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Everything posted by paokarag4

  1. You would assume that Lucescu and George Savvidis have moved on from whatever issue they had in the past, otherwise it's unlikely Lucescu would've returned. If George does head back to Thessaloniki and take up some day-to-day role, it'll be interesting to see if the peace remains. I take all his cryptic Instagram posts to be more about transfers and players coming in during the January transfer window but we shall see. Ironically enough, IIRC that was their past issue. George started brining players who Razvan had not approved of and the straw that broke the camel's back was the decision to let both Canas and Shakhov leave.
  2. An aging team which has completely lost its confidence is what I put it down to. A win would do wonders for the teams confidence but the issue is how the heck are we going to get that win. We have had some good performances this season, so we know we are capable of much better. Next season a lot of the current team will have cleared out and our average age I suspect will drop. Regardless it is fair that we expect better results and performances as we should be beating Atromitos and Ionikos. I fear we aren't far away from a coaching change, which is never the way as has been discussed to death on this board. The saving grace maybe Lucescu's massive contract. I don't know how but we just need to qualify in Europe, the fans (actual fans not the organised ones) need something to look forward to. It will also help keep the howling media away, even if only for a few days...
  3. Looks like this game will go ahead as scheduled. Will be tough for us given our poor run of form, I'm not confident but hey our form has to turn at some stage!
  4. Started his first Premier League game in over 2 months today against Newcastle. He did some nice things, set up a good chance which was fluffed, as well as having a few attempts on goal. He was subbed off at half-time and reading around most Norwich fans seems to think he should have been given the 2nd half and the manager pulled the trigger too early.
  5. "Organised" fans are living in another decade. They have too much power and they think they are more important than they are. As for the on-field, our form has been patchy all season nowhere near enough consistency to compete for the title. The only way this season is salvaged IMO is by getting out of the group in the Conference League and hopefully progressing beyond the round of 32.
  6. Must win game. We know Aris lives to take points off us and they are always up for a dog fight. Them losing 5-0 last week I think will only motivate them more to get a result here. It will be a tough, physical game but I think we will come through with the 3 points.
  7. If those are the options, keep JVS.
  8. Terrible result, our form is never great coming back from international breaks but regardless we should not be dropping points to winless Atromitos.
  9. He has finally found a new club, he will join Fortuna Sittard in the Eredivisie for the rest of the season. https://www.instagram.com/p/CWc7947oJm0/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_rid=f487c1eb-0448-4729-a6ae-9ace5f360f80
  10. That is correct, but don't let facts get in the way of a good coach bashing session! The fact that people still harp on about Manolas and Sokratis despite being given an answer so many times shows part of the issue. People can't move forward and cling onto the past for dear life. FFS people still bring up Ninis who isn't a regular starter at Volos and Samaris who hasn't played in 18 months! Whether JVS stays or not will be not judged on whether he and Manolas go out for frappe when holidaying in Naxos. In terms of the manager it could go either way, it looks like he will stay on. I tend to lean towards stability as well, but that doesn't mean JVS will deliver results. Skibbe was kept on after being trounced by Croatia, the players went into bat for him (Manolas and Sokratis leading the charge) and 4 competitive games later he was sacked.
  11. We need to chase the game, I would be hooking Giannoulis and subbing on Tzolis. Push Tsimikas to left back and go to a 4-3-3 with Mantalos playing as a pure attacking mid, Tzolis/Masouras out wide and Pavlidis down the middle. Beyond that Bouchalakis isn't built for a game like this too much pace and pressure from Spain for him to be effective. Alexandropoulos is probably the only option but it's basically impossible that JVS does that. Demoralizing that penalty, really Spain created 1.5 good chances and neither was the penalty.
  12. We knew we'd only manage to get 3-4 chances to counter a half, so far twice we've shot ourselves in the foot on these breaks with a poor touch (Androutsos) and a poor pass just then.
  13. Every goal/Pen is checked by VAR, just because they didn't show the lines being drawn doesn't mean it wasn't. I thought he looked clearly off to the naked eye, so I'm not surprised it was a quick decision.
  14. Although not a good angle, on the only replay shown so far you see Giannoulis wildly swing at the bouncing ball to clear he misses and lightly catches the Spain player. It was soft but it's giveable, if the ref doesn't give it I'm not sure if VAR intervenes. Either way still waiting for a better angle.
  15. They've both been a bit unlucky IMO. Giannoulis started the season as their left-back, Norwich played Liverpool and Man City 2 of the best teams in the world and were dully spanked. Giannoulis was hooked off at halftime of the City game for a poor 1st half and didn't see the pitch for a while. He worked his way back into the team and started their last 2-3 games before being dropped again last night. Tzolis has been under utilised considering Norwich's struggles, and most Norwich fans seems to think he should've seen the pitch more. In a cup match against Liverpool he took a penalty he wasn't meant too (took the ball away from the usual PK taker) and sure enough missed it. Seems he's been in the bad books since then only coming off the bench twice since then. I think ultimately Giannoulis isn't good enough for the Premier League, defensively he just isn't at the level. Going forward he is elite IMO. He will hopefully settle, in Germany or Italy because he is too good for Greece. Tzolis could be anything, he needs to stay grounded and work hard. His tactical and defensive game is what hold him back, but he has age on his side. We'll see.
  16. I don't think it's beyond the realms of possibility that Georgia take points off Sweden, I have a feeling they will. Sweden have ridden their luck against us and Spain, Georgia similarly have been unlucky against the same teams. Luck has to swing eventually doesn't it? Of course it's all moot if we can't pull off what would be a historic victory.
  17. Here he is signed, sealed and delivered!!! Well done to the club for getting this done, we've lost too many players for free/cheaper than what we should have.
  18. I just realised that Ingason was not included in the European squad due to his injury so there goes that idea. Guess we'll have to score 2-3 to win in Bratislava, with most likely Varela/Crespo starting at CB.
  19. Awful result, poor defending and I agree with @Athens4 Paschalakis should probably be doing better on the 2nd goal. Hard to fault the last 30-35 mins, we created plenty and the ball just wouldn't go in. They got lucky we got unlucky it was the reverse in Denmark, I guess that's football. Really apart from the first month of the season, we create enough to win most games. It's our defending that has continuously let us down and Lucescu is a defense first coach. But I guess if you don't have the players, you are bound to concede. Bottom line we are in a dogfight to qualify 2nd now and into the round of 32, top spot unfortunately is gone IMO. We have to go to Bratislava and win, something that won't be easy. I just hope Ingason is back and into the swing of things by then.
  20. Call-ups for the 2 final qualifiers. Surprised to see no Kyriakos Papadopoulos given he has become a regular in the squads over the last year or so. A few changes from last month.
  21. JVS has done a massive interview with sport24, where he covers plenty of topics it is worth a read! He address the Manolas/Siovas/Sokratis situation. He basically clarifies what we already knew, at the start of the qualifiers he reached out to Manolas and asked him to come back. JVS claims the conversation was a good and healthy exchange. A few days later Manolas calls back says he won't be returning. JVS expresses disappointment and tells him the door is always open for a return. Similar story with Sokratis. They have refused the call-up, presumably having being offended by not being called up for over a year by the time WC qualification rolled around. As for Siovas he said it is a different situation entirely, he feels Siovas spoke out of turn and hurt the teams comradery. He also talks about Tzolis, Tsimikas, Giannoulis and plenty of other topics. Full interview here https://longreads.sport24.gr/John-van-Schip/index.html
  22. Chatzidiakos and Bakasetas are suspended, it also seems like Mavropanos picked up an injury while playing for Stuttgart. Not sure how serious but he didn't play over the weekend for them. Our defence is going to be stretched. The outs open the door for Tzavellas, K.Paps and Mantalos to return to the starting XI. I fear we are looking at either Stafylidis/Tsimikas as the third center back, especially with Mavropanos potentially missing. As for the game itself, this one isn't rocket science. We need to defend compact and well, give nothing silly away and look to break when we get the chance. Spain boss the ball like no other national team in the world, so we are most likely looking at getting 2-3 chances a half to counter. So when these rare instances occur we are going to need execute and be perfect. It's a tough tough game, but we have to play it. You go and give 110% and you never know what can happen.
  23. He is currently injured, but before that he had lost his starting place and was only playing off the bench and in the Europa League. Not sure what the reason is, if him trying to force a move to Olympiakos in the off-season has contributed or not. He did start a few games after that and then lost his spot in the team, so it seems he had one or two performances that Spalletti wasn't happy with.
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