Panathinaikos performance in Touba is the confirmation of the belief for those who can watch football without blindfolds or selfish interests. Panathinaikos was not tragic or comic; it was disconnected or tactically incomplete. Basically, plays about as much as he can. It is not a game, but a series of games.
Even when Panathinaikos won, the performance wasn’t different; just hiding the problems under the rug. And of course it makes no different, not in the defeat but in the overall picture, Aretopoulos penalty. It happened in Bruges without Aretopoulos. At Panionios, where after the 1-0 the lights went out. Even against Qabala 1-2 when Panathinaikos in the remaining 30 minutes looked like throwing the white towel on the floor.
Who to blame is a different conversation. These 11 coming to the field have on average a 20-30% chance of improvement. For example: Zeka a smaller, and Berg a greater. Panathinaikos 18 points in 8 games is not bad. Last year he had 13. Panathinaikos, however, like PAOK and AEK are up against Olympiakos that even without being fierce some or even playing good football, is a true team, with players that they can make the difference when the performance is moderate.
Currently there is a gap between the two teams. That seems more likely to open rather than close. Not only the game. It's the whole package. Olympiakos is armored everywhere. Panathinaikos cannot do much more than the basics. Be honest to the fans. Explain that it is impossible to win the League. Try for the best but being honest first to the fans
Many times people prefer to hear innocent lies, despite the brutal truth. But in the end the truth always wins. Panathinaikos cannot face Olympiakos in this marathon. Currently they possess no materials, no guts, no “relationships” required. It would be more realistic then, even if he doesn’t want to say it, stop talking about the Title.
Listening to Alexandros Tziolis after the end of the game, I realized that there are Greek players who think more with their head than with their feet. They asked him whether this win can put PAOK back on the race for the championship and he replied honestly: "We are behind, PAOK cannot realistically speak for the title, and we are a still building the team." I saw no reactions for this statement. A sincere statement always helps to address the next move seriously. As in Greece there are two kinds of football.