«Our mind is on the next game»
Răzvan Lucescu spoke to Novasports TV about the upcoming encounter against Panetolikos in Agrinio. Here is what the Romanian tactician said.
Regarding the past week:
«Maurício’s injury upset us all. He is a fantastic player, a great character and very important for the team. I am happy to see him strong and ready for his rehabilitation. I am optimistic. Such things happen though. We have players that can fill the void and ensure we continue on the right path. Just like we managed after Prijović’s departure. He left, but we encountered solutions. For a team to be successful, they must have more than 11 regulars. Our squad consists of many players with different characteristics who can help us, with minor modifications to our tactics, but without affecting our overall philosophy. That is how we also coped when Djalma, Mak and other players left. We hold on to our competitive philosophy, adjusting it on the available players«.
On the family vibes in the dressing room:
«I consider myself lucky to be a member of our fantastic group. I am not alone in this. Everyone working within and around the team contribute to this excellent atmosphere. It’s not about strategy, but rather communication about our work and respect for it. Our collective effort is very important. There’s respect in the team and around it. Football is a collective affair. We all work towards building this atmosphere. On the funny side, when things don’t go well, everyone points a finger at the coach«.
Whether Maurício’s injury affects next season’s planning:
«You want to talk about signings now? You can’t be serious! You’re probably trying to get me mad, heh? There are many games ahead, starting with the one against Panetolikos. Now is not the time to talk about signings«.
On Cañas and his level of readiness:
«He is almost there. He suffered two injuries during the holiday break and we needed to cover for him. He helped us to win many matches. I wish and I want him to reach his top level soon«.
His opinion of Świderski:
«I have already spoken about him. We don’t need to dwell. He is a very good player, consummate professional, young, hardworking and willing to improve and help the team«.
On Jabá returning to action after serving his suspension:
«It’s important. A very important player is available again and he provides us with more options for the Agrinio game, considering the other absences in our team. He can help us a lot«.
On the injured players and whether they will return to action after the international break:
«El Kaddouri started working on the pitch. I am not sure about Pelkas. We spoke today. He suffered a tough injury from a knock. I want all my players available as soon as possible«.
On Paschalakis getting called by Greece national side:
«I will be very happy to see him keep a clean sheet in Agrinio on Saturday. Then he will have the time to focus on the national side of Greece and I will have the luxury to think about his future as a Greece international«.
«They are a good team with quality players. They settle on the ball, get control and have a decent attacking build-up. Judging by their recent games, they run a lot and like playing football. They are a team reflecting their coach’s philosophy and their players’ characteristics«.