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Olympiacos aiming for third consecutive title

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For the time after the era that legendary Yoguplastica conquered the European Championship three times in a row, the club’s team is close to repeating this level of accomplishment.

Olympiacos has two consecutive Euroleague titles and they are going for the historic three-peat. Coach Giorgos Mpartzokas states that his team's roster has more depth than last year’s, even though they lost Kyle Hines, Kostas Papanikolaou and Pero Antic.

Bartzokas also claims that the roster has his full support and that he has a lot of faith in them in achieving the three-peat. He admitted that this goal is a tough one but with hard work everything is possible.

Furthermore, he used the example of the previous game against arch rivals Panathinaikos this Monday for the Greek championship to pinpoint the importance of a young player of his team - Vaggelis Mantzaris.

Mantzaris lost the whole season last year due to severe knee injury. Mantzaris had an amazing game against Dimitris Diamantidis - the captain of Panathinaikos - that resulted in a much desired win. With this example, he tried to explain the importance of everyone in the squad. To sum up, Bartzokas claimed that his team can make the three-peat but, on the other hand, he acknowledged the difficulty of such an accomplishment.

My opinion is that although Olympiacos has the chance to make the three-peat, CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Panathinaikos' presence promises an exciting season and they will each defend their possibilities for the title until the end.

For me, there is no big favourite for the title and it is going to be a matter of timing and luck.

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