"The absence of Vasilis (Spanoulis) made us sad, because he is our captain, and so did the absences of Sloukas and Brent (Petway)", the 25-year-old guard said. "However we proved that even with all the absences we are still Olympiacos. And it was proved in the other matches too".
Mantzaris believes that Olympiacos could qualify for the Euroleague Final Four, even without home-court advantage. "We cannot be satisfied if do not manage to earn home-court advantage, because we had an amazing first round, but the advantage does not secure the qualification for the Final Four. I can actually say that Olympiacos has nothing to be afraid of, if we are all healthy and don't face any last minute problems. Our roster is more complete than ever and we believe we can do it. That is the way we have to think against every opponent".