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Chatzitheodoridis eager to impress during loan spell

25 January 2018

New boy Ilias Chatzitheodoridis is determined to adapt to the physical nature of life in Sky Bet League Two – and revealed his excitement about a potential home debut this weekend.

Greece-born Chatzitheodoridis has moved to the Robins on a loan deal until the end of the season from Brentford.

The 20-year-old has revealed that Brentford boss Dean Smith has sent him out to get used to the physical side of the game after playing B team and junior football.

And the opening fixture at Mansfield certainly gave him that as he looks to learn with every passing week at Cheltenham.

“Last Saturday was hard for me and the boys. We had two red cards and that was my first league game,” said Chatzitheodoridis.

“The tempo was different and the challenges are bigger and stronger. It was a hard game for me but now I am looking forward to playing at home against Barnet.

“Your time on the ball is less here. You must be ready and play quicker.

“We play out from the back at Brentford and that part of the game I was doing well.

“He (Dean Smith) wanted me to come here and tackle the physical side of the game. With big challenges you get stronger and fitter.

“I am happy to be here and hopefully I will get that into my game and go back stronger.”

Chatzitheodoridis admitted Manny Onariase was a friendly familiar face when he walked into the dressing room, after the pair played together at Brentford.

“I knew Manny,” he smiled. “I was happy that he was here to give me advice and help me with my first steps.”

And the Greek ace is now eager to help Cheltenham secure three valuable points this weekend as Barnet come to town.

“The boys worked hard last weekend, even when we had nine men we worked hard. We looked like we had desire, and I like that. They give everything so I am happy to be here.

“Hopefully I can get games and help us pick up points. But it depends on my performances if I do well here.”

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