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Nations League: Greece - Slovenia (18 Nov. 2020, Georgios Kamaras, Athens)


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15 hours ago, Omonoia9 said:

Played at Rizoupoli against Cyprus and it was fine. The pitch at OAKA is torn up or something?

It wasn't really fine, but for Greek standards compared to other stadiums it was ok. That should not be the standard for the pitch where the national team plays though. 

I watched the Apollon - PAOK game just 3 days before the Cyprus friendly at the same stadium and you could tell the players had issues with the pitch. 

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A win here will set off the following chain of events :  - Ranked in pot 3 for WC Qualifying - Top the following group: England, Wales, Greece, Estonia, and San Marino . (We don’t drop any p

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I might be alone on here thinking this but I’d like to see JVS take this team to World Cup qualifiers.. I think he deserves a chance. Changing coaches should not be an option right now IMO... 

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I think Slovenia won’t press as much in this game as they will play a more defensive role and only open it up if they are trailing. Like us they have only allowed 1 goal against so they are pretty sound defensively especially against a Greek team who has trouble breaking down teams and scoring goals..  JVS needs to approach this game with a lot of urgency and he needs the team flying out of the gate and not give The Slovenians a chance to build confidence and to set the pace of the game.. The Greek team also needs to watch the counter which I think Slovenia will be waiting for as they no Greece will be pressing to score..

 

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It's an interesting point to debate, how to start a game like this. Coming out all guns blazing seems like a good and logical move, put the heat on, get them on the backfoot and don't allow them to settle and as you said set the tempo. 

Plenty of managers in world football tend to adopt the more conservative and pragmatic strategy of 'You don't win games like this early, you only lose them' meaning if we go out guns blazing and concede one the other way it maybe game over. 

We are yet to see JVS coach in a do or die match so we don't know how he'll play it. I get the feeling given he's an attacking coach by nature and likes us to boss possession it's more likely to be all guns blazing. 

Something that works in favour of coming out in full attack mode is the longer games like these stay 0-0 it tends to suit the team playing for the draw, as the team chasing the win gets desperate as they through the kitchen sink at the opposition and leave gaps everywhere. 

On top of everything riding on this game, the tactical battle will be fascinating.  

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Start the team that took on Cyprus and did exactly that, offence from the word go, we were 2-0 up in no time, off course the Slovenian defence with be stronger but it’s our best chance to open them up

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12 minutes ago, Alphonse said:

Start the team that took on Cyprus and did exactly that, offence from the word go, we were 2-0 up in no time, off course the Slovenian defence with be stronger but it’s our best chance to open them up

I agree.

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Btw something about the importance of the match that media have still to notice is that if we lose we are definitely a pot 4 team in the wc draw next month. After Finland's victories against Bulgaria and France we have dropped to pot 4. Finland now face Wales at their last game and most probably I can see them avoiding the defeat which means they are a pot 3 team no matter what we do in our game.

What we need to take into account however is that our other direct competitor is Bosnia who face Italy. We desperately need them to lose their game and us to win/draw against Slovenia. Any other result means we are heading into pot 4.

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24 Apr 1996 Greece v Slovenia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup
06 Sep 1997 Slovenia v Greece W 0-3 FIFA World Cup
06 Sep 1998 Greece v Slovenia D 2-2 UEFA European Championship
09 Oct 1999 Slovenia v Greece W 0-3 UEFA European Championship
26 May 2012 Greece v Slovenia D 1-1 International Friendly
03 Sep 2020 Slovenia v Greece D 0-0

UEFA Nations League

 

 

Games won: 3
Games drawn: 3
Games lost: 0

 

 

 

 

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A win here will set off the following chain of events

- Ranked in pot 3 for WC Qualifying

- Top the following group: England, Wales, Greece, Estonia, and San Marino . (We don’t drop any points) 

- Go into the WC Draw still as underdogs, with media saying we were a fluke. We get drawn with : USA, Greece, Germany, Japan. 

- Group goes as followed: Greece 9, Germany 6, USA 3, Japan 0. 
 

- Make a run all the way to the WC Finals against European champs , Netherlands. Media plays up the JVS vs Netherlands story line. We win easily, 3-0 with goals from Fortounis (2) and Athanasiadis (revitalizes his career in Greek 3rd division). JVS becomes a national hero. Wonderkid Tzolis is transferred to Barcelona for a whopping €3.5 million. 
 

- The following Nations League we start off 0-2 with losses to Armenia and Latvia

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Ranked in Pot 3. That would be nice. We have to get out of League C and never get back there ever again.

Can someone tell me what do we need to get to Pot 3? Do we need Finland to lose to Wales, and Bosnia to lose to Italy and us to beat Slovenia?

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PAME BOYS!!! WE'RE PUMPED!! 

We continue to hear that things are going to get weird with the lineup, Bakasetas false 9, etc. For the sake of the ethniki, let's at least hope Fortounis is on the field. We posted an interesting stat about the ethniki's shot creation. When Fortounis is in the lineup, the Ethniki converts almost 40% of its positional attacks into shots. When he's not on the field, the Ethniki only converts 21.9% of positional attacks into shots.

Also, if you have facebook, instagram, or twitter, tag @gate7intl while wearing your jersey and we'll share it to our story! 

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Starting line up. two changes

Bouchalakis and pavlidis out for Kourbelas and Giakoumakis

 Βλαχοδήμος,  Μαυρίας, Χατζηδιάκος, Τζαβέλλας, Τσιμίκας Ζέκα, Κουρμπέλης ,Λημνιός, Μπαkασέτας Φορτούνης Γιακουμάκης.

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5 minutes ago, J1078 said:

Starting line up. two changes

Bouchalakis and pavlidis out for Kourbelas and Giakoumakis

 Βλαχοδήμος,  Μαυρίας, Χατζηδιάκος, Τζαβέλλας, Τσιμίκας Ζέκα, Κουρμπέλης ,Λημνιός, Μπαkασέτας Φορτούνης Γιακουμάκης.

Good I just heard it on the radio. Lets hope Giakoumakis has a big game.

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1 hour ago, J1078 said:

Starting line up. two changes

Bouchalakis and pavlidis out for Kourbelas and Giakoumakis

 Βλαχοδήμος,  Μαυρίας, Χατζηδιάκος, Τζαβέλλας, Τσιμίκας Ζέκα, Κουρμπέλης ,Λημνιός, Μπαkασέτας Φορτούνης Γιακουμάκης.

Our strong point with this team, the ultra attacking flair of Koubelis and Zeca.....'Yes'!

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