"It will be an excellent emotion for me tomorrow, our first training at Karaiskaki Stadium made me so happy for being the manager of Olympiakos. The fans should bring their energy on the field and help us achieve our goal. Passion is very important in football, the fans become stronger because of the players and the opposite. So, we want to fill our stadium with passion ahead of that important home match.
We have to perform well, gain a positive result and don't forget that there is always the second leg and we have to take advantage from the home game. We must not conceive any goals on Wednesday and score as many as possible, in order to take the edge ahead of the second game. I have decided the starting lineup and hope that nothing unexpected will force me change my match plans.
My experience in football has taught me that there are no clear favorites, it has no real meaning saying something like that, probably only for the journalists and the Media. Any team could beat its opponents if the players perform well, we accept the responsibility that Olympiakos is an important club and has to advance to Champions League's group stage, but we have to be very serious and careful before that.
Not conceiving any goals tomorrow could be decisive for the qualification, we want to be strong in defense. Our opponents play a lot with counter attacks and speed, they are a team which is working very well in defense, with clear match plans and follow exactly the instructions of their manager. They have the best defense and the second best offense in their league, that proves that they have excellent balance.
Kostas Fortounis is a player with ability to perform in many positions of the attacking line, he has proved that during his whole career. This is something very useful for me, he has no problem of playing wherever I ask him to. It is not a trouble for us, we don't worry about that issue. Our squad has many quality players with ability to perform in some different positions, such as Kostas Fortounis and Chori Dominguez.
They can help us work on different playing styles, especially in attack, we have worked a lot on the matter of fitness condition and some footballers are tired after the pre-season. Still, they enjoy such fatigue issues, because that means that we have worked well ahead of Wednesday's clash. The statistics, the football record against israeli clubs and all the matters of the past are not important for Olympiakos.
Maybe they are helping those who are just sitting on chairs and thinking about them. We will not spend any of our energy considering the past, we are focused on the first leg and we will give our best in order to play well and gain the best possible result. We should avoid conceiving any goals and play clever in front, so we would be able of taking a clear victory", said the 40-year-old manager at the Press Conference.