Nicolás Martínez, the Panetolikos midfielder, in his exclusive interview for the Super League website replied to the questions of the fans and pointed out that: "Panetolikos is the club that I feel most comfortable playing for and I enjoy playing football there, when compared to the clubs I played for before." At the same time, he talked about the good campaign of the Agrinio club and said that: "Our performance has duration and this is due to the work of our coach and his team" and sent his own message to the fans and supporters of Panetolikos: "We thank them a lot for their support. What we want is to have the stands full and to have them support us in every match." The full interview:
What was the target set by the club at the beginning of the season? Has this target changed following the club's very good displays?
Our target at the beginning was to manage to stay in the division. We have mostly achieved this target and we are in a good condition. We need to continue like this and try to participate in the play-offs.
Question by Yannis Kakampoukis
Could Panetolikos try to qualify for the European club competitions or even try to win a Greek title in the following seasons?
We will try this. We will work a lot in order to qualify for the European competitions, but there are many other good teams that work for the same target. As regards the winning of a title, the more the team improves, the easier it is to try to do this at some point, but we all know that it is not easy at all.
Question by the 12-Teacher Elementary School of Kallithea
Is there a special reason behind choosing this particular shirt number?
No. The shirt number I had at Independiente (18) was used by another player (Junior) when I joined the club last January and I therefore picked number 20.
Question by Athanasios-Anastasios Tsimouridis
What are your strong points on the pitch and what characteristics should you improve, in your opinion?
I am good at 1v1 situations because I can easily dribble. I am also good at final passes, with the assistance of the moves by my teammates. I could certainly improve many things, such as the long distance shot or my high balls.
Question by Kostas Nikolopoulos
Is there a European major club that would you like to play for and why?
Every player's dream is to play for Barcelona since this is the only way to play together with Messi.
Question by Vassilios Konstantakis, Mihalis Kotantakis, Vassilis Kokkotos, Nikos D.
You play in what many consider a dream club. The circumstances are good and so is the stadium, the fans, the organisation, the coach, etc. Right now, you are in the 5th place of the table and rightly have a great shot at qualifying for the European club competitions. If all goes well until the end and you achieve your target, is there a possibility to accept to continue playing for the club for more years or will you leave?
I have a contract with Panetolikos until the summer of 2016. Panetolikos is the club that I feel most comfortable playing for and I enjoy playing football there, when compared to the clubs I played for before. But if the club receive a proposal that's profitable both for Panetolikos and me, then we will talk about it.
Question by Hristos Moraitis, Grigoris Matsioulas
What are your future targets? Can the fans' love keep you in Agrinio?
As I said before, the fans' love, the love of everyone working in the club, the existing conditions – they all make me feel really well.
Question by Maria Yannotis
What do you think about the city of Agrinio and its people?
This is a perfect city to play football in. It's a quiet city and everyone is treating me really well.
Question by Evangelos Safarikas
What is your favourite Greek dish?
I really enjoy the Greek feta cheese, Greek olive oil and Greek salad.
Question by Konstantinos Sayannis
Do you believe that your choice to sign with Panetolikos is vindicated?
Yes, very much.
Question by Theofilos Zavras
Last year, I asked you what you think do Panetolikos need in order to take this extra step. This year, when the club are so close to qualifying for the European competitions, what is working well in the team in your opinion and you play the best football in Greece?
This year we play well both in home and away matches, as proven by the outcomes, and we continue to be strong on home soil, the same way we did last year. Also, our performance has duration and this is due to the work of our coach and his team.
What would you like to say to the fans and supporters of Panetolikos?
We thank them a lot for their support. What we want is to have the stands full and to have them support us in every match. The assistance of the fans is very important to us.