"Olympiakos can still qualify, I have lived such situations for many years with Olympiakos and Inter in the past. The opponents are a serious side, but not strong enough to eliminate a careful Olympiakos. The squad is almost the same with that of last season, which had a successful Champions League campaign and won Super League's title easily.
From my experience, everybody has to remain calm until the rematch, no disappointment, no threatening of the players, because they will fight for the qualification. The team needs calmness and determination now. Of course missing Marco Silva was a serious blow and I had told my opinion about that to the administration.
I don't know what he said with the officials of the club, but he called me 15 days after his departure, explained me some things and realized why he had to leave. It is not the time to speak about that now, Olympiakos will fight for the qualification with the players of the current squad and their new manager, Victor Sanchez.
I don't think that there is a risk when a manager has a certain philosophy in his mind and any team which hires a new manager should be aware of his philosophy. I think that it is wrong to change his plans all the time, have a bad influence on the team, do not insist in his personality and philosophy, this could create serious problems.
Each team should have an identity, no matter if they have great players or not. The squad of Olympiakos was almost the same last season, not an amazing side but with clear identity. Our opponents in Greece strengthened their squad, but it is still in Olympiakos' hands to retain the title. The president knows which transfers he should do.
Before my departure, I personally spoke with the president about that. Still, it is not only about the transfers and I say that because the fans believe that only the transfers can change the level of a team. I have a different opinion about that, you may sign good players, but don't see any real difference in the performances of your club.
Marco Silva has also asked about a striker, but I am not speaking about him, only about my opinion. We can't keep talking why Silva or Georgatos left Olympiakos, because in six days the team has to go to Israel strong and advance to the next round. Maybe we will speak about that issues later, only the match is important now.
The only thing I want to say, because I love Olympiakos and I was working for the club 15 hours every day, is that there is a person inside hurting the team. Of course, I am not speaking about the president, who really loves Olympiakos. That person did something very bad behind the backs of Marco Silva and me, but I will not speak more about him, I stop this discussion for the club's sake", said the 44-year-old former international winger.