"This is Panathinaikos and with the start of every season, our goal is given and that is to win titles and participate in European competitions," pointed out Tasos Lagos in his exclusive interview for the official website of the Super League. The Panathinaikos midfielder commented on being one of the team captains: "I am one of the team captains of such a great club such as Panathinaikos and I of course consider this a great honour," and also mentioned that besides being a player of Panathinaikos, he also dreams of: "being a Liverpool player," and finally sent his own message to the club fans by saying that: "The best is yet to come for Panathinaikos." The full interview:
Question by Vassilios Papahronopoulos
In your opinion, what will be the final position of the club in the classification list? Will you manage to qualify for next season's Champions League?
I believe that we will manage to qualify for the play-offs and, following that, we will do our best in order to end in a position that will give us the opportunity to participate in the Champions League qualification phase. But all that is still quite far away in the future. To get there, we have to be focused every week, in every match and take one step at a time.
What was the goal set by the club at the beginning of the season?
This is Panathinaikos and with the start of every season, our goal is given and that is to win titles and participate in European competitions.
Question by Christos Mermigas
Your contract with Panathinaikos ends this summer. What are your thoughts for the future?
At the moment, I am a Panathinaikos player and the only thing on my mind is the club's professional obligations. When the time comes, we will discuss about this with the club's people.
Question by Marina M.
What is your greatest football dream?
I have already fulfilled by first football dream by becoming a Panathinaikos player. Another dream of mine is to become a Liverpool player too.
Question by Nikolaos Sargiotis
What do you think is the reason that the fans do not come to the stadia?
I do not know what the situation is in other stadia, but the fans of Panathinaikos are by our side and support us in all matches, no matter what the outcome. Now, if the attendance has diminished in other stadia, compared to other seasons, there may be many reasons for this, such as for example the financial hardships people face.
Question by Haralambos Alexiadis
What would you advise young football players, to go after their dream and become professional players or to focus on school education?
One does not exclude the other. Young players who dream of becoming professional players should go after their dream and do their best to fulfil it. At the same time, they need to fulfil their other obligations as well, such as school, as this will offer them a long-term benefit; at the same time, this will not stop them from becoming professional footballers.
You come from Almyros Volou. Although it is still very early to be talking about this, would you return to your home city after retiring to get involved with local football?
I could not think about this at this age. But since you are asking, yes, why not? Almyros is my home city and I would wish to help out at some point, provided I could.
Question by Anna Theoharis
This is your first year as a player in the starting lineups in Panathinaikos, at the same time being one of the three captains of the team. What are your feelings about this?
As anyone could think, it is very important for a young player to be among the starting eleven players and I am naturally very satisfied with this. Subsequently, the fact that I am one of the team captains of such a great club such as Panathinaikos is of course a great honour for me.
The next match is away, against Apollonas in Rizoupoli. What should you pay attention to in order to win the match, in your opinion?
If we play well, as we did in the last matches, we will achieve our goal. We have to be totally concentrated while on the pitch, follow our coach's instructions to the letter and show on the pitch our everyday effort in the training sessions.
What would you like to say to the fans and supporters of Panathinaikos?
Before I send any messages to the fans and supporters of Panathinaikos, I first need to thank them for coming to the stadium every week, for being by our side, supporting us, applauding us and urging us forward. Additionally, I wish to assure them that we, the players of Panathinaikos, do our very best for the club and the fans during every single minute of the matches. The best is yet to come for Panathinaikos and I believe this is something our fans can see.