"We will try to be competitive in all matches and honour the shirt of Asteras by winning them all," said Manuel Lanzarote in his exclusive interview for the website of the Super League. The Spanish midfielder of Asteras Tripolis talked about what convinced him to accept the proposal of the club from Arkadia by saying that: "It was very important for me to play in the Europa League as well as the fact that they were pursuing me for the past three years," whereas as regards the goals of Asteras he pointed out: "We want to go as high as possible in all competitions." The full interview:
Question by Eva Koulourioti
Do you believe that the draw for the group phase of the Europa League is manageable and that Asteras will manage to qualify to the next phase of the competition?
No club is easy, but Asteras will try to play good in order to qualify.
Question by Yannis Ikonomidis
Do you believe that Asteras can try to win the Championship?
This is very difficult to achieve, but we will try to win most matches in order to qualify for the play-offs.
Question by Petros.
What was the thing that convinced you to sign with Asteras?
It was very important for me to play in the Europa League as well as the fact that they were pursuing me for the past three years.
Question by Christos Kakaletris
What are your goals as regards the Championship, the Greek Cup and Europa League?
We want to go as high as possible in all competitions. As high as possible both in the Greek Cup and in Europe and in the Championship too.
Question by Yannis Gogolakis
Do you believe that your transfer to Asteras will help you evolve as a player?
Yes, it's an experience outside of Spain and I will try to evolve as much as possible with Asteras.
Question by Eleni Tagkalou
Do you believe that Asteras's obligations in this year's championship will be harder in comparison with previous years due to the promotion of AEK and Iraklis?
Yes, I believe that there are more competitive clubs. All 3 competitions we participate in will be hard.
Question by Rena Lionoudaki
What would you like to say to the fans and supporters of Asteras as regards this season?
We will try to be competitive in all matches and honour the shirt of Asteras by winning them all.
If you could go back in time, is there something you would change in your football career?
I would definitely change many things, but I fought for many years to reach as high as possible in football and am happy with what I have achieved.
What are your hobbies?
In Spain, I dedicate all my spare time to the girls football academy I own and to my family.
Were you not a footballer, what would you rather be and why?
I generally enjoy sports therefore I believe I would have chosen something related to sports.