The MVP award of the 18th matchday was awarded to Kostas Katsouranis playing for PAOK, who topped the competition organised by Super League, the Panhellenic Association of Professional Players (PSAP) and NOVA. The award was presented by Mr Konstantinos Tsipas and Vangelis Paliouras, among the Club’s sponsors.
After the ceremony, the PAOK player stated:
- Is the victory "more sweet” when it happens the way it happened in Xanthi, in the last minutes following a comeback?
"No, I said after the match that it is not more ‘sweet’. I would have preferred it to have secured the victory earlier in the match and to have had a better performance because we did not play well and I hope future wins will be easier and more ‘clear’."
- You have played two matches in 2014 which you won, however your display was not the one you wanted. Is this a source of worry for you? Do you believe that it just happened because of the break between rounds and you just need some time to return to your usual selves?
"I believe we need some time. The good thing is that the team won, even if it did not have a good display. This is what counts, to have a winning mentality and to always try to win. I believe that good displays and easy wins will follow as a result, as I said before."
- Every match is clearly different, but in general would you say that you are satisfied by PAOK’s performance?
"I am not satisfied with our performance during these two matches. I have talked about our display in the first round in general. I believe that the team is quite good and that it can greatly improve."
- You have a match, after approximately one month, then two matches in a row, are those matches… quite important? Is this period a preparation period for these matches?
"Well, no actually… we had our preparation matches during the summer, there are no preparation matches now. The matches against Benfica are quite late. I have said what I believe, Benfica is the favourite here. We made a big error against Alkmaar. We saw Alkmaar’s draw and saw we had easier matches and believed we could qualify, without this changing the fact that we can qualify now. It’s just too soon and we play against a good team who is coached by the same coach for many years now and this will be a difficult match for us."
- In an interview for the Greek pay TV channel, you referred to your future and said that PAOK is a priority for you. Is there any updates on this, even today, any developments, any thoughts, any conversations?
"No, there have been no conversations. I have been informed by the club that we will talk as soon as the transfer window is over and that we will then be able to talk about more. This is only reasonable, I did not make PAOK my priority. I honour the team and the club that I have a contract with and they always have the first word no matter which club I am playing for, therefore at the moment PAOK has the first word and I will first talk with PAOK."