Llorente on choosing Spurs over Chelsea
“The truth is that Chelsea have been after me for a long time but at the end you know how this works.
“At the very last minute, Pochettino called me and convinced me.
“The Tottenham project is impressive. They have done very well in the last few years, and I think I fit very well with this project. I think I can help them a lot.”
Alvaro Morata on his Chelsea start
“At the moment, I’ve only scored and assisted with my head, so I hope to use my feet as well soon!
“But it’s true that English football is different to Italy and Spain. You don’t have much time to calm down, or relax, because all the time the ball is on fire!
“You need to be in good condition to play here and approach every match with a good mentality.
“In terms of the marking, it is probably the same here as in Italy with the teams that are maybe not at the top of the league – those teams are compact and it’s hard for us sometimes to break them down.
“But when the other team wants to play with the ball, you can find space. That’s when you find the spaces to attack the other team.”
Davide Zappacosta on his dream Champions League game
“Honestly, before I shot I was looking in the penalty box for an unmarked team-mate.
“Then I kicked it and at that point I didn’t understand anything. I went through those moments in a genuine trance: the ball in the net, the celebrations of the fans, the embrace from my team-mates.
“It was total chaos, but a beautiful chaos.
“The best night of my career? Without a doubt. I’ve never experienced a story like this. My Champions League debut, my first match for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and a spectacular goal. All perfect.”
Cesar Azpilicueta on the squad players
“We need everyone in the squad, we know it’s a long season – we have games every three days.
“That’s what we need, everyone pushing together to get the job done and making it difficult for the manager [to select his team]. For a striker to get a goal was important for him.
“The feeling [in the dressing room] is that we have to work hard and go game by game. We are the current [Premier League] champions but we are still in September and have the whole season ahead.
“When we lost against Burnley, it wasn’t finished. It isn’t finished now. We have to carry on with our mentality and try to win the trophies we want.” (Evening Standard)