Olympiakos coach Michel has a lot to deal with in a such a short time period, while the club's chairman Vaggelis Marinakis and the fans have high expectations for this season.
The chairman brought 18 new players to the Karaiskakis Stadium, among them Javier Saviola, Alejandro Damián Domínguez, Miguel Torres and Vladimír Weiss, and he is waiting for a successful season.
But after the unconvincing perfomance on Sunday evening against Panaitolikos, things have changed.
Everyone in Greece thought that Olympiacos were going to end this year’s Superleague undefeated. But we all saw that Olympiacos are vulnerable. Panaitolikos, an average team from Greece’s province, stood up to them and secured a draw.
All these resulted in even bigger complaints about Michel and his abilities. The first worries were made during the pre-season period with the friendly matches, where Olympiacos was not good enough.
Worries became complaints after the first three matches of the championship, which suggested that Olympiacos were still low on expectations. Michel and the coaching staff suggested that the low performance of the team was something normal because it was the beginning of a new season.
Having taken for granted the low level of the Greek Championship, no one was really worried about it. All of the fans were worried about the level of the team as long as it concerns their participation in this year’s Champions League.
During the first match for the Champions League against PSG in the Karaiskakis Stadium in Pireaus, Olympiakos showed two different sides to them.
During the first half Olympiacos stood up to its big opponent and managed to end it with a 1-1 draw. But during the second half the team totally collapsed and lost the match to 1-4.
Concerns were once more gathered above Karaiskakis but Michel argued that the quality of PSG cannot be dealt with easily and that is what happened in the second of this match.
Fans seemed to accept this fact as an excuse for their team’s second-half appearance, but everything changed after Sunday evening.
Fans, alongside to them the chairman Vaggelis Marinakis, lost their patience with Michel and set as a test to his future with Olympiacos the next Champions League match against Anderlecht in Belgium.
The test is simple: win this match, earn more time and work further with the weaknesses of the team. Or lose this match, and adios amigo.
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