The Panathinaikos central defender talked for the game against AEK
"It will be my first derby against AEK. A old time derby and I hope the fans will enjoy it.”
About AEK: "We are playing against a very good team. Dellas did a great job over the years. They will come confident and with a new manager, we must start strong, be decisive, which we didn’t do in Touba. We have to win this match, we want it a lot. A new coach, of course, always works out very positively. AEK, however, are all well worked and I like Johansson. Silent player, but he has done a tremendous job. "
"Certainly we must have strength and concentration. Who is the more focused and make fewer mistakes will win. "
"It was a psychological injection before the derby against AEK. We wanted to win, to start well in the Cup.
"The fans are always on our side, in good and in difficult moments."
For his friendship with Kolovetsios: "Of course we talk. He is my friend. We have very good friendship since we played together for Larissa. I tell this child, because it resembles the modern Greeks! He looks at how to develop, how to go forward. I am happy that I have a friend ...”
For the defeat against PAOK and the title race, he said: "We lost valuable ground. We are far from the top spot, but the league is a marathon. There is faith, though. We look at each game separately and have faith. If there is no faith better not play football. "
For the criticism received after the derby Touba also mentioned the possibility to renew his contract with Panathinaikos, the Tavlaridis noted: "It's a bit early to talk about contract issue. I try to do the best I can. Errors make those who are on the bench and in the stands. I do not renounce my responsibilities. Criticism makes you better, but there are some who expect your first mistake to attack. Demis said about that in the past: There are some unhappy people that are trying to discredit you in order to feed the monster inside them. I leave them in their misery ..."