Kostas Papanikolaou attributed Olympiakos’ victory to the explosiveness shown by his team but also to Panathinaikos’ bad start.
The captain of the “red and whites” after winning the Super Cup, kept his tone low, emphasizing that both the trebles and the “greens” will need a lot of work and all the games of the season will be different.
The statements of Kostas Papanikolaou in detail:
For the first half:“We came into the game very strongly, but the things we wanted to do came out, it’s early in the season to say anything. Maybe it was a combination of our good first half and Panathinaikos’ bad. You can say that with our defense we got them out of position. It’s very early and we have room for improvement, we don’t know where we will end up.”
For the elements that played a role: “In the first degree it was our combativeness, we hunted in every phase, we tried to get them out of the position they felt comfortable. We won the rebound battle. Good effort defensively, offensively we didn’t do anything important. It’s a recipe that’s been convenient for us in recent years, we’re going with it.”
For the next games against Panathinaikos: “The smallest criterion we can all have is today. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we and Panathinaikos will see different games. For the given moment, we were good, but we still have a long way to go and many things to improve.”
Source: Sport Fm
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