Following the shock Greek Cup defeat to Lamia, there were rumours that Pedro Martins’ job as Olympiacos head coach was at risk, but it’s been reported that the 48-year-old will at least be given until the summer to fix the situation.
A potentially successful season for Olympiacos has rapidly fallen apart in the past few weeks. After a 1:3 defeat to PAOK in Thessaloniki, Olympiacos then lost to Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Europa League, before the Thrylos contrived to suffer elimination from the Greek Cup by Super League minnows Lamia. On Thursday evening, there was doubt surrounding Martins’ future as Olympiacos boss after the shock defeat to Lamia at the Karaiskakis Stadium, but the media subsequently reported that the Portuguese manager will stay in his position as head coach until at least the summer. Olympiacos sit in a comfortable second place of the domestic championship and are likely to qualify for the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League.
Incidentally, Olympiacos registered a huge 28 shots in the 0:1 Greek Cup quarter-final defeat to Lamia in Piraeus, with 18 of them being on target. In stark contrast, Lamia only had one attempt at goal in the entire game, with that single effort nestling in the back of the Olympiacos net. Olympiacos also had 11 corners and boasted 74% of possession.
In another blow for Martins, he will be unable to call upon the services of winger Gil Dias for another couple of weeks, with the Portuguese player having suffered a knock. If the recovery process goes smoothly, there is the faint possibility Dias will be ready for the Eternal Derby on March 17 against Panathinaikos, however it’s looking more likely that the 22-year-old will return after the upcoming international break.
Since joining Olympiacos on loan from AS Monaco in the winter, Dias has played in six matches for Olympiacos across all competitions, contributing with two goals.
Another on the sidelines is midfielder Mohamed Camara. In the 5:1 Super League win against OFI, the 22-year-old pulled a bicep muscle in his left leg, an injury which means he will miss the next two weeks while he recovers. Initially, there were fears it was something more serious, but it was later confirmed that the Guinean will only be unavailable for around 14 days.
In his debut season as an Olympiacos player, Camara has been a key figure for the Piraeus outfit in midfield, protecting the defence to good effect. He’s also scored three Super League goals in 18 matches.
OLYMPIACOS PUSHING TO MAKE SA MOVE PERMANENT
In Portugal, media outlets have been reporting that Olympiacos representatives are on their way to the country to make the loan of FC Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa permanent, with the Erythrolefki eager to keep him in Piraeus.
Last August, Sa joined Olympiacos on loan from Porto, and the 26-year-old has become the team’s number one goalkeeper after starting out as the back-up to Andreas Gianniotis. In 25 games in all competitions, Sa has conceded 20 goals while tallying 10 clean sheets, in turn persuading Olympiacos to sign him permanently. Olympiacos are now ready to pay Porto 2.5 million euros in order to activate his release clause.