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Mitroglou: 'I don't want to be a hero'

Publish on 12/04/2018 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS

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Olympique de Marseille striker Kostas Mitroglou says helping the team rather than personal glory is his primary focus in Thursday's Europa League meeting with RB Leipzig.

The Greek forward told L'Equipe newspaper: "I don't dream of being a hero. Attackers live for scoring, that's true. In teams I've played in before there was also pressure on me and I scored goals. What interests me is doing my job to help the team. I don't want to be a hero. If I'm lucky enough to score and it helps the team then all the better. But I don't have it in my mind to be a saviour."

After a tough start to life on the south coast following a 15 million euro move from Benfica, the 30-year-old has scored nine goals in all competitions and developed a reputation for late heroics - all five of his Ligue 1 Conforama goals have been scored in the last 15 minutes of games.

"My strong suit is scoring goals"

Mitroglou said: "My strong suit is scoring goals! Whether they're with my right foot, the left or headers. I can score at any time in a game. I don't know where it comes from but I can show the same sang-froid whether it's the first minute of a match or the 91st minute. Whether we play with one upfront or two upfront doesn't bother me. At Benfica there were two of us as I partnered Jonas, at Olympiakos and for my national side I was alone. Here I'm mostly alone, sometimes with Dimitri Payet supporting as a number 10."

"I want to win trophies here"

Having settled in, Mitroglou counts on making his Marseille sojourn an extended one: "I've still got three years left on my contract and I want to win trophies here. I love the city and there's no question of going back on my decision to come here. I want to do more."