"It is the most important match of the season, we have to make happy our presidents and fans, who are even stopping me in the streets asking me for the victory. We are not in our best form currently but nobody of us is afraid and we will give our best for a positive result, the table is not important at these games. We are all working hard and remain concentrated, taking energy from our fans, some of the injured will return and I am proud for all of my players.
It was very bad that we did not have the chance to play against them in first round, we all wanted it very much but now we should focus on Sunday's clash and only. Marco Silva is a young manager with quality ideas, I wish him all the best at his career after the match between us. I have not spoken with my former player Esteban Cambiasso because we are opponents now, he is a great footballer and a real champion.
I am under contract at Panathinaikos and not interested in rumours about Atalanta, my only responsibility is to build a strong side in the future, along with the president, working in my philosophy with respect for the squad and our supporters", said the Italian manager.