The two teams are facing each other in Euroleague playoffs for a second consecutive season and the Greek coach said that there won't be any easy matches, whereas he stated that he should keep his feelings for Panathinaikos to himself.“We've watched almost every game of Panathinaikos in Top 16 and some in regular season. Undoubtedly, they're a very good team, very competitive, with a lot of experience and players with titles and Final Four appearances. It'll be tough. We must focus on the first game. We need discipline and motive. We need our fans. I know that on matchday, CSKA has no other activities so there aren't any excuses, we need everyone's support”.