PSV again in Greek ‘rodeo’: ‘Olympiakos was the better’ on all fronts

Olympiakos Piraeus stranded last season in the last sixteen of the Europa League, but soon seems to have another attempt to reach the quarter-finals. The reigning country champion of Greece opened his Europa League diptych against PSV with a 4-2 victory in his own home. How is the Athenian-Eindhoven confrontation looked at in Greece? Football scoop makes a round along the fields.

Sport24 felt that the hosts ruled against PSV on all fronts. ‘Offensive, defensive, but above all in mentality and will to win. The Dutch were able to find an answer to the first goals of the Dutch, but thanks to four different goals, the red whites laid a solid foundation for the eighth finals, wrote the news site in an analysis of the match. On the other hand, apart from their defensive weaknesses, Roger Schmidt’s players are extremely dangerous when they have the ball at their feet.
Sportime also saw that Olympiakos had acquired itself a good starting position for the next Europa League round. ‘Olympiakos did what it had to do, played aggressively and scored four goals. However, the defense was regularly put under pressure and there were two counter hits. ‘

PSV should be with a feeling of annoyance to rest. It goes with a 3-2 delay in tea after a mistake by Timo Baumgartl. Are the Eindhovenaren coming back again? #RTL7 #UEL #olypsv pic.twitter.com/YHZQOFXogt
— VTBL âš½ (@vtbl) February 18, 2021

The medium ended his report by highlighting an MVP — Yann M‘Vila, the creator of the 2-1 just before rest — a windfall — Mathieu Valbuena, good for one assist — and a setback: PSV’er Timo Baumgartl enjoyed that doubtful honour. He had a difficult evening. The replacement of the injured Olivier Boscagli made many mistakes, both on the ball and positional. His low point was the ball that Youssef El-Arabi took from him, leading up to the 3-2.
Gazzetta also highlighted Baumgartl and described the German understudy as ‘weak switch’. ‘He replaced the injured Boscagli, immediately gave away the 3-2 of El-Arabi and immediately caused another goal. In general, he had a difficult evening… The Greek newspaper found the PSV defense ‘seasick‘ eyes anyway. ‘The Eindhoven people wanted to put pressure, but that also led to large spaces on the field. Olympiakos turned it into a magical football evening and took a first — and perhaps decisive — step to the eighth finals, with the return in the Netherlands still in sight.

PSV has to take another nil… Philipp Max lays the ball perfectly ready for Georgios Masouras: 4-2. pic.twitter.com/hxgnaihre1
— VTBL âš½ (@vtbl) February 18, 2021

Contra was reminded of the confrontations between PSV and another Greek team: the Eindhovenaren sat in a Europa League pool with PAOK Saloniki before the winter break and made two special matches. ‘It‘s the fate of the Eindhovenaren this season: playing against Greek teams and ending up in a rodeo. After the 4-1 in Toumba and the 3-2 at the Philips Stadium — in both cases a comeback from the home team — PSV was linked to Olympiakos. No one could suspect that there was another thriller in the making, with five goals (!) in the first half. ‘
Olympiakos lost Sunday with 2-1 in the derby against Panathinaikos and then opted for a more conservative approach, saw Contra. ‘We dare to say it: if trainer Pedro Martins had not done that, Olympiakos would have a lot harder with the tempo football of the guests. ‘ Bruma, rented from PSV, also contributed. ‘With his energy he was a useful force on the flank, especially by playing the emerging left-back Philipp Max. ‘