The managers are claiming that 9/10 times one match is being played the same way as in team's training during the previous weeks. It is difficult to turn things arouns in individual or team level. This is the easiest way to describe Olympiacos' situation in Europe.
Nowadays, the 20-season spell of the club at Champions League is close to an end, the standard presence at the competition no matter what. So, it is easy to realize that behind the glamorous front, by reaching the deep end, there is a less than honoring vision.
Olympiacos, during their "training", in Greece, were more than comfortable. Always on low speed, ready to use notorious tactics if necessary, never feel the hard way, always transfering the pressure to the opponents, who knew well why they were losing but because of their own depression they never invested with patiece and stability against populism.
And (almost) every time, after a patient and standard and tireless championship win, Olympiacos were participating in Europe like a wedding guest in a bathsuit. The club with an estimated profit of 300 million euros from UEFA, is completing the first round of Champions League with zero points, three goals after 89' when it was 3-0 down and no clear chance for 270 minutes. Against Sporting Lisbon Olympiacos could have lost by bigger margin, against Juventus no serious attack, against 10-man Barcelona for 53 minutes only one scoring effort, Dimitris Nikolaou goal at the final minutes.
For the team which loved the result more than any other at this planet, zero points and solid performances is difficult to be transfered into something positive, no matter what their friendly Media are claiming. Τhe frightened reaction in each match for a team with 20-season experience at the competition, in order to avoid a very heavy loss, is clearly showing the mentality and the "vision": The vice president of Olympiacos was sent at the Press Area of Turin and Barcelona, to speak about Greek refereeing which is "slaughtering our team", not allowing us to earn the 30 million euros from the championship easily. That is the "dream" of Olympiacos during Marinakis era. Because in the recent past, OIympiacos were maybe suffering heavy defeats at Champions League, but there were footballers such us Melberg, Galetti, Djordjevic, Kovasevic in the team's squad, not Alberto Botia, Seba and Uroš Đurđević.
The whole season package, after Wednesday's match, is creating a really sad picture, something which reminds everything the club was "patiently" building all these years. And, of course, a vindication for all those who were publicly supporting the obvious.
Blind from the shining of something fake, most people were handling almost as terrorists all those who dared to desrcibe the reailty face to face.
The moment of truth may be delayed, but it will finally come, this is the law of nature. Olympiacos invested in Media and other activites, which are described at the legal paperwork of Koreas, Andreadis, instead of building a very strong team, capable of competing for European titles. The club had everything: A lot of fans, "hot" stadium, strong administration. I can't imagine how they managed to achieve almost nothing in so many years, it is a question with clear response. Even from those who were acting like blind...
PS: Performing at Camp Nou and leaving the four regular starters of your team at the attacking line because... you will play against PAOK on Sunday... I wonder how many people in Europe would have believed that thing...