“Wrestling of the Year,” Slovan Bratislava’s campaign has been announcing for two weeks now with the original goal of selling Tehelné pole as far as possible. While the Slovak champion is focusing all his attention on Thursday’s duel in the Conference League, PAOK is dealing with other concerns.
Lucescu: I don’t know which sick people published it
The Romanian national team did not advance to the playoffs for the World Cup 2022 at the expense of Germany and Northern Macedonia, coach Mirel Radoi finished. Gheorghe Hagi has already turned down an offer to take over the team, and according to Romanian media, PAOK coach Razvan Lucescu is the second president of Razvan Burleanu.
The speculation was supported by photography in the Greek press as Burleanu and Lucescu dine at a Thessaloniki restaurant. “Team, fans… In short, everyone is waiting for your comment on yesterday’s meeting with the president,” was the opening question in the press before the PAOK-Slovan meeting.
“I will not talk about my free time or dinner with the president. We’ve known each other for a long time, we weren’t at dinner for the first time. This is nothing I should comment on. I’m here, I’m a PAOK coach with a three-year contract and I want to continue. I don’t know which sick people did and published the photo, “Lucescu said a little annoyed in English.
After translating into Greek, he took the floor again: “To conclude, we have met with the president of the union in the same restaurant several times, because we know each other. But there is nothing else behind it. ”
Nevertheless, another question from a local journalist led to a connection between the coach and the national team. Lucescu reiterated that he is and will be the coach of PAOK. According to the Greek media, his three-year contract with the club also includes a ransom clause worth 7 million euros, which the Romanian union would have to pay.
Lucescu: We are not a winning team at the moment
FC Copenhagen leads the F-group of the Conference League with nine points. Slovan and PAOK have two less. The most successful Danish club, in the event of the expected victory over the Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps, will secure advance in at least the sixteenth quarter.
In this context, Lucescu described Thursday’s match in Bratislava as follows: “It is the group’s final, although we will have another duel. The winner will get a much better chance to move on. In this context, there is tension and pressure from a psychological point of view. ”
The winning imperative was emphasized by Cape Verdean tracker Fernando Valera: “The match is very important for the position we want to have in European football. We want to win. If we came after a draw, we would definitely lose. We have to concentrate, because Slovan has a good team, he plays at home and, like us, he believes in the chance to advance. ”
PAOK lost the injured captain and European champion of 2016 Vieirinha. The team gives unbalanced performances, on Sunday they lost to the last Atromitos 0: 2. He is already losing seven points to the leader Olympiakos in the league after 10 laps from the third place.
“We are not mature enough at the moment to be a winning team. Teams also win matches in which they play badly. We need a fantastic performance to win. When we play nicely, the result is questionable. When we play badly, we lose, “Lucescu asked for time.
Only 200 spectators will see the key match of the F-group on Tehelné pole due to restrictions in connection with the coronavirus. Lucescu commented on the fact: “I would have preferred them to be there, even though we’re talking about the opponent’s fans.
However, we are in a difficult and serious situation. We need to understand this and make a sacrifice to get out of the pandemic. These decisions are not to be commented on, but to be respected. ”