The Slovak champion scored the full number of points with the Lincoln of Gibraltar, which coach Vladimír Weiss considered a duty. The ground for his promotion was prepared especially by Thessaloniki, where they drew 1: 1 at the end of September.
The Belas were not a weaker team in this duel, they had more chances and could even win. The result was processed in the first quarter. The home team took the lead in the 9th minute (Akpom), but Slovan answered quickly (Green).
“We would take the draw before the match. She deserves it, but I think we were a little closer to the victory, “commented the first coach of the Bratislava coach, who did not evaluate the performance of his team so positively after any other match.
“It was a great match, played at a high pace. We showed good play, good organization and individual performances, as a team we did not have a weak spot. “
Weiss still knows that it will not be an easier match on Thursday. “We have to play with PAOK as we do in Greece and even 30 percent better,” he said.
Even at the time when Ján Kozák Jr. was sitting on the bench, in August 2019, these rivals also met in the playoffs of the European League and Slovan was more successful. At home, he won with Aben’s goal in the 90th minute and lost 2: 3 in retaliation, but the goals on the opponent’s field decided his progress to the group.
Both teams still remember this match very well, in the basic team of Slovan in the home match there were seven players who are still in the squad. At that time, there was an excellent atmosphere and 20,233 spectators at Tehelné pole.
On Thursday, too, it could have been an exceptional backdrop, but in the end it will be a sad match from this point of view. The club had to stop a well-run pre-sale of tickets. Pandemic measures have changed plans and only a negligible 200 spectators will come to the big stadium!
Last Sunday, the leader of the highest Slovak competition was a bit worried in Michalovce, but he won 2: 1. “We needed this victory to tune in to PAOK. It boosted our confidence before the match of the year, “said defender Vernon de Marco.
PAOK is in third place after ten rounds of the Greek league, only a point behind AEK Athens and the leader Olympiakos, who has not yet lost, is already losing seven points. Thessaloniki has three losses, with the worst offense in the past month, having lost two out of four league matches.
By the way, Slovan also came across the best Greek team in the current year of European competitions. In August, he lost 0: 3 in the European League on Olympiakos and a 2: 2 draw was born at home. The only Slovak participant in the group phase of the European competition will end his program on December 9 in Copenhagen.