Santiago Ese reveals himself to Olympiakos fans through the match program of the match against PAOK.
THE Santiago Ese he has managed to become especially loved by his fans in just a few months Olympiakou. His transfer last summer may have gone through the cracks, but the Argentinian midfielder is one of the most pivotal footballers for the “red and whites”, as he puts in excellent performances.
Ese reveals himself to the Olympiakos audience, through the match program of the match against PAOK, where, among other things, he emphasized the following…
How do you experience your first time at Olympiakos?
“My first months here have been amazing. I found a club that has people who helped me make everything easier from day one. A club that made me feel at home. I am grateful to every person who is part of this club.”
What has impressed you the most?
“What has impressed me the most is the fans. Every game is also a party. And it’s the same everywhere we go. Also, the training center is great and that’s something that has also impressed me a lot.”
What do you think of life in Greece and what are its similarities with Argentina?
“Life here is going very well. I’ve always been told that people here and people in Argentina have a lot of similarities in their lifestyles and it’s true. I live a very good and calm lifestyle. I am very happy in Athens, people show me their love everywhere”.
How much did the Argentinian element present in the team help you in your adaptation?
“Being with Argentinians is very helpful on a daily basis and even more so when I first came. But I have a very good relationship with the whole team. From the first day they treated me very well and today I can say that we have a team with very good people”.
Which teammate do you have the strongest relationship with?
“I don’t have anyone in particular with whom I have a better or less strong relationship. It’s true that on a daily basis I might talk more with Spanish speakers, but I think I generally have a very good relationship with everyone.”
How did it feel when you competed in a European event for the first time?
“I felt really good. It’s a different rhythm and different adrenaline. You are competing against high quality players with a very high pace of play. You have to be careful throughout the 90 minutes because no mistakes are allowed.”
How would you characterize Olympiakos fans and what message would you like to send them?
“The fans are really crazy. Every place we go they are there, cheering and shouting non-stop. This helps us a lot, it’s like playing with one more player on the field. In the good and bad moments of the game they give us their support and that is a great satisfaction for the whole team. For my part, I can tell you that you will continue to see a player who will always give everything on the pitch and who will give everything for the Olympiakos shirt.”
What would you say about Olympiakos to a fellow countryman?
“I would tell him that Olympiacos is a family and that it is a place that makes you feel at home. And obviously here you have to fight hard to achieve everything that Olympiacos claims”.
Why do the fans in Argentina call you Copo?
“It was a nickname my mother gave me since I was very young because of a cartoon that was around many years ago. That’s how they know me at Huracan.”
Who is your idol?
“Without a doubt Leo Messi. He is the best ever. I like a lot of players in my position. At the moment I think Enzo Fernandes has a very high level and what he has achieved is admirable. Rodri from Manchester City seems to me a very complete footballer.”
THE OTHER SIDE OF YOU
1. His favorite habit: Spending time with my girlfriend, friends and family drinking mate.
2. His favorite food: Roast.
3. The song you’ve heard the most in your life: Anything related to Argentina and the World Cup.
4. Favorite TV series: Peaky blinders.
5. Favorite travel destination: Argentina.
6. What motivates him: I am motivated by the dream I had as a child. To succeed in football accompanied by my family.
7. First thing he does when he wakes up: Get ready for practice.
8. Last thing he does before bed: I’m on my phone.
9. Never leaves: My cell phone.
10. His charm: My family.