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The plan against Volos is to achieve the seventh victory in a row

The plan against Volos is to achieve the seventh victory in a row

Olympiacos completes the Stoiximan SuperLeague regular season with a match against Volos in Faliro. These are José Luis Mendelibre's thoughts on the eleventh.

Olympiacos has achieved six consecutive victories in Greece and Europe from February 10 until today (OFI 4-0, Ferencvaros 1-0, PAOK 4-1, Ferencsvaros 1-0, Asteras 2-1, Panaytolkos 2-1) and is chasing the title. Seventh series in the match against Volos in “Georgios Karaiskakis” (3/3, 19:30, Cosmote Sport 4HD, SPORT24 Live Match Center).

The red and white team wants to achieve a “7 on 7” figure in three weeks, which will also be “6 on 6” with Jose Luis Mendeliber on the bench in the league and in the conference league. The last time Olympiacos achieved more consecutive wins was three years ago, when they finished 8th from mid-January to mid-February 2021 in the league and cup with Pedro Martins on the bench. Specifically, the Piraeus team beat PAS Ioannina (1-0), Panayetoliko (3-0, cup), Atromito (1-0), PAOK (3-0), Apollon Smyrna (3-1), Panayetoliko (3-1). -0). 0, Cup), Ovi (3-0) and Ari (2-1, Cup).

But the Basque technician has had the best start as a bench coach in red and white – alongside Paulo Bento in the 2016-17 season – with five successive victories in Greece and Europe in Olympiacos' recent history. However, the Basque coach's task was more difficult as he took over midway through the season and had many difficulties to deal with, as well as tougher opponents.


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With Medibar on the bench, Olympiacos beat Ferencvaros (1-0, 1-0), PAOK (4-1) and, surprisingly, Asteras Tripoli (2-1) and Panetolikos (2-1). With Paulo Bento, the red and white team beat Arauca (1-0 away and 2-1 at home in extra time), Veria (6-1 at home), Young Boys (1-0 away), and Heracles (2-1 ). . If the Piraeus team wins over Volos, it will achieve six consecutive victories under the leadership of coach Vasco, who will break the record, as in Pinto's sixth match, Olympiacos lost 1-0 to AEL in Larissa.

The experienced coach proceeded to rotate the two matches against Asteras Tripoli and Panetolikos, which Olympiacos won, overturning the result, and the same will happen in the match against Volos. On the one hand, the red and white want to conclude the regular season of the tournament with a victory that rises to 57 points, and on the other hand, they do not want to do so in a convincing way that satisfies their fans.


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With his fans in a league match after 4 months

Olympiacos fans are preparing to fill the stands of Karaiskakis Stadium for the match against Volos, and in fact, at league level, the red and white will play in front of their fans four months later, as was the last time in Cannes Stoiximan SuperLeague in the match against PAOK on 5 November 2023. Since then, he has played Piraeus team with people in Karaiskakis only in the match against Ferencvaros on February 15, 2024.

In the competition, Mendeliber does not have at its disposal Fortunis, Kenny and the injured Gelson Martins. Cabral, Iborra, Carvalho and Do were also not included in the mission. Instead, Al Arabi and my father returned to the mission. Meanwhile, the experienced technician included Paschalakis, Rizzo, Carmos, Essie and Navarro on the card.

Regarding the eleven, the Basque coach left everything open. All indications are that Horta will return to the starting lineup, as will Rodney. If Real Madrid decide to start the match without three of the five players on the card line, the likely formation would be with Paschalakis under the posts, Rodini on the right in defence, Richards on the left, and Bianconi and Viso in goal. Cequinho and Horta in midfield, Pontense and Masoura on the wings, and Jovic (or Alexandropoulos) and Navarro in attack. If Paschalakis and Navarro remain on the bench, Tzoulakis and El Kaabi will compete.

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