Mitchell is obliged to prepare two teams one for the league and one for the European obligations. It’s really extremely difficult to balance stepping on two boats because that’s what it’s all about. The… two teams, however you look at them, until recently, have been failing miserably. With his coming Mitchell and after a while it seems that the Olympic of the… league is slowly finding a normal pace.
His Olympiacos… Europa League is looking for him and it is difficult to find him while staying within his goal which is to play in Europe in the new year. To achieve this, he is looking for a breakthrough on Thursday night. To beat Karabakh away from home, from whom they lost 3-0 a week ago at “Georgios Karaiskakis”.
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Even if he succeeds, other conditions must be met so that he can continue either in the Europa League or in the Conference League. He is looking for his first win of the year in a European competition game against an excellent team with great ambitions who have already shown him their strength and cleaned him up in their stadium.
Objectively speaking, the task of Mitchell and Olympiakos is extremely difficult. A team suffering from repeated failures in Europe and with a heavy defeat on the back, plays on Thursday a game without tomorrow. The player who came on in the second half in Heraklion and became the catalyst for the upset and victory is not eligible to participate in this game. The red and whites will play without James Rodríguez and without their scorer in the last games, Cedric Bakabu. They will play again with serious deficiencies and having before them on Monday a crucial game with PAOK for the Greek championship.
All of the above could be perceived as advance justifications for a possible bad result. That’s not the case and there are no second thoughts regarding tomorrow’s clash. Olympiacos is obliged by its history, by its fans and by its status in Europe to play for victory. Mitchell, who went down in Olympiakos history for the team’s big European nights in the first season he sat on its bench, knows very well what it is about.
What everyone is waiting for on Thursday night is first of all a convincing performance and immediately after a victory. The first win in a long time. Whatever formation the coach chooses, whatever players he chooses, the goal is one and non-negotiable. Olympiacos will play to beat Karabakh and have hopes of continuing in Europe. And let his… second team play again.
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