Olympiacos coach Pedro Martins offers confusing Spurs game plan

Date published: Tuesday 17th September 2019 5:00

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Olympiacos coach Pedro Martins says his side will send out a “strong statement” when they host Tottenham in the Champions League.

The Greek side are back in European’s elite club competition after a season away after they came through qualification to make the group stage.

They face a tough start, though, against last season’s runners-up Spurs at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens.

Martins has promised to take the game to the Premier League side, but his pre-match comments were rather confusing after he promised an attacking team, that will be “based on defence”.

“We need to be offensive, a team of quality and concentrate on the game,” the Portuguese said. “We know we are playing against a great team, but we need to show energy.

“We will make a strong statement. We will have our fans who will support us loudly. We are playing against a very good team.

“At this level even a single mistake could make us pay.

“We will be based on our defence which is our asset, but the whole team will defend.

“We need to be stable, decisive and passionate.


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“We must make no mistakes and seize every opportunity that we have through our teamwork to win the game.”

With Bayern Munich and Red Star Belgrade the other teams in the group, qualification is going to be tricky and Martins admits heading into the Europa League after Christmas would be an acceptable outcome.

“In this group there are two big teams, Bayern Munich and Tottenham. If we manage to qualify it will be a very good result,” he said.

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“If they qualify in the top two places and we take the third place and continue into the Europa League it will equally be a good result.

“We know they are two big teams.

“This group is like a small tournament on its own, things might become clear quite quickly if there are no draws.

“If there are no draws all thing will become crystal clear pretty soon.”


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