Match of the Weekend: Panathinaikos - PAOK
By cy.Reporter, 21 May, 2022
Panathinaikos-PAOK, Greek Cup final, stadium: "Olympic Stadium", 20:00, cytavision4
Panathinaikos and PAOK are competing for the conquest of the Greek cup at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. The title for both teams is important, as the title of champion was won by Olympiacos Piraeus. Thus, the two opponents will have a first-class opportunity to win the second title of the year in Greece and to complete the year in the best way, as both have secured their exit to Europe.
Ivan Jovanovic's team is in excellent condition, as during the playoffs it achieved significant victories over both Olympiakos and PAOK and secured its participation and return to the European competitions of the upcoming season. In the world of "clover" there is a gathering and everyone wants on Saturday night to celebrate the return to the titles after eight whole years. In the last match of the league against PAOK, the Serbian coach rested players, made changes, as the match did not matter in terms of points.
PAOK wants to maintain the "scepters". Razvan Lucescu's team wants to do the "back to back" and after last year's conquest to celebrate another one, this time against Panathinaikos. The truth is that the playoffs were a very difficult process, as the unsuccessful results, the fatigue and the absences, brought the players of the Romanian coach to their limits. However, the exit to Europe has been secured and there is only one race left to complete the season. In terms of matches, there are no longer significant absences for the Romanian coach.
Plus and minus
+ The image of the last month gives an "air" of optimism to the team of Panathinaikos for winning the cup.
-Panathinaikos is almost a decade away from the titles and this can bring further stress
+ Comes from last year's cup win, with Razvlan Lucescu knows how to win important games
-The image of PAOK in the last month showed a team tired, without energy and "runs"
In the last five matches, Panathinaikos has three wins, one draw and one defeat
In the last five matches, PAOK has one win, one draw and three defeats
Panathinaikos has only lost once in its last five games
PAOK has only one victory in its last five games
In three of the five matches of Panathinaikos, less than 2.5 goals were scored
In its last five participations in the final, PAOK prevailed in four
In 84 matches Panathinaikos has 40 victories, 13 games ended in a draw and PAOK has 31 victories
With all the players on the mission
Razvan Lucescu chose to include all his players in the mission. The Serbian coach wanted to show that the team together deserves the trophy. In fact, a few days before the final, the experienced coach signed the renewal and thanked the club, saying: "I want to thank the management of Panathinaikos and Mr. Alafouzos for the opportunity to continue with my colleagues the work we started at Panathinaikos a year ago about. "My wish is to look worthy of the expectations of the great club of Panathinaikos and its millions of fans", said the coach of Trifyllio after reaching the agreement ".
Lucescu: "We are playing for one of the best seasons in our history"
PAOK coach Razvan Lutsescu spoke about this season and the final, saying: "You know very well… Tomorrow we do not play just one final, we play to have one of the most successful seasons in the history of PAOK, for one of the four most successful season in team history. We are in the Cup final, being in the second place of the championship and in the quarterfinals of a European event ".
Panathinaikos 4-2-3-1 Goal: Brinioli, right back: Kotsiras, left back: Juankar, center back: Veleth, Sengaflend, central midfield: Ruben, Vigiafanies, midfielder: Gacinovic, winger, left winger: Paclaios, left winger: for: Ioannidis
PAOK: 4-2-3-1 Goal: Paschalakis, left back: Vierinia, central back: Crespo, central back: Inganson, right back: Sastre central midfielder: Kurtic, Douglas Augusto, midfielder: El Kaddouri, right winger: Z left: Biseswar, center forward: Akpom