"The team was not successful in Europe during the last seasons, something that made the officials and the fans of the club sad, because they were not used in such failure. It is necessary for everybody at Panathinaikos to qualify, we have a squad strong enough to reach the top level of the competition.
I will give my best for that, our strategy is always fighting for the victory, no matter which the opponents are. We have a small advantage against AIK Stockholm now, but we can rely on that. I expect a difficult match, still we are all prepared for that. We will work during the whole week, focused on that.
I can not promise to score again, because I am a central defender, but if I have the chance, of course I will try to do it. The only thing I can promise is a very strong desire and fight, in order to be successful in the field again. Not only my goal, but also the victory was very important for Panathinaikos. It was the first official game of the season, in front of our fans, for an important competition.
The central defenders are not scoring so often, so I am very happy for my accomplishment. Since the day I arrived in Athens, the fans have supported me massively. I am trying to return their love by always giving my best in the field, representing this club is a very nice feeling", said the 29-year-old former international at "globoesporte.com" website.