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Martins and Cisse Presser

Martins and Cisse Presser

Read below words of Pedro Martins and Pappe Cisse at the press conference ahead of our side’s encounter with Marseille.

Quotes by Martins, in detail:

On Olympiacos’ aim: “We want to keep hope alive and proceed in this competition. Although we depend on the Porto v Man. City result, we have to perform our duty. Our philosophy is always to claim victory and this is what we came here to do. Those who play in order not to lose are one step closer to defeat; so, our objective is to win and this is what we will play for”.

On goalless Marseille: “All matches involving this group’s sides, namely, us, Marseille and Porto, have been quite balanced. It was details that tipped the scales. In Porto, we lost after an individual mistake and because we failed to convert our goal-scoring chances. The Marseille v Porto match could have ended differently should the penalty was netted. And ours was a close win against Marseille, which are a very strong side. They are doing fine in the French league and, certainly, they deserve our respect”.

On Vrousai: “Vrousai’s progress has been impressive and he gives me a positive headache. We knew him from last year, we went to the Netherlands and he returned quite improved. I am open to players who do well and Marios represents a possible selection of mine for tomorrow’s match”.

On the return of El Arabi and Holebas: “This is something quite positive; they provide us with additional solutions. El Arabi is our striker, an amazing player, his return is undoubtedly important. Holebas return is also important because he had to reposition Rafinha to play his side in previous matches “.

Quotes by Cisse, in detail:

On Olympiacos’ aim: “We are here to win; we came to earn the victory and we know very well what to expect tomorrow”.

On his return to France against a local outfit: “It is interesting that I am back to France to play football against a top side like Marseille. Feelings are intense but the most important thing is that we are here to defend our team’s aim.

On the presence of Valbuena: “It was the coach and the doctor’s call to have Valbuena coming here although he is not fit to play, so as to be with us”.

On whether their side is considered the favorite after winning the first leg: “We are no favorite, nor the strongest team; all Champions League encounters are tough and important. We came here to give our best for the club to fulfil its objective”.

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