Aiming to get back to winning titles
Paokfc.gr’s Rival Analysis column puts the magnifying glass on this weekend’s opponents Olympiacos, giving you the lowdown on everything you need to know about the Piraeus club ahead of our Super League Matchday 12 contest at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium.
Olympiacos finished last season empty-handed once again. The Red and Whites failed to lift either the Super League title or Greek Cup, and that meant that they went for a second season in succession without winning any silverware.
In stark contrast to the usual approach of the club’s administration, there was no mass clear-out in the summer. Coach Pedro Martins received the backing of the club, kept the spine of the squad intact, and brought in a couple of quality additions in the likes of Ruben Semedo and Mathieu Valbuena.
During the first part of this season, Olympiacos have achieved their goals, returning to the UEFA Champions League group stage, successfully negotiating three qualifying rounds.
In the league, the team has chalked up 27 points, the same tally as PAOK, dropping points on three occasions away from home in draws against Panathinaikos, Xanthi and Panionios.
In Europe, the Red and Whites have managed to collect just one point from matches against Bayern Munich, Tottenham and Red Star Belgrade. They need a win against the Serbians in their final group game in order to continue in the UEFA Europa League.
Hillal Soudani is the team’s top scorer with five goals so far in the league, with Yousseff El Arabi behind him with four. Valbuena and Leonardo Koutris lead the assist table with three each.