We won our Polo game tonight against our brothers Crvena Zvezda by a 9-8 scoreline. Fans of both sides were in attendance to view the game and the atmosphere was generally good throughout the match. We won all but one of the sets and the final scores were :-
1st Set : Olympiakos 2-2 Crvena Zvezda
2nd Set : Olympiakos 3-2 Crvena Zvezda
3rd Set : Olympiakos 2-1 Crvena Zvezda
4th Set : Olympiakos 2-3 Crvena Zvezda
We beat AEK by a 4-0 scoreline earlier tonight with goals coming from Abdoun (penalty), Mitroglou and Fuster. Our team faced a hostile atmosphere in the OAKA stadium to leave with the victory after a hard fought performance. The Turks had been reduced to 10 men from the 22nd minute after Mitroglou was dragged down in the box and Abdoun converted the subsequent penalty. Mitroglou scored the second goal with a shot from the edge of the area after breaking away from his defensive markers. The victory was completed late on in the match by Fuster scoring the third goal and Mitroglou wrapping up the game in the 88th minute with a fine solo effort.
Performance wise, we played reasonably well to win the game. The Hanoumaki were always on the back foot during the game due to the lack in numbers and we kept the pressure on their defence to ensure the win. Mitroglou and Abdoun were the main driving force behind all of our attacks whilst the only real indifferent performance was found by Machado.
The win tonight sees us keep our league position in first place with a five point clear gap to the team in second place.
AEK 0-4 Olympiakos
23' Abdoun (p)
Olympiakos : Carroll, Torosidis, Papazoglou, Siovas, Holebas (85' Modesto), Fejsa, Greco (77' Maniatis), Machado (65' Ibagaza), Fuster, Abdoun, Mitroglou.
The team for tomorrow's match against the Turks has been announced. Our players include -
I woke today in Singapore to the happy news that we had beaten the French by 3 goals to 1 in last nights Champions League match. Regards to my friend who texted me the result and I dedicate the picture of her G7 club to her. I will be back for the AEK game so normal service returns then...
Olympiacos scorers get just desserts
Goalscorers Paulo Machado and Leandro Greco gave Olympiacos FC credit for accomplishing their mission to beat Montpellier SC 3-1, with the exit beckoning for the French side.
Paulo Machado was voted UEFA.com Player Rater winner and was beaming after Olympiacos FC's 3-1 win against Montpellier Hérault SC "because we did everything we had to do". As for Montpellier, penalty-scorer Younes Belhanda was left to rue the errors that led to Olympiacos's victory in Piraeus, acknowledging "the first mistake was mine".
Paulo Machado, Olympiacos midfielder
I am very satisfied because, first of all, we deserved to win. We did everything we had to. This victory was a must if we were to entertain a realistic hope of making it to the next round – and we did it. The match was a bit complicated – Saturday's league encounter was very intense and tonight we were a bit tired. Since joining Olympiacos, I have had chances to score but I didn't convert them. Now I am off the mark and I want to make the most of this momentum. After the two victories over Montpellier we intend to go to Schalke to get at least a point, and then defeat Arsenal here.
Leandro Greco, Olympiacos midfielder
I am very happy with everything today, because we won a very important match and because I scored – so it is doubly satisfying for me. We played a complete match – we defended, attacked and fought together as a squad and in the end deserved the win. The main thing was to win today – now, we’ll see what we can achieve in the last two matches. One never knows what can happen in football. Of course, our aim is to qualify and to give it our all. As for me, the more I play, the better my physical condition is. I am satisfied with my game today, but even more happy with this important win.
Younes Belhanda, Montpellier midfielder
We are somewhat frustrated to lose this match, because we managed to equalise. Two small errors cost us. The first mistake was mine – I kicked the ball away but it went into the path of the guy that took the shot. Olympiacos's third goal was the end of us. It was very difficult afterwards to turn around a two-goal deficit. Now, the most important thing is to forget tonight's match and then focus on what we can do against Arsenal and Schalke. There is a very slim chance to qualify for the Europa League but, if that's not possible, we will concentrate on our league.
The Champions League is a competition for the big clubs. We are not quite ready for this kind of competition. Olympiacos are a big team and have proved themselves in the Europa League and Champions League. It's our first time – we are debutants facing big clubs.
Anthony Mounier, Montpellier forward
We came here in search of a positive result that could revive our qualification hopes, but we missed our chance and it's a pity that we couldn't do more. We conceded very early. We managed to create some chances but failed to make the most of them. We are just getting started in the Champions League and we have some young players. Olympiacos may not be among Europe's greats, but they are used to this competition – they know how to handle these matches, better than us for sure, as witnessed in both encounters.
In France, we conceded in the last minute, while today we managed to equalise but then conceded two goals, one immediately after the other – that hurt us. Now we must apply ourselves to the maximum. There is a slight chance to qualify for the Europa League if we win both our remaining matches. In football everything is possible, even if that is a tall order. And even if we go out, we want to leave the competition with our heads held high.
Text taken from the official website :-
Leonardo Jardim made some changes, “refreshing” the starting line-up, in view of the match against Montpellier for the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. Carroll was the goalkeeper. At the defensive line, Cholevas was the left winger, while Maniatis was the right one. Manolas with Siovas were the two stoppers, the latter returning to the starting line-up. Fejsa, Greco and Machado were the midfielders. Abdoun and Vlachodimos played as the left and right winger respectively while Kostas Mitroglou was the team’s striker.
Just before the end of the first half, Machado executed a brilliant free kick from the left side, towards the corner area, forwarding the ball close to OFI’s box. There was Kostas Mitroglou waiting who directly shot and scored to make it 1-0 in the 42ʼ!
The second half began with OFI being more cautious and Olympiacos wanting to score another goal. The latter came in the 55ʼ after the direct, amazing free kick, won after a foul, of Paulo Machado who scored his first goal as an Olympiacos’ player!
Now, everybody’s thoughts focus on Tuesday’s match which will be held at “Georgios Karaiskakis”, for the Champions League against Montpellier.
OLYMPIACOS: Carroll, Maniatis, Machado, Fejsa, Mitroglou (80΄ Pantelic), Vlachodimos (73ʼ Fetfatzidis), Cholevas, Siovas, Manolas, Greco, Abdoun (87΄ Lykogiannis).
OFI: Gounaridis, Banousis (61ʼ Bourbos), Koutsianikoulis, Papazoglou, Vandinho, Kourdakis, Zacharakis, Lampropoulos, Ioannidis, Souza (74ʼ Sarr), Vitoros (73ʼ Zorbas).
After yesterdays training session, the team of 19 players was announced by Leonardo Jardim. Some players are being rested for the match against Montpellier and some are still recovering from injury. The players announced though were :-
Goalkeepers (2) :
Defenders (7) :
Siovas, Zaradoukas, Holebas, Manolas, Papazoglou, Torosidis, Maniatis
Midfielders (8) :
Greco, Fetfatzidis, Fejsa, Abdoun, Vlachodimos, Lykogiannis, Machado, Diakite
Attackers (2) :
It has been announced that Juan Jose Lorenzo will join our team as a technical scouting consultant. The 35 year old Spaniard has previous experience in his role at Real Madrid, Real Valladolid and Arsenal. He will be responsible for finding new players to benefit the team.
Text from the Olympiakos site as I couldn't watch the match personally. (Appalling internet connection)
"Olympiacos failed to register a victory against Aris at “Kleanthis Vikelidis" stadium, leaving with the draw.
For the first time in this Super League season, Olympiacos failed to exit the pitch victorious. The side was hold to a 2-2 draw against Aris in Thessaloniki, yet retains the top place in the championship table, on the road for its 40th title.
Leonardo Jardim chose not to change his starting line-up much compared to the Montpellier fixture, but to keep it to the outmost necessary. Caroll under the post; Torosidis, Cholevas, Manolas and Contreras in the defensive line; Modesto with Maniatis and Tatos in the midfield. Also, Abdoun coming from the right, Machado on the left, and Kostas Mitroglou at the top of the offensive line.
Our side started off on the wrong foot, since it took 3 minutes for the opponent to score. Olympiacos comeback was immediate with a successfully converted penalty by Abdoun in 9 minutes’.
In the 2nd half, Leonardo Jardim unleashed Lykogiannis and Greco in the pitch, replacing Tatos and Modesto. In 79’, Aris managed to take the lead, 2-1, but Olympiacos response was again not a moment late. Pantelic entered the match, Machado took the free-kick from the left and, in 81’, Cholevas netted the equalizer, 2-2!
ARIS: Velidis, Psychogios, Poulido, Pantidos, Margritis, Coelhio, Papasterianos (83’ Aslanidis), Oikonomopoulos, Kaznaferis (64’ Ghesios), Gianiotas, Agantho (87΄ Damarlis).
OLYMPIACOS: Carroll, Maniatis, Modesto (68’ Lykogiannis), Tatos (68’ Greco), Machado, Mitroglou, Contreras, Cholevas, Manolas, Torosidis (81’ Pantelic), Abdoun."
After training earlier this morning, the team of players was announced for the game against Aris for tomorrow. Several players were removed due to injury problems but the team employed is still powerful enough for Aris.
Goalkeepers (2) :-
Defenders (7) :-
Siovas, Holebas, Manolas, Torosidis, Modesto, Maniatis, Contreras
Midfielders (9) :-
Greco, Tatos, Fejsa, Abdoun, Vlachodimos, Lykogiannis, Machado , Contreras, Diakite.
Attackers (2) :-
Out for one reason or another are Djebbour, Diogo, Fuster, Ibagasa, Zaradoukas, Papazoglou, Papadopoulos and Fetfatzidis
Unfortunately I will be unable to comment on the games over the next two weeks. Well at least live games anyway as I am going to the Far East on a business trip. I will try to watch the games if they are available to download anywhere and will keep up to date with the news but it may be very difficult for me to keep track of everything.
Normal business will resume in mid-November.