"We have already won Super League, but Olympiakos are aiming for the victory in every game and these derbies are very important for our fans. More than a year has passed since the last match between the two teams, because in first round we did not manage to play although we both wanted it, and with respect to a great opponent we are ready to beat them and prove again that we deserve to be the champions.
Andrea Stramaccioni is a good manager, who works hard to prepare his team well and we both respect each other, of course he is also desiring to win on Sunday but our team is better, with more quality. I am not looking to any particular footballer of Panathinaikos, because I believe that we have the best players in Greece, we won Super League and we were also close to the Greek Cup, but unfortunately it was interrupted.
At such derbies mentality, passion and intelligence are important, but not us much as the clear mind and quality of the squad, we should be patient and not be influenced from anything outside the field. Our fans have proved in the past that they can support us by keeping excellent behavior and I want to ask them to do that again, during a difficult time for football in this country", said the Portuguese manager.