Demis Nikolaidis spoke about Panathinaikos’ game against Asteras Tripoli in “Monday FC” and emphasized that the “greens” are winning the matches fairly, but they need immediate improvement in the creative part.
The veteran footballer and commentator of the show also spoke about the announcement of the “trefoil”, commenting that it is wrong to judge the referee and the VAR separately, since they are now one thing, but also that Panathinaikos does not need to feel remorse for the penalties.
He also emphasized that the “greens” have fairly won all their games this year to reach 7/7, since he was always, even a little, better than his opponent, but they face several difficulties in creating phases against closed defenses.
What Demis Nikolaidis said in detail:
“I read the announcement, that’s right. Mistakes will be made, but now there is also VAR. VAR is also included in refereeing. We can’t talk about just one. Are Panathinaikos worried because they won five penalties? No, he shouldn’t be stressed. He doesn’t need to feel guilty. Panathinaikos won five, Olympiacos four, what should we do…”
«I see a Panathinaikos having issues at home. I’ve liked him since last year, but I can see he’s struggling. It doesn’t create many clear phases. It is difficult at home and with teams that play closed. Kourbelis has risen a lot, but he needs a player there who will make the difference. Imagination was lacking with Asteras, his football was a bit expected. As the matches go on, the opponents will stand even better. In order for Panathinaikos to endure and continue like this, we need to see a total of 16-17 players. He wants one there to make a difference. But all his victories were fair. In all seven games he was even slightly better than his opponent. It doesn’t “eat phases”, but I don’t know how long it will last.”
“All this is certainly seen by his coach and I think that at this stage he is interested in defending properly and taking advantage of the opportunities to get the results. Panathinaikos knows how to manage the result. Through this, a team is built.”