The coach of Olympiakos, Carlos Corberan, spoke at the press conference before the first match of the Europa League playoffs against Apollon Limassol, referring to the positive elements of his team but also to its injuries.
What they said in detail:
For what he wants to fix and what he needs for a good result:
“I think the most important thing is to maintain our strength, in all parts of the game. To be aggressive, to have an organized and strong defense. To keep our philosophy in all games and be competitive.
Apollon is a team that in the second game against Maccabi was competitive despite not qualifying. They are the team that won the Super Cup and it makes sense at this point to face difficult opponents.”
For what we know from the Cypriot league:
“We will have to be our best selves, focused, with good attacks and strong in defense. Our good self will be able to play a good game and a possible victory will be the result of a good performance since we are playing against a strong opponent.”
For opponent changes given coach substitution:
“For sure! Some things will change, I had the opportunity to meet the new coach in the previous team. There is a possibility that we will see some changes in this sense.”
For Apollo’s strongest point:
“Football is not about math, we can’t calculate probabilities. Olympiacos should be able to maintain a strong performance level. we have a winning mentality, we are a big team. We have to have a high performance to achieve our goal.”
On the status of Mazura, Mandy Camara, De La Fuente and on the subject of injuries:
“We need to analyze in depth the issue of injuries, I have an idea, but in some things we need to analyze more so that we have a more complete view. Regarding Mandi, he was injured in the first match against Slovan, he didn’t practice until today actually.
It doesn’t make sense to rule out an important player but put another player on the list. He was not in the best condition. Masouras traveled with us and is available for tomorrow. De La Fuente traveled with us, he is available, but because he has been out of action for a while, the chances of him playing are slim.”
On whether he has studied Katala’s philosophy while he was at AEK Larnaca:
“Of course I’ve seen the previous games, I’ve also seen his options for tomorrow’s game.”