"The sold out of the fans gives to the technical staff, the players and all the members of the club strength and confidence. You know what it means for us to see Toumba Stadium full of our supporters. The fans will be supporting us from the first until the last minute of the game, I am sure that my players will prove that they are real men and give a solid performance. I wish that we will manage to qualify in the end.
It is nice that there are no injured players, only Varela is not at 100% yet. All the others are OK, maybe Canas a little behind in fitness condition, but he has improved during the last week. He is in the match squad and he will help us if necessary. I am not thinking how to keep 0-0, this is a different clash. You will see tomorrow our tactics and plays, the first leg is over and things are different now.
We are facing a very difficult game against a strong, attacking team, with possessive style, so we have to be prepared for this. I am not interested in the behavior of the Dutch journalists at the Press Conference of the first match, I am a professional manager and only focused on my work. Maybe that's their style. I expect an even stronger PAOK tomorrow, because we had another week to work and prepare our plans.
There were four new signings at the starting lineup of the first game, on Wednesday we will probably have even more. A new time always needs time, in order for the players to learn each other, as time goes by we will becoming better and better. We started this effort during last season, finished it with success, and carry on now. No matter what happens tomorrow, there is still time to work and improve our game after that.
Football can not be decided by a single match, there is a continuance in football, always the next game, and that is what we like the most about it. We are positively focused on Wednesday's match and we will try to give our best, all of us. I have experienced players, who have participated in many important games of european competitions and national teams. Everybody understands the importance of that home clash.
I will not predict a possible score, I am never doing such things, the only thing I will tell is that I have a second and a third plan in case things do not start well for us. I am speaking with my players all the time about football and the opponents, but I prefer to keep our discussions for myself and I want from all of them to do the same", said the 39-year-old Serbian at the Press Conference.