Arsenal are looking to bring in Ousseynou Ba, who is the defender atOlympiakos, in the summer transfer window. The Gunners came up against the Senegalese defender during the knockout rounds of the Europa League and the immense performances put in by the 24-year-old have attracted the attention. Arsenal are not in the best shape with the club going through a transition. A number of players that have been signed recently have not turned out to be good options and Arsenal remain in the market for more new players.
Olympiakos face the threat of relegation for various allegations like match fixing and corruption, according to a radio station in Athens.Atromitos are also part of the scandal that has just erupted at a time when world football has been brought to a stop. Owners Evangelos Marinakis and Giorgos Spanos along with the Portuguese manager Ricardo Sa Pinto have been held responsible for inducing match fixing and corruption in Greek soccer. A total of 15 persons have been named in the accusations, which claimed that they try to profit by betting on the results.
With the Euro 2020 moved to 2021 and the Tokyo Olympics moved to 2021 as well, there were certain calls to move the World Cup from 2022 by a year as well. However, as at press time FIFA was yet to give such announcement.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that N’Golo Kante won’t return to action for three weeks at the least after picking up a fresh muscular problem. The France international has endured an injury-plagued campaign this season and he was recently substituted after just 10 minutes into the Premier League clash against Manchester United.
Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has praised the impact made by Mikel Arteta since taking charge as the club’s head coach. The Gunners recently returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-0 triumph over Manchester United and they were thoroughly in control of the New Year’s Day clash.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is heavily touted for a return to European football with Napoli and AC Milan showing a lot of interest in the player. The 38-year-old’s contract with LA Galaxy comes to a close in the next few months and he has not shown any interest in renewing this deal. Manager Guillermo, who was unable to get the club to success in the play-offs, says that Ibrahimovic is likely to end his career while playing for a European club. At 38 years of age, the Swede does not have a lot of time left in the game.
Robert Lewandowski was able to help Bayern Munich get a crucial victory over Olympiakos after a 3-2 success. This helped Bayern stay top of their group in the Champions League. This was far from a comfortable victory for Bayern and it was a far cry from the 7-2 victory that the club had over Tottenham in the previous round. There was disappointment for manager Niko Kovac with Javi Martinez and Lucas Hernandez going off with injuries. The result was a major disappointment for the Greek club considering that they took the lead through El-Arabi in the 23rd minute.
Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has said that manager Mauricio Pochettino
would be gutted after Tottenham Hotspur threw away a 2-0 lead against
Olympiakos to settle for a share of the spoils. The north London giants scored
through Harry Kane and Lucas Moura during the first half of their Champions
League opener and they looked good value to secure three points.
Nelson Oliveira’s spell in English football appears to be coming to an end after he has signed for Greek outfit AEK Athens. The Portuguese striker spent the second half of last season on loan at Reading, as he was deemed surplus to requirements at Norwich City. Reading manager José Gomez was very keen on bringing Oliveira on a permanent basis to the Madejski Stadium, but the Royals have been unable to come to terms with the player. Oliveira had a long-standing problem with Norwich that even prevented him from getting a squad member for the 2019-20 campaign in the Premier League. He had one year left on his contract with the Canaries.
Portuguese managers have been growing in big numbers over the last few decades. Even as the likes of Jose Mourinho have been receiving the sack, these bosses have been functioning extremely well and their teams are in very good shape. One of those two managers enjoying a bright spell of form is Pedro Martins at Olympiakos. The Greek outfit were able to extend their brilliant form that they have been showing since last season. Apart from winning the Super League campaign and ensuring qualification to the Champions League, Martins is also hoping for a lot of success in Europe this season.
Olympiakos were only able to finish in the second spot of the Greece standings. However, they were able to conclude the campaign with a remarkable set of 10 victories. Even then, PAOK were able to end up as champions after managing to go undefeated throughout the season. The early stages of the new season have suggested that Olympiakos are still in a very strong position. The team were able to get a 6-1 aggregate success over Russian outfit Krasnodar, who had previously conquered FC Porto. Last season, Olympiakos were able to create headlines by knocking AC Milan out of Europe.