Ivan Perisic believes the passionate crowd in the UEFA Champions League game at Olympiacos this week will be influential, but his side are going to win.
Bayern Munich travels to Olympiacos this week for their next Champions League Group B game.
While Bayern’s new boy Perisic is confident of the win, he is anticipating a high influential crowd.
Speaking to the clubs official website fcbayern.com, Ivan Perisic he talks of the need to get their season back on track with a win in Piraeus.
He also acknowledges the influence a partisan crowd can have on both the home and away side.
Perisic has been to Olympiacos before and knows the difficulties that await him.
“I played in Piraeus with Dortmund once. The atmosphere at the stadium is passionate.”
“We have to be focused from the first minute and get on the front foot, otherwise it’ll be hard to hold our own.”
This kind of atmosphere in Greece is commonplace.
“I’ve played in Greece a few times, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, PAOK: the atmosphere was special every time.”
“The spectators are very passionate in Turkey and Croatia too – I like it, every player does.”
Perisic feels that despite poor league form of late, his side need to move on and go for the win.
“We want to move on as fast as possible from the last two Bundesliga matches and focus on the future. We go to Piraeus to win.”
“It would be a big step towards the last 16.”
The knock out stages of the Champions League will be new territory for Perisic and that is extra motivation for the Croatian international.
“We didn’t make it to the knockout stages in the first year with Dortmund, and in the second year I joined Wolfsburg in the winter.”
“And I only contested the group stage with Inter.”
“I took part in two World Cups and one European Championships, but I have yet to take that step in the Champions League.”
Perisic made the move to Bayern this summer and has settled in well. He has played six games and scored twice.
But he has not scored in the Champions League for some seven years.
He will be looking to help his side progress out of Group B and set the record straight.