The Uruguayan manager talked to the camera of AEK, which apart from the statements also presents his first moments at the Olympic Stadium, which will be at least until the summer- his new home. Watch the video by AEK.
"I enjoyed the awesome reception. You can see the everyone’s passion in this huge club. All I want is to work hard and get victories. And what better than to start with a victory in a derby like this on Sunday?
I knew a lot about AEK because one of my goals was, if I were to leave the Premier League, to find myself in one of the big clubs in Europe. I did not want to go anywhere but somewhere where I can win titles. Without doubt, AEK enables you to win things. I know enough about the Greek football, I had a lot of people that I spoke to about AEK. I'll just say one, the former coach of your National Sergio Markarian who talked with me immediately and it was fantastic for me
Our immediate goal is to stay as close as possible to the top. The key for us is not to lose other points and try to get closer. We will be focused in our efforts if the leaders continue to win, then we can say we are unlucky. But the key is to look after our own team.
I remain absolutely Uruguayan of course ... After so many years in England, I know life there, I know what to do and how to live in England, but I am 100% Uruguayan.
Undoubtedly, we Latin Americans are close to the Greek mentality in terms of the fans and way the game is played. So I want to see the team: play with passion and satisfy the fans. I want to see a team that will give everything to win.
My experience from many different countries, from many different football styles and attitudes helped me get the best. After Uruguay, France, Spain and England, I can communicate with any kind of People!
I know them Mediterraneans. Mediterranean is a fantastic place. Now I have the opportunity to live in Athens. It is a perfect city, a nice place. Even working, I will enjoy Athens. "