Slovan did not score in the key match of EKL at home against PAOK Thessaloniki and did not use the chance to advance.
Guram Kashia (Slovan) in a header duel with Chub Akpom (PAOK).
At the same time, however, he did not lose it after a 0-0 draw and will be beaten to advance to the 16th quarter-final.
However, PAOK has an easier position as it welcomes an outsider from Gibraltar, Lincoln Red Imps, and the “whites” face a challenging task at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.
Coach Vladimír Weiss st. after the match, he was especially sorry that his charges were no longer braver: “We wanted to win, we wanted to be more active, but we lacked predation and quality ahead. But I praised the team. There are more reasons why it didn’t work out.
We played little forward on Henty or Vlad (Weissa – note). We had a great chance after a shot by Medvedev, some half-chances, but the guests also had them. The draw is probably fair, but it’s not enough for us. “
After the triumph over Lincoln, Copenhagen secured the promotion to the round of 16 as the group winner, the teams from the second places will play against the teams that finish in third place in the European League groups to advance to the round of the elimination stage.
“The math is simple, we have to win in Copenhagen, I guess PAOK at home can’t win by more than three goals. Everything is possible in football. Copenhagen won in our country, but it was not so dominant. Everything can happen, we will go to risk and win. and we will play more relaxed.
We can only get. We are looking forward to the match, the stadium will be full. Copenhagen won the group, can play openly, will be good football. “PAOK plays at home, but it is not written anywhere that it will win 5-0 or 6-0,” Weiss said.Read more Slovan drew, the procedure is in his hands. We were scared, Weiss says
Slovan’s coach tried to change something in the match with substitutions, he replaced Green and Zmrhal with Čavrič and Dražič.
“The attacking players were already tired. We wanted to get through the wings, but we did not get into the area. Every coach believes in what he alternates, we wanted to revive it. We had to wait until the 80th minute and then take the risk.
But if we opened the game, the opponent was very dangerous. But we could play better with them if we were more offensive. We had few starts. We tried, the question is whether it was our ceiling. When we played in the Champions League Preliminary Round in Bern, both Vlado and Henty were in better shape than today.
But they were injured and sometimes it is not easy to return. But I trusted Henty to make one or two breaks today, but they guarded him. It’s a shame, but we respect the opponent. Miracles happen and we want to go to Copenhagen to win.We pay attention News, discussions, comments … Join us and follow our FB page Šport.Pravda.sk
Too bad there weren’t people today, I believe they would help us. In the first half, the guests attacked us well, we wanted to play sensibly. We also sat back sometimes and waited. PAOK came to life at the end when we were running out of energy. But on a better day, we were able to beat them today, “said Slovana coach.
He could not count on the midfielder Jab Kankav, whose mother died and had to travel home to Georgia. He was replaced on Wednesday by two defensive players, Rabiu and Uche Agbo.
“Ibi and Uche were strong, both played well. Jaba was missing, but he is a great man and it hit him, “Weiss said.
One of Slovan’s best players in the match was Kankava’s compatriot Guram Kašia, who stopped the Thessalonians’ promising chances several times.
“We defended very well, but we didn’t have many opportunities in the offensive. That wasn’t enough for the goal. I consider the draw fair, “the Georgian defender concluded.
Source: Pravda – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by futbal.pravda.sk.
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