Best quotes from the Euro 2020 group stage

PARIS: The group stage of Euro 2020 ended on Wednesday, with the last 16 starting this weekend, AFP Sport takes a look at some of the best quotes from the tournament so far ahead of the round of 16:

“Fortunately, John McGinn gave me some advice. He said, “If he comes, you have to nibble on his ear. But don’t be critical, be complimentary ”.

“So the whole time he was on it, I was telling him how good-looking he was, and I loved his calves, and I asked him how he made his hair look like this.”

– Scotland winger Stephen O’Donnell, addressing the ScotlandHQ, on how he managed to quash the threat of Englishman Jack Grealish, a John McGinn team-mate at Aston Villa, in a 0-0 draw.

“He’s an old player who works in the studio, isn’t he?” – 21-year-old Swedish striker Alexander Isak after former great England TV presenter turned Gary Lineker called him “exceptional talent”.

“I think everyone was expecting him. There was a little pressure on me from all over the country but I’m a footballer, a professional – I need that pressure. “

– Karim Benzema after ending nearly six years of waiting for an international goal.

“I promise you it won’t be 23 years before the next one.” – Scotland manager Steve Clarke, whose side finished last in Group D on their return to a major international tournament for the first time since the 1998 World Cup.

“We managed to get Christian back.” – Danish team doctor Martin Boesen after midfielder Christian Eriksen had to be revived on the pitch in the team’s first game against Finland.

“It’s crazy that we’re through. This team, these players … It’s fantastic to be a part of that. It’s totally amazing to hear people go crazy. “

– Danish winger Mikkel Damsgaard after scoring in a touching 4-1 win over Russia in Copenhagen, which put the team in the last 16.

“I feel like we are like a bottle of cava about to be uncorked.”

– Spain manager Luis Enrique in his squad after having drawn in their first two group matches. The triple champions then beat Slovakia 5-0 to qualify.

“I wanted to look like (MMA fighter) Nate Diaz, who is usually covered in blood after every fight. I was just imitating him. “- Czech striker Patrik Schick on his celebration after scoring against Croatia. He scored a penalty after being caught by Dejan Lovren’s elbow and celebrated by flexing his biceps, all the while wearing tampons on his bloody nose and blood stains on his face.

“It’s good to have a legend like Pozzo. But he has trophies bigger than the 30 games. “- Italy coach Roberto Mancini after his side equaled his country’s record of 30 games unbeaten, set under two-time World Cup winner Vittorio Pozzo between 1935 and 1939.

“I always said if I played Wembley in a major tournament I would score. I had to score in my back garden and delighted to do so. – England’s Raheem Sterling after scoring the game-winning goal against Croatia at Wembley, near where he grew up. – AFP

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