FC Skoda Xanthi Midfielder Petros Mantalos replied to the fans' questions in his exclusive interview for the official website of the Super League and pointed out that: "Skoda Xanthi is one of the most well organised clubs. It is definitely a motive for any young footballer to be playing in the Skoda Xanthi academies." He also mentioned that his most beautiful memory is: "the European experiences" and promised that: "I promise to try to do my best for the club that made me a professional player." The full interview:
Question by Aris Kallidis
What is the ideal position you would like to have on the pitch and what are your weak points that you should improve while playing at this position?
I like to play behind the striker. No one can claim he has all required characteristics in order to be perfect. This is also true for footballers. I always try to improve and this is my goal in the training sessions.
This is your fifth year in Skoda Xanthi. Which is your most beautiful memory?
This season's European experiences with Skoda Xanthi were definitely special. In any case, I feel great every time the team wins.
Skoda Xanthi is among the clubs encouraging and promoting new footballers to the A team. Do you believe this is one of the Club's qualities?
Skoda Xanthi is one of the most well organised clubs in Greece in all aspects. It is definitely a motive for any young footballer to be playing in the Skoda Xanthi academies since this become evident eventually. Namely that Skoda Xanthi promotes young footballers.
My dream too when I joined the football academies of the Xanthi team 7 years ago was to become a professional player.
Question by Youli Kartadou
Following some unsuccessful results, you won the match against Kalloni. Does this fill you with confidence as regards the future of the championship?
Yes, we needed that. Before, we had to face many serious issues and we definitely needed the three points, for reasons of psychology as well. We hope the future will be better.
Question by Giorgos Logaridis
What was the reason behind your decision to play for AEK the following season?
As soon as AEK made me this proposal, I did not think about it much. It's a great club which I wanted to join.
Question by Yannis Kartalis
When this distant time comes, would you like to finish your career in our club or in Panthrakikos so you can honour the club of your home city?
I was born in Komotini, but Xanthi is my football hometown, following all these years in Xanthi. No one can tell the future… However, I would like to finish my career in Xanthi. My wish is that I remain healthy so I can play football for many years.
What is your promise to the fans and supporters of Skoda Xanthi?
At this time, what I promise and try is to do my best for the club that made me a professional player.
Were you not a footballer, what would you rather be and why?
I started playing football when I was really young and I honestly cannot think what else I could have become in my life.
Where do you see yourself in 5-6 years from now?
I mainly want to remain healthy so I can meet the demands set in my career. As any footballer, I wish to win titles and for my career to evolve.
What are your hobbies?
I mainly spend my spare time at home. I like to watch international football and movies.