"Winning games boost the squad's morale, we need to play with the same passion we had against Veria in order to beat Asteras Tripolis. The opponent is an attacking team with quality, the first minutes of the match will be very important. I am unlucky, I came to Panathinaikos because the club has incredible fans and we are playing behind closed doors. However, this is the situation and we 'll have to wait, but empty stadiums are one of the most negative things for football.
We all want Michael Essien to return to top-level, he can offer a lot with his personality and experience. When he'll return in 100% match fitness, he will prove that he is one of our best players. I have nothing to say about the charges of illegal contracts in Italy, it's an old story and I made my position clear to my agent and the lawyers", said Stramaccioni on greek TV.