Yes, we are talking about Olympiakos and his fans hard landing. How couldn’t we, moreover, that after last year's consecutive wins against Panathinaikos and comfortably winning the league at the beginning of the current season has changed and the "Greens" already count two wins in as many games.
Although it is too early for firm conclusions to be made, the opinion that the majority of the Olympiakos Fans is "what's wrong and changed everything" The majority stands on Spanoulis and his poor performance, which was once again in the Olympic Stadium. We agree that the 33 year old superstar of Piraeus did not help with his team difficult effort. we would say that it was rather harmful.
Olympiakos’ problem, however, as shown by the sample we have, it’s not V-Span, but the lack of a one more.... Spanoulis. A player who can create, who can score when Spanoulis is blocked, who can carry the team on his shoulders, when Spanoulis will be on the bench or in the pits injured. Strawberry couldn’t do this; Sfairopoulos is looking for ther things from the Turkish champion of Karsiyaka. Hackett is a player with big personality, but not aggressive enough, a power that Spanoulis possesses, the ability that Sloukas has if you will, Delaney has it too (we mention his name, because he was a big Olympiakos target for last two summers).
Moreover, and this is also very important, the "Reds" are minus one guard, compared to last year. Sloukas left, Lafayette left, Dardenne left too and Hackett and Strawberry replaced them. Brought Athinaiou in, not a bad player, but we haven’t seen him playing. On the contrary, Sloukas, Lafayette and the Dardenne specific roles and playing time. Not to get confused and mistaken, Athinaiou did not come in to fill the place of Katsivelis, but Lafayette. For Katsivelis place, Toliopoulos was bought.
This is the problem of Olympiakos as we saw by this little sample, we have in our hands. Olympiakos won’t face any problems regarding the front line.
And what about Sfairopoulos? He was very nervous yesterday reminding us of George Bartzokas. And we emphasize on this because last year we saw a man so calm. Perhaps the pressure from the defeat in SEF played its part, after the second defeat from Panathinaikos in just 20 days it would not be the best possible start. On the contrary. Maybe he realizes that it should have been strongest roster in his hands, watching and Panathinaikos has risen much. Who knows. However, we will be talking about a magician coach of Olympiakos, if he can find a solution regarding the guards. We'll pull the hat, as we did last year when he took a group from the cliff and led them to the top.