Rival Analysis: Lamia profile
Paokfc.gr’s Rival Analysis column puts the magnifying glass on this weekend’s opponents Lamia, giving you the lowdown on everything you need to know about the Fthiotida club ahead of our Super League Interwetten contest at the Lamia Municipal Stadium.
They arrived silently and methodically in the Super League κand showed from day one that they were here to stay. In the club’s first three seasons in the big time they have managed to retain their top flight status with relative ease, with their seventh-placed finish in the 2018-19 season proving their best return so far. They also reached the semi-finals of the Greek Cup in the same season.
The target for this season has not changed, but the difficulty level has increased significantly. The Fthiotida club began the season with Giorgos Petrakis in charge as coach. The young 32-year-old technician lasted only four matches in his first major assignment.
Lamia failed to reproduce the kind of performances of recent seasons and did not pick up a single point from those first four games. As a result, Petrakis paid the price with his job.
The club’s management went down the opppsite route and plumped for the experience of Babis Tennes, the coach who lead them to the top flight for the first time in its history.
Tennes’ third spell in the Lamia dugout has started with the team picking up some points, signalling that all is not yet lost.
In seven games overall, Lamia have scored just five goals, however, while conceding 14 – numbers which highlight the team’s current plight.
Despite this poor record, the squad is one full of experience, talent, and quality. Romanic is the top scorer with two goals, while Bianconi, Tsoukalos, and Deletic have also found the back of the net. The main creators have been Chatzistravos and Bahanack.