Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Atletico eye last 16 berth against Olympiakos

25 November 2014, 10:52

Madrid - Greek champions Olympiakos face a tough task if they are to prevent last season's beaten finalists Atletico Madrid sealing their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Olympiakos haven't played a competitive game since thrashing Panthrakikos 5-1 on November 9 as the Greek league was suspended last weekend following a violent attack on a senior official of the country's referee board.

Michel's men have a realistic chance of reaching the last 16 for a second consecutive year as they are tied with Juventus on six points in second place in Group A, three behind Atletico with two games to play.

Olympiakos shocked Diego Simeone's men with a 3-2 win at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in September, but the Spanish champions have reeled off three straight victories without even conceding a goal since to put themselves in pole position to progress.

The root of that revival was back-to-back victories over Juventus and Malmo in Madrid before they rode their luck in winning 2-0 in Sweden last time out.

Indeed, Atletico have won seven and drawn one of their eight home Champions League games since returning to the competition for the first time in four years last season and stretched their unbeaten home run in the league to 26 games with a 3-1 win over Malaga on Saturday.

"We know that we had three games at home coming up and now we have won the first one against Malaga, which is important because it was a difficult game," defender Diego Godin said on Monday.

"We are going well in the league, we are where we want to be and now we have a final on Wednesday in our stadium and with our fans behind us.

Also read: Arsenal sub Podolski again vents frustration

"It is important to take advantage of our strength at home, but just because we are playing at home doesn't mean we will definitely win. We need to keep fighting."

Godin will be partnered in central defence once more by young compatriot Jose Gimenez as Miranda remains sidelined with a thigh injury picked up whilst on international duty with Brazil.

However, he is the only absentee from Simeone's squad as Mario Mandzukic has shrugged off the shoulder injury that forced him off against Malaga, whilst Guilherme Siqueira and Mario Suarez return after being suspended at the weekend.

Olympiakos will bring two familiar faces with them to the Spanish capital in the form of coach Michel, who faced Atletico 25 times during a 12-year playing career with Real Madrid, and goalkeeper Roberto, who began his career with the Los Rojiblancos.

Yet, despite failing to get a prolonged run in the team during two spells at the Calderon, Roberto insists revenge will not be at the forefront of his mind on Wednesday.

"I spent nine years there and they made me what I am. It is a place where I grew, learned the values of football, about the position of a goalkeeper and the profession," he said.

"On a personal level victory would mean a lot, but it wouldn't be revenge because it is a club that I have in my heart."



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Mudavadi given permission to join...

Musalia Mudavadi has been ghranted permission by his party to join the CORD Coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
EACC officers raid Deputy Governo...

EACC officers raided the home of a Deputy Governor as theft case continues in court. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
New IEBC bosses to be named Novem...

New IEBC bosses will be named on November 30. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
DP Ruto has spoilt my name, activ...

DP William Ruto has spoilt my name, activist complains. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Apologise for attack on Auditor G...

Apologise for attack on Auditor General, President Uhuru Kenyatta is told by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o. Read more...