you what, with guitar players, Steven has what I like in guitar players.
I learned at an early stage that the most important thing I could do for my players was to give them the tools necessary to beat their opponent.
Individual players don’t win titles no matter how good you are as a player. The best players in the world need a team around them. It is about the team, and we are playing for the badge.
I think the future looks great for music, musicians, bass players, and all we love about music.
I don’t think my players are robots. They are humans and make errors.
I’m very happy that major players are always giving their opinions about my life, my game. I am very thankful for that.
A lot of players will tell you, ‘When I was a kid, I watched Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, LeBron, Magic, and I wanted to be just like them.’ For me, it wasn’t like that at all.
People were always saying how modern players need to be able to play in two or three positions, and those words stuck in my head. I think that I can do just that.
We pick players on their profiles. Over the years, I’ve learned that, if you have one cog that’s not quite right in the system, that flow of how you want to play can’t work.
We know the history of players at Real Madrid and things are not easy at that club.
Arsenal have a history of bringing through youngsters, giving them opportunities, and turning them into world-class players.
It’s something that jazz has gotten away from, and it’s unfortunate. Players aren’t physical anymore.
I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.
God gave me all this; why waste the talent that he gave me? Why not go full throttle with it all and try to become in the class with the greatest players that ever played the game? That’s just a great feeling.
I got to learn the French tactical way and then learn from all these players who’ve been on the world stage for so long.
It’s important to make sure your players have the mindset that playing international cricket is still the ultimate form of cricket.
It would be great to have more Spanish players at Manchester United.
I think my top salary was maybe in 1966. I made $17,000 and 11 of that came from selling other players’ equipment.
The woman’s tour is very tough for all of the players.
Narcissism is a trait universally unappreciated by human beings, and NFL players fall into this human bucket.
It wasn’t about the X’s and the O’s and the strategy; it was more about keeping 12 guys focused and committed to a task. That group dynamic, and then helping them to grow as people and basketball players.
I’m not religious. In Spain all 22 players make the sign of the cross before they enter the pitch. If it works all matches must therefore end in a draw.
Of course, becoming champions is something we all want, but I think that the best ‘championship’ for a manager is to see players like Koke, Lucas Hernandez, Angel Correa – lads who have come up from all the way down in the lower divisions – become professionals of a high standard.
As a captain, I think it’s important that the players really know who you are and what you stand for, what your beliefs are, and to be consistent in those if things are going good or things are going bad.
I was a sullen kid who smoked cigarettes and wore black every day, and I went to a school that was lacrosse players and Izods.
In Nashville, good guitar players are a dime a dozen.
I’m just very happy that the Celtics really take the time and they consider us not only as players, but as people, and people that have families.
Lots of young players have triumphed at United, so why can’t it happen to me? I’m not worried I’m young – it’s an incentive to do the best I can.
I think, a lot of times, players get in trouble when they’re asked questions and they think they have to find a way to answer it. If you ask me a question and I say, ‘I don’t know,’ there’s really no follow-up.
Football’s about the young players, bringing youth team players through to the first team and hopefully getting the best out of them so they can go on to play for their country.
We need just two players to be a contender. Just Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax.
It’s always about ‘what have you done for me lately.’ As players we see what is going on.
The NFL, and I’ve played a lot of years for them, and they have a lot of restrictions on their players, they have restrictions on their licensees, they have restrictions on everything.
Rejuvenation of younger players should be the job of the Indonesian Badminton Association. But local competitions will help identify new talent.
I prefer Liverpool. The way we play is good for all of our players.
I try to avoid all mistakes. I try to prepare my players and to put them in the best condition to play the game. If you discover a problem during the game, it is too late. You must anticipate and prepare.
I have great memories of my years in Edmonton and the players who were my teammates.
Growing up, I looked up to major league baseball players, and now these young women have amazing, incredible women all across the board, from swimming to gymnastics to softball to basketball. It is incredible how far women have come and women in sports have come.
Great players will always be able to play with other great players.
It is going to be difficult for the West Indies to get back to the top, but we got to start somewhere, and if playing young players is the way we have decided to go, these young players must be given the chance to mature and develop and not be discarded at an early age.
When you have players like Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale, and Joe Allen, you’ve got to play football.
Everybody who has ever played for Bayern knows how good this club is for its players. We are all grateful to be playing for Bayern.
I think generally the Japanese players have more intensity in practice but generally I do the same things.
Blues music is becoming more and more popular than it ever was. I’m always meeting people on the road that are really young, and are guitar players. male and female.
If you are going to be successful, there is no point in having three or four top individual players, because those players will win you games, but they will never win you titles.
I’d read about NBA players in magazines when I was growing up in Congo, but I had never actually seen what NBA basketball looked like because we didn’t have access to a satellite for TV.
I never want to be like somebody but be my own person, but follow along those lines like a Matt Millen, Michael Strahan. There’s so many players that have transitioned to being an anchor or a broadcaster, and it kind of just goes hand-in-hand.
The best football players in the world still earn very little money compared to people who really earn money.
There is a risk women’s football becomes the most popular spectator sport that fans tune into every four years but are not interested in parting with their money to watch the same players on their doorstep.
At clubs like Liverpool, great players come and go.
I admit I was somewhat concerned when we started to sign so many players – naturally you are going to worry about whether you can retain your place in the side.
Sometimes guys need to cry. Some hockey players think they’re too tough to cry.
I don’t have any tricky plays, I’d rather have tricky players.
While we glorify football players for their accomplishments on the field, they are not heroes.
It’s getting better and better. You know, guys are feeling more comfortable and they are not afraid to speak up and be a leader. I mean, our team, we have 25 players, we have about 25 leaders, too. So whatever someone says, people listen.
If your best players are taking a shortcut, they’re going to have problems holding everyone else accountable and responsible.
A coach once told me there are four factors that determine a players’ performance: his tactical awareness, his physical condition, his technical ability and his mental strength.
Michu and Van Persie are similar. They look alike. They are both tall, left-footed players. They are not fast, but they know when to make the runs.
I don’t like to talk about players who haven’t played; I prefer to talk about the ones who have.
The poet Melvin B. Tolson once said, ‘A civilization is judged only in its decline.’ That made sense to me. I would imagine the same is true for poets and tennis players.
We should because when coaches get fired, the players have a lot to do with it.
There’s always room for improvement. We have a nucleus that’s pretty good. You want players that will help.
Every United player understands what United is about. The players understand it is a privilege to play for United.
Some players get over-dependable on their coaches.
Major league baseball has asked its players to stop tossing baseballs into the stands during games, because they say fans fight over them and they get hurt. In fact, the Florida Marlins said that’s why they never hit any home runs. It’s a safety issue.
I always like the players to be within 10 to 15 metres of each other. When the attacking players try what I am asking them to do, and it breaks down, there are players close enough to then go and win the ball back and counter press the game.
I do believe Allen Iverson knew this, and I believe all the players know this: that certain referees treat them much better than others.
The American professional schedule gives players a six-month off-season, so many of us have become pickup regulars while training without an organized team.
It’s hard for young players to see the big picture. They just see three or four years down the road.
Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time spots. That’s who I want to be.
Japanese players do not like being thrown into an arena in which they are given very little instruction. You can head in any direction, 360 degrees. They say, ‘What am I supposed to do? Give me hints. Provide me service instead of just throwing me into this arena.’
Look, coaching is about human interaction and trying to know your players. Any coach would tell you that. I’m no different.
Yes, we’ve seen it all before. And yes, those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it. But no, the sky is not falling – baseball is such a great game that neither the owners nor the players can kill it. After some necessary carnage, market forces will prevail.
I don’t go out at all. I have my three restaurants that I go to, and that’s it. I spend the least possibly time here on-site because that takes energy away as well. There is a lot of people, you know. It’s massive kind of stadium, a lot of players.
As a coach you can influence the diet of your players. You can point out what is wrong.
First of all, it was such an honor to be chosen. You had to be voted in by players and coaches that time. But having it in Hawai’i was a brilliant idea.
I had no idea until I joined the games industry and met some of the power players, particularly those running large public companies, that much of this world is run by complete clowns.
When I signed my first contract with Sao Paulo I still wasn’t sure that I was going to have a successful career. Even after you turn professional the competition is so intense, and as I was a bit older than some of the other players, I thought that it would be harder for me.
We try to recruit good players and good people.
I think I earned the players’ respect, and that’s the ultimate in life, isn’t it? I didn’t care if they liked me or disliked me, as long as I had their respect.
You should never be defined by what you do, by the things you have; you’ve got to define yourself by who you are and who you impact and how you impact people. And that’s the thing I try to get across to my players.
You try on purpose to get players with different qualities which will rub off on one another.
At Real, psychological pressure on the players is much more serious than at United. This is good. At many clubs, you don’t know the consequence of playing badly.
One is my club, I want to develop those players, and I want to be in the beginning at least, until I have everything ready, I want to spend as much time to develop those kids as possible.
One person’s going to win, and everybody else is going to not win. So let’s not feel like we’re losers. Let’s utilize the cultural opportunities, get to know the other players on the other team, look around you, enjoy your world series.
I criticize a lot of players and coaches. But I back it up with facts. A lot of times guys get mad at me because someone told them what I said. I say, ‘You’re wrong: Go check the tape.’
Young players need freedom of expression to develop as creative players… they should be encouraged to try skills without fear of failure.
They thought we were going to hurt the game, but we just wanted to help ourselves, because the players needed to get together to protect their interests.
Maybe Klopp is the best manager in the world at creating teams who attack the back four with so many players, from almost anywhere on the pitch. They have an intensity with the ball and without the ball, and it is not easy to do that.
Young boys must be taught to play football without leading with or lowering their heads. Young players must be drilled over and over and over with Heads Up Football skills until that skill set becomes muscle memory and second nature.
Getting the best out of your best players gets the best out of the team.
My heroes were always soccer players.
I’ll miss the competitive side and the camaraderie of being around the players and competing each and every day.
Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world, and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United – on the left wing! My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes. Central midfield is Shinji’s best role.
Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in the world. He’s very underrated.
‘Doom’ aficionados expand their adventures as far as their imaginations and artistic abilities allow. Once players have exhausted the ‘authorized’ levels of ‘Doom,’ they can go on to explore thousands of additional unauthorized levels available in kits and on the Internet.
I watch a lot of hockey. There are some good hockey players and there are some awfully stupid hockey players.
At Atletico, I always played with older players, sometimes out of position. I’d keep going back until I beat them.
My job, when it comes to free agency, trades, is not to pick players, but support the personnel department and the coaching staff. We have to have the financial resources to make things happen and that’s my job.
The trouble is not that players have sex the night before a game. It’s that they stay out all night looking for it.
As you can probably tell, the push to develop talent in Africa is personal. I grew up there. I played there. I know how much talent there is. We have to concentrate on building facilities, establishing successful leagues and finding investors to help young players.
A different type of human has to play that sport. Hockey players keep fighting – nobody cares what’s wrong with you, as long as you have one foot to skate on, you keep playing.
I like to watch soccer, no matter what teams or players are in the field.
All the NFL players I have examined pathologically, I have not seen one that did not have changes in their brain system with brain damage.
Players have two things to do. Play and keep their mouths shut.
My philosophy is that you don’t motivate players with speeches; you have motivated players that you draft. That’s where they come in, and those are the guys that are competitive. You can not teach competitiveness.
I think there are much bigger differences between players in this league than between coaches. There is a big gap between LeBron James and the small forward for whoever. Far bigger than between two coaches.
In the Under-21s, I played good football for several years, trying to play the same game as the best and with some very good players.
It’s not easy for the players change the racquet.
I hustle, I run down the line, I do whatever I can to win ball games. Those are the only things we can control as baseball players.
There’s nobody you can point to in the world that doesn’t make a mistake. The best players, the best business people, the best coaches. So one thing is not going to make or break a person.
If I look at my era, you looked at the black players who were playing then and there weren’t many – Clyde Best… Certainly as each generation has gone, there have been role models for young black players to aspire to.
It’s more difficult to achieve something with the national team because players from several clubs get together and less frequently.
My dad taught me, like, no matter what, when I go out and play against these bigger players, just to be myself. I knew that I was good enough and that I had the ability to. I never shy away from anyone, and I don’t think anyone should.
It was a wonderful experience to play in the NFL, and I have no regrets. I truly will miss playing for the Lions. I consider the Lions’ players, coaches, staff, management and fans my family. I leave on good terms with everyone in the organization.
Society is indeed better off when we share knowledge with one another and have open debates about the issues in the public arena, with the hands and motives of the players identified.
Ashley Cole is a fantastic defender. I have seen him keep the best players in the world quiet.
I personally believe that more and more players think that 10 hours is the right kind of play time for a game.
Free speech is against governments, not against the NBA. So the players and coaches and indeed owners have been fined for their speech, which is costly rather than free. I sort of acknowledge that there is not free speech when you agree to work in the NBA.
I think average players are able to play well now and again, or they’ll play very, very well. Good players or great players, nine times out of ten, they have good games.
Time and time again, the players constantly surprise you and often not do at all what you expect and completely muck up your preparation, and that’s kind of the beauty of the game. It wouldn’t be as fun to the DM if everything worked out exactly how you thought it would.
I’m trying to be the coach. My actors are my players. They’re doing things that I’m too cowardly to do myself.
Sometimes I say in France: Europe is no more the center of the world – and the United States, neither. We have other key players on the international stage: China, of course; but also Brazil, India and South Africa. And their influence is very, very strong.
I think, actually, any morality system that rewards only the extremes is a flawed system. Players don’t approach life that way, they don’t approach games that way, and they shouldn’t be trained to approach games that way. They shouldn’t be in the ‘Star Wars’ mode where, ‘I’ve got to choose every good option.’
Dark Souls is in some ways an incomplete game, and I like to think that it has been completed by players, by their discoveries, as they moved along. I’d love to say that the nature of this incompleteness was completely deliberate, but it is both deliberate and by accident in different ways.
I truly believe that players who tell you they don’t feel the pressure of international cricket, of being away from home for months at a time, are lying to everyone and themselves.
Often there are players who have only football as a way of expressing themselves and never develop other interests. And when they no longer play football, they no longer do anything; they no longer exist, or rather they have the sensation of no longer existing.
People say you can’t go out and eat with your players. I say why not.
Man, coaching is a hard job, and it requires a lot of time… I hear stories from coaches who tell me that players call them in the middle of the night not knowing where they parked their car. You are baby-sitting rich, spoiled kids… I don’t know where you parked your car!
Superstar NBA players don’t just change positions in their prime. Not eight years into their careers… not when they’ve been consistently at the top of the league in scoring… and especially not when their team lacks another dominant scorer.
We want to be strong and we want to be in a position to maximise the potential of the players in every game because it’s a long season with 46 league games.
I’m on the board of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which is run by Dr. Stacy Smith – she conceived of the inclusion rider. What I love about the inclusion rider is it uses the fact that Hollywood is based on hierarchies, and it knows that these key players have persuasive power.
My parents have been volleyball players, and my dad is an Arjuna awardee in volleyball.
There’s those young girls that I once was, looking up to Mia Hamm, Christine Lilly, all those players, and I know how much of an effect they had on me. Knowing that, I feel like I’m in a position where I can really help be a positive influence in girls’ lives.
The life was good in Qatar but I did not enjoy the football. For me, 12 months was enough. The standard was low, but not that low. It was OK but the ambition was not there from the players. It was like playing for nothing. I didn’t like that feeling.
The great secret is that an orchestra can actually play without a conductor at all. Of course, a great conductor will have a concept and will help them play together and unify them. But there are conductors that actually inhibit the players from playing with each other properly.
When I look back over my career, having an opportunity to compete against really good players like Lester Hayes are some of the highlights.
There is a mutual respect that exists between coaches and players, and ultimately, it’s about us trying to help them reach their highest potential.
Even if I’m the worst player in the NBA, I’m one of the best players in the world.
When I look back at what I had to go through in black baseball, I can only marvel at the many black players who stuck it out for years in the Jim Crow leagues because they had nowhere else to go.
The biggest memory I have is the 1984 European Cup final against Roma and my ‘spaghetti legs’ routine during the penalty shoot-out that won us the trophy. People said I was being disrespectful to their players, but I was just testing their concentration under pressure. I guess they failed that test.
There are already gay players in the NFL and have been for a while.
When I was a young player, I would look at players and think, he does this well, and try and pick up good points from them, or he conducts himself well, I’ll pick up on that.
I’m not God’s gift to rockabilly. There’s great players out there, and some of them deserve a lot more than they’ve gotten.
I think the blues is fine for blues players, but free blues has never made much sense to me.
We have to talk about the players we have.
There are lots of mentally very tough players that I have played against and with.
I like to study everything: the way to be dangerous when you are attacking; what the players should do when you don’t have the ball; where they should be. The tactics you tell the players to follow come from all this study.
Umpires, like players, are expected to show constant improvement each season and at each level. Inconsistent plate work and the inability to handle situations are probably the two biggest problems that minor league umpires face.
Barcelona has always had issues with Brazilian players: Neymar, Romario, Ronaldinho, and me. We were all treated badly by the club in the end, despite all our contributions and dedication.
I just think overall a lot of it has to do with conditioning and players putting in the time and the effort in the off-season to keep themselves in condition for 12 months a year.
The new Pirates! builds on that legacy delivering an even more powerful and fun experience to players… and is still unmatched in offering a blend of genres in one great game.
Sports build good habits, confidence, and discipline. They make players into community leaders and teach them how to strive for a goal, handle mistakes, and cherish growth opportunities.
At every club I have been at I have had a test in the first few weeks from the big players at the club. At that moment you define your success at that club, you either win the group or you lose the group.
Two years ago, of course, I was just a rookie and listened to everybody. In a way I am still a rookie. I’m only 23 and I’ll be surrounded by great players who have played in a lot more Ryder Cups than myself. But the rankings say I am the best player at the moment and so that brings a responsibility.
In the modern game, players need to train harder than they did in my day.
Consistency in selection is great but it’s a whole lot easier if you’ve got players who warrant that consistency through their performances.
I played the mini-tours for a lot of years, and man, you see some weird things out there. There are a lot of desperate people, strange personalities and marginal players, and with that you’re going to see some cheating.
I’m not pro-owner or pro-player. I am pro-football. I want the game to go on. I want the game to be tough. I don’t want the game to be a killer of our players.
The NBA is getting bigger. Basketball is getting better around the world. There are more players. There are better coaches around it, so that’s why there are more international players, not only Hispanic players, but from everywhere.
All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.
All of a sudden I’m in the major leagues and we’re traveling from town to town. I see the other players dressing different every day. I’ve got only one suit and I keep wearing it over and over. I’m really embarrassed.
My mother was a champion high-jumper. My three brothers are basketball players. We’ve all been very athletic.
If Roger stopped right now and never won another match, to me he’d already be one of the greatest players to ever play the game. To me, he’s the greatest all around talent that I’ve ever seen.
I don’t really find it to be a man-dominated industry. I mean, I guess when you look at it, it is, but I don’t really look at it as a female or male thing, or female or male guitar players or whatever.
Bryan Gray at Preston gave me a chance, even though Joe Royle and Ian Rush were being linked with the job. He taught me an awful lot about structuring the job and encouraged me to invest in young players.
I’m going to try to enjoy the All-Star break, hope my players reflect on what happened the first half of the season, come back with a different attitude, try to find our solution on how to win it.
Ajax was spending too much money; they were buying players that were too expensive. If you get 100 per cent, you can’t spend 120 per cent. It’s quite easy.
Sports in Indonesia aren’t being supported by the government. The rewards you get as a young player don’t match the effort you put in. I want to be different from other athletes, if not better, and I want to make something good out of my profile and help the younger players have opportunities.
Baseball is a public trust. Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over. But baseball goes on.
I am inspired by all kinds of players and singers.
From the time when I started out, the best players around then were Roberto Baggio and Ryan Giggs.
It’s all right buying all these good players but they’ve got to gel, and that takes time.
For several years, I have had my eye on second baseman Del Pratt of St. Louis. I cannot say that he is a better player than our own Joe Gedeon, but he has played better ball, and we wanted him. Well, how did I get him? I paid $15,000 in cash and gave away a number of good players for him. But what can you do?
I played with a lot of great players before. They’re all the same. They take a lot of responsibility for their own play, put a lot of pressure on themselves to perform and to play well.
I get excited after I dunk. I yell and scream, but it’s not yelling and screaming at other players to show them up. It’s the way I play. What I do is have fun on the court.
I have found that the players who have played in that game really do have respect for their adversaries.
I long for the days when athletes were revered. I want to see the romance return to sports, to see people enjoy the game purely for the game and the players.
The math works. Over the course of a season, there’s some predictability to baseball. When you play 162 games, you eliminate a lot of random outcomes. There’s so much data that you can predict: individual players’ performances and also the odds that certain strategies will pay off.
Ultimately, rugby players are like surfers. You look for the perfect wave, but you don’t always find it. And if you did, you’d probably pack up and try something else.
Look at the better players of my era – Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd. They had pros they worked with from time to time, but out on Tour, thousands of miles from home, each of them learned to be his own best coach. I think Tiger can do the same.
From the time I was 3, I wanted to be a major-league player. To accomplish that at 35, get my name on my jersey, be in the clubhouse with major-league players, see my family for the first time in three months, be in my home state and pitch the day I got called up, was incredible.
As far as other instrumentalists, I used to love mellow sax players like Paul Desmond. I love piano.
I am not saying that I am at the same level as Messi or Ronaldo. They are the best two players in the world, but I am very proud that I managed to finish above them in the goalscoring charts, especially as I was playing for Atletico Madrid, not Barcelona or Real Madrid.
I have no distributor… it is indicative to me that there are these pockets of players and collectors all over. You should see the correspondence I get from over the world letting me know how significant they think I am. I know that wherever I go, I am well received.
Where Joe was more vocal and emotional whereas Chuck was very reserved. But, both of them executed great strategy and both of them demanded a lot of their players.
Football is definitely present in the tennis world. Given the mix of nationalities that exists in the changing rooms, there’s inevitably a bit of a rivalry between the players, especially in terms of the UEFA Champions League or competitions in which national teams compete.
The 24-hour news cycle is kind of insatiable. Players in the ’80s and ’90s didn’t have to deal with that scrutiny.
If every player is on the left, and I am on the right, you need to trust me that I have seen something the other players have not seen.
For me, the training has to be a mixture of hard work – it has to have a good structure, a good base – but also, I don’t want all my players to be like machines.
Really, coaching is simplicity. It’s getting players to play better than they think that they can.
The unwritten rule in college basketball is the black assistant goes and gets the black players. Don’t worry about the X’s and O’s. Just recruit.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with lots of really good players, so it would be disrespectful to single out the best.
When you come to a game, it’s supposed to be fun for the players and the fans.
Some players have 18 years in football. But some players are injured before they start. When I thought like that I said: ‘If I compare with that I have been very lucky. At least I had 10 years of a beautiful experience that changed my life for ever.’
That’s the great thing about golf is you never know who is going to win. On good, tough golf courses, it brings it back to the best players. But it’s always the best player that week is going to win. I mean, so it could be anybody.
I had given up the guitar between ’75 and ’78. I completely lost interest. I was sick of hearing other guitar players and I was tired of my tunes.
On my long list of hates about RPGs, one of them was, I always felt it was an unnecessary chore to make you care about a world when, in fact, what most players care about is their own personal experience.
There are players who are arrogant, and players who probably need more self-confidence. But if you get the balance right, you can get the best out of yourself.
I got players with bad watches – they can’t tell midnight from noon.
Don’t try to kid yourself that your game is about pace if it isn’t. If you’re a big guy like me you need to look at how similarly built players use that physical presence to influence a game. Accept that your build may have some limitations – but plenty of plus points too.
It’s not only what happens on the court that makes us the players we are; it’s also everything that happens outside the court.
I never really listened to any particular trombone players.
I think tennis is going towards the direction of powerful, hard hitters, and that’s what us tall people are. We are trying to play very aggressive; we’re trying to make a lot of winners, and, I mean, I don’t know. That’s what tall players kind of do.
I knew I wasn’t a baseball writer. I was scared to death. I really was afraid to talk to players, and I didn’t want to go into the press box because I thought I was faking it.
Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.
The Porto players were with me for two and a half years, they believed in me, in my methods, in the way we do it. The next day I go and a manager arrives who works completely differently.
Eliminating the piano means that I’ve always worked closer with the bass than most players.
Some of the money from the senior players goes to helping out the younger kids. It is from the players’ pool, the fines for being late and so on. Some will go to something like the tsunami appeal and some to helping out young players.
Obviously you’d always be happy to have another tour on the side, earning extra money, but for most of the players I think we’re all pretty happy.
I like my players to be married and in debt. That’s the way you motivate them.
I was so focused on winning and coaching; there were times players felt like I was really tough on them and hard on them. Now, I try to be more considerate with how I get my message across.
River is a fantastic club that goes beyond just football. They offer so many sports and activities within the club. There are schools for young players, and its DNA can be identified by every other club in Argentina.
I think the best players in the world make the players around them better. And I’m always trying to do that.
But the equipment to protect the players hasn’t developed along with that, so now you have more players out with worse injuries, for longer periods of time.
I loved being on the set of ‘Field of Dreams’ because I hung out with the baseball players all day, played cards, flirted with Ray Liotta, and had a ball.
When a point guard is unselfish and thinking about the team, about winning first, it relates to the other players. So, I think that is my style of play.
I think it’s a very important collaboration between the conductor and the orchestra – especially when the conductor is one more member of the orchestra in the way that you are leading, but also respecting, feeling and building the same way for all the players to understand the music.
Among players, coaches, people who know football, yes I feel I get recognition.
Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game.
Great players must always produce and at any time or in any game. Give them a ball and a pitch, and they will show what they’ve got. That relaxed, calm spirit you don’t really have when you are young.
You can have a bunch of individually good players, but it doesn’t matter. You gotta learn to play like a team.
You want the players in the locker room to know you as that kid that fights ’til the end, has that never-say-die attitude.
I have a lot of power. Here, I can decide: training at six in the morning! Training 11 in the night! But my style is not to impose. I would like to convince the players of what they are doing. This takes more time.
You have to help your players understand that when they speak to the media, or when they tweet or text or e-mail, a lot of times, they become public knowledge.
As time goes by, as players we have to continually evolve.
Donning a glove for a backyard toss, or watching a ball game, or just reflecting upon our baseball days, we are players again, forever young.
Barcelona is a fantastic football club, and I don’t think there are many players who would be able to say no to them.
Black and white players hadn’t appeared together in public before Teddy Wilson and I began working with B.G.
When I first joined the team, I was playing with the likes of Mia Hamm, Shannon MacMillan, Tiffeny Milbrett – all those big-time players. It was very intimidating. I had some of these players’ posters on my wall growing up, and now I was able to play with them.
I like to be funny. I can’t stay all the time focused, disciplined, controlled. Behaviour like that is impossible. If the players are too nervous before a game, I have to relax them, calm them.
For me, and I’ve been on record saying it, let’s create two leagues: one for players who want the college football experience, and another for those that want to get paid, have the NFL help fund it, whatever. Guys who don’t want to go to school to get an education, let them go to work.
Systems are overrated; players are underrated.
An auditory scenario for the players to act out with their instruments.
People have to understand how important it is for the players to let off steam, switch off and relax.
English banjo players really were a law unto themselves – you don’t find that kind of brisk banjo playing on the original Louis Armstrong or Bix Beiderbecke records.
I don’t like it when a player says, ‘I like freedom; I want to play for myself.’ Because the player has to understand he is part of a team with 10 other players. If everyone wants to be a jazz musician, it will be chaos. They will not be a team, and nothing will be possible.
Players shy away from talking to announcers today.
After the ’96 Olympics, we all started believing that this is bigger than we thought, and we were willing to do the work. We knew that it was up to us, the players, to make soccer successful.
Kobe is probably an idol for so many players. He was such a great player so you wanted to be like Kobe. He’s a legend that never dies.
He’s going to be around a long, long time, if his body holds up. That’s always a concern with a lot of players because of how much they play. A lot of guys can’t handle it. But it looks like he can.
A manager should stay as far away as possible from his players. I don’t know if I said ten words to Frank Robinson while he played for me.
During my years of professional cricket in England, I realised that although the Australians were talented players, tactically they were a bit naive when compared to those who played full-time on the English circuit. You might find this arrogant, but that was the reality then.