today 03:00 | Slovan Bratislava two weeks ago in Budapest against Ferencváros (2:1) won the most valuable scalp since the return of coach Vladimír Weiss st. He came close to raising the bar in Piraeus on Thursday. Four minutes before the end of the opening match of the 3rd preliminary round of the European League, he was winning 1:0 on the hot ground of Olympiakos. Then he hesitated punishingly while defending the set piece and the Greek champion with a six times more expensive team equalized at the final 1:1. How did Slovan reach for the sensation? Also read Huge damage. In the end, Slovan threw away the chance to beat the lackluster Olympiakos Weiss: The best match under my leadership There are several reasons on both sides. “Belasí” did everything well in two thirds of the field except for a few hesitations. If they had chosen the right solutions also in the attacking part when making the final passes and when finishing, the result could have been even more favorable. “We played the best match under my leadership so far. We played excellently. I praise the players for their performance and tactical discipline,” assessed Weiss senior. The worst Olympiakos in 20 years Slovan’s performance also stood out thanks to the fact that the Greek giant is struggling. “I don’t think that Olympiakos is better compared to last year’s matches against Slovan. The team is in shock from the big loss against Maccabi Haifa,” announced gazzetta.gr editor Polydoros Papadopoulos in an interview for ŠPORT.sk. Also read Olympiakos owner’s anger, the team is in shock. Respect to Weiss, he says before… A week ago, Olympiakos exploded in the home rematch of the 2nd preliminary round of the Champions League against the Israeli champion 0:4. The management fired the coach Pedro Martins after four years, his inexperienced successor and disciple of the legendary Marcelo Bielsa Carlos Corberán (more about him here) graduated three days after his arrival. You could feel it on the favorite. The players don’t seem to know what to do at times. “The worst Olympiakos in the last 20 years. Slovan is lucky to be playing against this version,” the aforementioned Greek journalist wrote to us during the match. Olympiakos is in danger of not advancing to the group of one of the two most prestigious European competitions for the first time since the 2010/11 season. “Olympiakos is a great team with history and excellent players. They wanted to, but they have a mini-crisis and were under psychological pressure,” said coach Weiss. Read also Olympiakos changed coach before Slovan. The big name refused, the apprentice came… We can’t do this. One mistake cost us the triumph. In the post-match press conference, he was confused by his poor corner kick defense at the end, when former 52-time France international Mathieu Valbuena found the head of an uncovered Youssef El-Arabi. “I was disappointed that we conceded such a goal. We spent three days preparing for the standard situations of Valbuena. We cannot make such a mistake with an open corner. We opened up space and El-Arabi remained free. One positional mistake cost us the victory.” The experienced helmsman believes that Slovan will handle the rematch on the Tehelno poli better this time than a week ago, when he overcame the lead from Budapest: “We play with more passion outside, at home the responsibility seems to bind our legs and the opponent plays with us easier. We really want to go to the group. It didn’t work out with Ferencváros, but I believe that now it will be successful and the stadium will be full again. The players and the club deserve it for today’s performance.” Also read Weiss: Emotion clouded my brain. I take the loss on myself, I draw the consequences What about efficiency? Slovan has to improve efficiency, he could easily have added two or three more goals in Greece. The three strikers Eric Ramírez, Ivan Šaponjič and Žan Medved played a total of 632 minutes this season, none of them scored yet. The first-named also threw away his tutu in Piraeus. “We still have to work on the decisive moments in big matches. Ramírez wanted to score, but didn’t take a clear chance. Big matches are about moments like this, when you have to score a goal,” urged Weiss senior. Also read Will Weiss’ Aces Take? Slovan does not pay them for nice T-shirts and good cars, he challenges… His wards will welcome the guests of Skalica in the league on Sunday, the Greek champion next Thursday from 20:30. “Olympiakos has a quality team, that must be respected. I believe that we have a chance based on emotions and with a good performance like today,” hopes the coach.
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