«We can’t wait for the match to start»
Răzvan Lucescu spoke to Novasports TV ahead of the match against AOK Kerkyra in Corfu. Read on paokfc.gr what the Romanian tactician said:
On the team’s first matches in 2018:
«We have started well, performance-wise, training-wise and result-wise. We need to be totally focused and correct some details that could prove crucial. The team is thirsty for action and these games. Our morale is excellent right now. We played an outstanding game against Levadiakos and we did well against AO Trikala. We created opportunities, but didn’t score early to finish off the encounter. It was a good test for the players«.
On the upcoming encounter against AOK Kerkyra:
«Every match is a final for us. Every match also has its own characteristics. Some might think that encounters against lower-ranked team are easier than derbies, but that is not true. We need to prepare well and give it all out on the pitch to win. There is definitely a quality difference between us and AOK Kerkyra, but that by itself doesn’t guarantee us victory. We need to work, run and fight. Our rivals are struggling to avoid relegation and won’t be an easy prey. They went through a coaching change recently and we expect them to react. They will defend in numbers and try to make the most of our errors. It’s important to take an early lead and make it easier on ourselves. Here is where psychological preparation comes in handy. If the match doesn’t go as planned, we might be overcome by stress and find it hard to win«.
On the mood within the team:
«It’s excellent. There is self-confidence and we can’t wait for the matches to start. We are preparing very well for our games. This positive stance enables us to start strongly into the encounters and score«.
On transfers and Azevedo:
«Azevedo is a quality player. He comes from a big club like Shakhtar Donetsk, who are playing regularly in the UEFA Champions League. In my opinion, he fits in our play style. Obviously we needed a left full-back, but Azevedo will join the team when he is fit and ready. All players want to start right away, but that only comes through training and talks with them. I don’t want to comment on Moledo. We are safe just like that. If another transfer goes through, it will be on the basis of acquiring a player to help us in upcoming crucial encounters. We’ll see what happens. Right now we have an excellent group and we are working impeccably. We are satisfied. We will welcome any addition that will enhance the team’s quality level«.