«We will give everything on the pitch»
José Ángel Crespo speaks about the home encounter against Olympiakos for matchday 20 of Super League Souroti.
Regarding his form:
«I am very well. The entire team are ready for Sunday’s game«.
Regarding the rest he got on Wednesday
«All players need a breather, especially during this point of the season. Some of us didn’t play on Wednesday, but trained well in Nea Mesimvria. Now we are all ready for Sunday’s match«.
Regarding his collaboration with Varela at centre-back:
«We work together a lot. We improve with every game. Our work however is highlighted because of the team’s collective effort. Goals are conceded or not conceded by the whole team. I believe we have improved in that aspect and we need to keep up the good work«.
Whether he has been team captain before:
«Being captain is not that important. I want to help all my team-mates, on and off the field. It’s an honour of course to be picked by your peers, to be their guide. I have been a skipper before, but at a youth side. PAOK are the first club I have stayed at for long since my Sevilla years. Nothing changes though. I want to help my team with or without the armband«.
Regarding the atmosphere he expects on Sunday:
«I expect the usual atmosphere. Our fans are always by our side and will be there on Sunday as well. We want to make them happy«.
Regarding the importance of Sunday’s game:
«It’s a final for us –we consider all our games as ‘finals’. It’s important regarding the standings. We are all focused on the match and we aim to win. It’s the next match, yet another final«.
On what he expects from his team and the rivals in this game:
«We need to be absolutely focused as always. We must apply pressure, keep possession, be calm and dictate proceedings«.
«They are playing well. They are a compact and strong side. They are focused and have been performing well in recent games. However, they haven’t faced a team like ours lately, a team who play domination football and want possession«.
Whether there are just three points at stake or this game is something more:
«It’s definitely something more. Our rivals are in second place and want to overtake us eventually. We want to extend our distance by four more points, securing that we have the head-to-head advantage«.
Regarding what the fans are telling him:
«Nothing different. Since the start of the season, they have been talking to us about winning the league after many years. In recent days, they ask us to be focused and play our game in order to achieve our objective. They are also gearing up to support us«.
Whether he wants to send a message to PAOK fans:
«I don’t want to ask them for anything. They are always there, by the team’s side, for every match. We will give everything we have on the pitch in order to achieve our objective«.