Mendiliber: “The ball didn’t want to go in – Nothing is over yet and we’re not giving up”


THE Jose Luis Mendilibar clarified at the press conference after Olympiakos’ draw with Aris (1-1), that nothing is over yet in the championship claim.

The Basque coach then stated that he was pleased with the effort of his players, while also answering the question of whether today’s result will affect the psychology of Piraeus.

His statements in detail:

“The ball didn’t want to go in, especially in the first half. We tried hard, especially in the first half, but the ball didn’t want to go in. Instead we conceded a goal by our own fault, however, we tried until the last minute. I am pleased with the effort of the players.”

On the difficult position of Olympiakos in claiming the championship:
“If we had won we would have been in a better position. Nothing is finished yet and we are not giving up. We are not thinking far but we will continue to go from game to game and I believe we can succeed”, he said and was asked about the fact that teams that do not aim for the title can drop points as was done in the match between Lamia and PAOK. “It’s good. We saw Aris who gave everything for the grade. If he did that in all the games, he would be closer to us.”

For his team’s different halves in terms of intensity of play even if the fatigue factor is present: “Certainly in the second half we didn’t have the freshness of the first and the same intensity, but that’s not due to fatigue. We changed eight players compared to the previous game. We were affected a lot by the mistake we made and from which Aris’ goal came. The result is also due to the good effort of Aris”.

On whether the result can affect the psychology of his team: “I believe that we will not be affected but we will continue our effort. It cost us the mistake we make but these things can happen in football. Missing opportunities and finding yourself back on the scoreboard from a mistake. I hope we don’t make similar mistakes again.”

Source: Sport Fm

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