"I live close to the Olympic Stadium of Athens, which will host the second match between the two teams next Thursday. My daughter, which was born in Saint-Étienne, told me that she wants to attend this game. We have spoken a lot about the history of AS Saint-Étienne, a club with excellent reputation in Europe, and they are considered to be the favorites against AEK.
In Greece, we know AS Saint-Étienne from their strong presence 35-40 years ago, when Michel Platini was playing there. AEK have a new manager and probably a different playing style, their strongest line is in the midfield. Jacob Johansson and Andre Simoes are two excellent midfielders and the key players of the squad, they are cooperating very well.
Petros Mantalos is a famous and quality footballer, with technical ability, but Johansson and Simoes are more important according to my opinion. From my spell with AS Saint-Étienne (2007-10), I remember that we had managed to advance to Europa League at 2008, after six years. It was an excellent moment for the club and I will always remembering it.
I will never forget AS Saint-Étienne, because of their amazing supporters. Nowadays, close to the end of my playing career, I understand that the relationship between people in a club is very important in football. I remember all my teammates from back then and the president of the club of course. I am 100% supporting AS Saint-Étienne against AEK.
Things will not be easy for them, I expect two difficult games. Christophe Galtier is a very good manager and I am sure that he will prepare his team very well ahead of the first match, which would be decisive, especially because of the 'hot' atmosphere of AEK's supporters will create in Athens next week", said the 36-year-old former international.