UEFA Champions League - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits
|Olympiacos FC||Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis - PiraeusTuesday 22 October 2019|
21.00CET (22.00 local time) Group B - Matchday 3
|FC Bayern München|
Already three points clear in Group B, Bayern München will be looking to consolidate that position as they kick off their double header against an Olympiacos team they have beaten in all four previous contests.
• Emphatic wins against Crvena zvezda and, especially, Tottenham have put Bayern in control of the section, and they now face opponents who have picked up only one point from their first two fixtures.
• Bayern have scored 14 goals in their four matches against Olympiacos, keeping clean sheets in the last three fixtures.
• Most recently, in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller and Kingsley Coman were all on target in a 4-0 home success in Munich. That followed a 3-0 victory in Greece in which Müller scored twice.
• Bayern's first game in Piraeus, in the 1980/81 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round, ended in a 4-2 win, setting up a 7-2 aggregate triumph.
• The Piraeus club looked set to start the 2019/20 group stage with a defeat when Spurs established a 2-0 lead in Greece on Matchday 1, but battled back for a 2-2 draw. It was their turn to let an advantage slip in the second round of fixtures, however, Crvena zvezda running out 3-1 winners in Belgrade after Olympiacos had led.
• Second in the 2018/19 Greek Super League behind PAOK, Pedro Martins' side were unbeaten in this season's UEFA Champions League before losing last time out, having kicked off in the second qualifying round. They beat Viktoria Plzeň (0-0 a, 4-0 h) and İstanbul Başakşehir in the third qualifying round (1-0 a, 2-0 h) before overcoming Krasnodar in the play-offs (4-0 h, 2-1 a) and then drawing with Spurs.
• The point from Matchday 1 equalled the Greek side's six-match total from their last UEFA Champions League group stage campaign in 2017/18, when they finished bottom of a section including Barcelona, Juventus and Sporting CP.
• In 2018/19 Olympiacos went from the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round to the round of 32 thanks to a memorable Matchday 6 defeat of AC Milan in Piraeus. They were unable to get past Dynamo Kyiv in the first knockout round, however, going out 3-2 on aggregate (2-2 h, 0-1 a).
• This season's results have made it ten home European games without defeat for Olympiacos (W7 D3), since a 2-0 loss against Juventus on Matchday 6 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League.
• Olympiacos lost their first two home games against German clubs, but won the next four, scoring 16 goals in the process. They have been defeated in the last two, however, going down 2-1 against Schalke in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage prior to their 2015 reverse against Bayern.
• Olympiacos have lost their last five games against Bundesliga sides, home and away, scoring only one goal while conceding 11.
• On Matchday 1 Kingsley Coman's diving header gave Bayern a first-half lead against Crvena zvezda, further goals from Robert Lewandowski (80) and Thomas Müller (90+1) wrapping up a 3-0 win late on.
• Bayern scored seven goals in a UEFA Champions League match for a record fifth time on matchday 2, Serge Gnabry becoming the 14th player to score four times in a match in the competition in a 7-2 success at Tottenham, and the first to hit four in the second half. It was the 19th time Bayern had scored five or more goals in a UEFA Champions League match, level with Barcelona as a competition record.
• This is Bayern's 23rd UEFA Champions League group campaign, fewer only than Barcelona and Real Madrid (both 24). They have won their section 15 times, although their first-place finish in 2018/19 was their first since 2015/16.
• Twelve months ago Bayern picked up seven points away, and 14 overall, to finish first in Group E ahead of Ajax, Benfica and AEK Athens. They drew 0-0 at Liverpool in the first leg of their round of 16 tie, but bowed out after going down 3-1 in the home return.
• Champions of Germany for a record 29th time last season – with a landmark seventh successive Bundesliga title – Bayern had reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals or better in seven successive campaigns before losing to Liverpool.
• In the 2018/19 group stage, Niko Kovač's side won 2-0 at both Benfica and AEK Athens before a 3-3 Matchday 6 draw at Ajax and the first-leg stalemate at Liverpool.
• Bayern are unbeaten in their last ten European away games (W7 D3), scoring at least two goals in all but the goalless draw at Liverpool last season. Before winning at Benfica the Munich club had not kept a clean sheet on their UEFA Champions League travels in 14 matches; they have now managed three in the last five.
• Bayern beat AEK 2-0 away and home in last season's group stage and have never lost to a Greek club (W9 D2). The German side have kept clean sheets in their last eight matches with Greek opponents, scoring 17 goals across the five most recent contests.
Links and trivia
• Has played in Germany:
Omar Elabdellaoui (Eintracht Braunschweig 2013–14)
• Have played together:
Mathieu Valbuena & Corentin Tolisso (Lyon 2015–17)
Yassine Benzia & Benjamin Pavard (LOSC Lille 2015/16)
• Lewandowski scored in Borussia Dortmund's 3-1 defeat at Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League group stage in December 2011.
• Lewandowski was also on target as Poland drew 1-1 against Greece in the opening match of UEFA EURO 2012.
• Ivan Perišić scored Croatia's third goal in a 4-1 defeat of Greece in the 2018 FIFA World Cup play-offs.
• Mathieu Valbuena is the oldest player to score in this season's UEFA Champions League; he was aged 34 years 355 days when he converted a penalty against Tottenham on Matchday 1.
• The Matchday 2 loss at Crvena zvezda ended Olympiacos's 20-match unbeaten run in all competitions (W17 D3). Their previous defeat came on 28 February, when they lost 1-0 at home to Lamia in the Greek Cup quarter-final second leg.
• Olympiacos's record this season is now W11 D3 L1, with 30 goals scored and nine conceded. Five of those goals have been conceded in this season's UEFA Champions League group stage.
• The Piraeus club dropped their only points in this season's Super League on 22 September, in the away derby against Panathinaikos (1-1). They were 2-1 winners at home to OFI Crete on Saturday.
• Omar Elabdellaoui earned the penalty for Norway's late equaliser in the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier against Spain on 12 October (1-1).
• Uncapped duo José Sá and Rúben Semedo were called up by Portugal for the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers against Luxembourg and Ukraine and were unused substitutes in both games.
• Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain during training on Friday and is expected be sidelined for the next fortnight.
• Daniel Podence suffered a groin injury during a 2-1 league win at Aris on 6 October, when Kostas Tsimikas picked up a knock that ruled him out of Greece's UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers against Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina; Podence returned on Saturday.
• Guilherme was laid low during a viral infection during the international break but recovered to play 90 minutes against OFI.
• Mohamed Camara suffered a minor injury against Crvena zvezda and missed the Aris game but returned as a late substitute at the weekend. Yassine Benzia picked up a minor injury in a training match between Olympiacos' seniors and the Under-19 team during the international break and did not feature against OFI.
• Pape Abou Cissé has not played since 14 September and spent 17 days in hospital with a respiratory infection. He is expected to return to action in November.
• Olympiacos captain Kostas Fortounis is expected to be out of action until March 2020 after suffering a knee ligament injury in a pre-season friendly against Hamburg on 10 July.
• Lazaros Christodoulopoulos has been sidelined since 17 February with a cruciate knee ligament injury and has not been included in this season's UEFA Champions League squad. He returned to full training in September and is expected to be back in action in November.
• On 15 October, Olympiacos announced the signing of 19-year old international Cypriot midfielder Giannis Kosti from Nea Salamina, where he will remain on loan for the rest of the season.
• Former player Alejandro Domínguez joined the Olympiacos scouting department on 20 September; he will focus mainly on South America.
• On 17 October Olympiacos announced Podence has signed a contract extension until 2023.
• Bayern are the top-scoring team in this season's UEFA Champions League with ten goals in two matches.
• Four days after winning at Tottenham, Bayern suffered their first Bundesliga defeat of the season, losing 2-1 against Hoffenheim at home. They dropped two further points on Saturday, conceding an added-time equaliser to draw 2-2 at Augsburg.
• Robert Lewandowski scored his 11th and 12th league goals of the season against Hoffenheim and Augsburg and is now the fourth best Bundesliga scorer of all time with 214 strikes.
• Lewandowski, whose goal against Crvena zvezda on Matchday 1 was his 200th competitive strike for Bayern, equalled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 2015/16 feat of scoring in the first eight Bundesliga matches.
• The Polish striker, who has registered 16 goals in 12 competitive Bayern games this season, is the first Bayern player to score in the first eight league games of a season.
• In the European Qualifiers Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in Poland's 3-0 win at Latvia on 10 October, taking his total to 60 international goals.
• Lewandowski and Thiago Alcántara (Spain) both helped their countries qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 during the international break.
• Alphonso Davies scored for Canada in a 2-0 win against the United States in CONCACAF Nations League A on 15 October – their first success against their neighbours for 34 years.
• Serge Gnabry scored and set up the second goal in Germany's 2-2 friendly draw against Argentina on 9 October. He missed the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier in Estonia four days later due to muscular problems but returned, and scored, at Augsburg on Saturday.
• David Alaba missed the Hoffenheim game and both Austria's EURO qualifiers against Israel and Slovenia due to a rib injury he suffered against Tottenham, but returned to team training on 15 October. He replaced Niklas Süle after 12 minutes at Augsburg, Süle having to be withdrawn after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
• Jann-Fiete Arp underwent surgery on his left wrist on 26 September and has not featured since.
• Leon Goretzka made his first appearance in the Bundesliga this season as a late replacement at Augsburg having recovered from a thigh injury.
The FootballPeople weeks take place from 10 to 24 October 2019 and are organised by UEFA's social responsibility partner Fare. The weeks are a global campaign aimed at tackling discrimination and celebrating diversity in football. The UEFA Champions League is offering its full support to the FootballPeople weeks; teams will line up for a mixed photo with the referees, while an #EqualGame hashtag will also be on display. Videos will be played on giant screens at stadiums across Europe, and child mascots will be wearing #FootballPeople t-shirts. UEFA's collaboration with the Fare network's FootballPeople weeks has been running since 2001. The aim of this initiative fits in perfectly with the goals of #EqualGame, which is looking to promote inclusion, diversity and accessibility.
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