Anastasiadis motivated to win every match, Samaris eager to receive chance
Greek national team head coach Angelos Anastasiadis and midfielder Andreas Samaris are both focused on finishing the UEFA Nations League campaign with a positive result.
On Thursday, the Ethniki Omada made a promising start to life under new boss Angelos Anastasiadis, defeating Finland 1:0 inside a practically empty Olympic Stadium in Athens. Greece will aim to finish the Nations League season on a high note against the Estonians, but besides the result of this match, the Galanolefkoi cannot climb above Finland in first place of Group 2 in League C.
In his press-conference, Anastasiadis shared his expectations for the duel against Estonia at the OAKA:
Knowledge on Estonia: ‘“To be honest, I don’t know a lot about them, because I’m focused on understanding my own players better. I’ve only been with my team for a few days, but we hope to put on a good performance tomorrow against the Estonians.”
Possible lack of motivation: “Our motivation is to win every match! At the same time, we need to earn the three points and have a chance at finishing in joint first place, something which also depends on the Finnish result in the other game.”
Satisfaction with the match against Finland and upcoming changes to the squad: “I was happy with the result of our players’ efforts. We were solid defensively and managed to keep the ball. However, in the attacking third, we failed to generate opportunities and this aspect has to improve. Goals are required.”
Next home of the national team for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign: “There was a question about this after the previous game with the Finns. We’re fully concentrated on the match on Sunday. These issues will be discussed after the draw for the European Championship qualifiers is made. Whatever happens, we have to persuade the fans to come to the stadium with our performances on the pitch.”
Midfielder Andreas Samaris, who received his maiden call-up to the Greek national team since March, promised to give 100% if given a chance on the pitch on Sunday:
What he knows of the Estonians: “We watched our team’s last two matches against Estonia on television. They like to play with possession and protect the ball. In my opinion, we can continue building from the performance on Thursday, and it will be a tough match for the opponents.”
Return to the national team: “I’m really happy! I had missed playing for the Ethniki Omada. The coach has changed and things are different now. Everything happens for the best, and I believe the match against Finland proved that. I will give my all to help the team.”
Difficult situation in his career: “Yes, it’s true that I’m not playing many minutes for my club team, however I’m continuing to train hard in order to be ready for when my opportunity appears. Tomorrow, if I am given a place in the line-up, I will try to be useful to the team. The most important thing is the result. Your performance means nothing if the team loses.”