Silva: Olympiacos-Dinamo will decide nothing
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Olympiacos could be six points clear of third place in Group F come full time on Wednesday, but coach Marco Silva does not believe the visit of Dinamo Zagreb "will be decisive".
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- Marco Silva dismisses the notion that a win will be "decisive" for Olympiacos
- The Greek side could establish a six-point cushion over third place
- Olympiacos have a 100% record in the Greek Super League this season
- Silva's men won the reverse fixture 1-0 a fortnight ago
- Dinamo have lost four of their last seven games in all competitions
Olympiacos: Roberto; Elabdellaoui, Botía, Siovas, Masuaku; Milivojević, Kasami; Pardo, Fortounis, Sebá; Ideye.
Out: Bouchalakis (thigh), Domínguez (hamstring), Maniatis (knee), Vouros (unspecified)
Doubtful: Cambiasso (calf)
Dinamo Zagreb: Eduardo; Măţel, Gonçalo, Benković, Pivarić; Fernandes, Machado, Antolić, Rog, Pjaca; Henríquez.
Out: Pinto (hamstring), Schildenfeld (thigh), Soudani (thigh), Ademi (suspended), Sigali (ligaments)
Doubtful: Pavičić (hamstring)
Marco Silva, Olympiacos coach
As I've said on other occasions, I don't believe tomorrow's match will be decisive regarding the outcome of the group. The final game will be the decisive one. Of course, a win will improve our chances of going through, but this won't be the decisive match.
In Zagreb, we did very well against a team who were unbeaten at home for 50 games. That shows how impressive our achievement was. They are very strong and dangerous on the counterattack. We have to inflict more damage on them than they do on us.
Zoran Mamić, Dinamo Zagreb coach
We expect a great game in front of a passionate crowd. We played well in the first match in Zagreb and we believe tomorrow we will play even better – despite the partisan atmosphere.
Our relative inexperience could be a cause for concern, but it may also act as motivation. We expect Olympiacos to be aggressive but we are prepared for this. We know who Olympiacos are and we will do the best we can. Unfortunately, we have injuries but we have found solutions to replace the missing players.
Veria 0-2 Olympiacos (Ideye 55, Durmaz 74)
Silva's side maintained their perfect Super League record with a ninth successive win. They have an eight-point advantage over second-placed Panathinaikos.
RNK Split 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb (Franjić 38)
Dinamo have lost four of their last seven fixtures, having gone into matchday two 45 games unbeaten in all competitions.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Dinamo Zagreb: LWLLWD
Reporter's view: Vasiliki Papantonopoulou (@UEFAcomVassP)
This is like a final for Olympiacos. With victory they will assure themselves of at least third spot – and European football in the spring – as well as gaining a shot of confidence ahead of Arsenal's visit to Piraeus. The hosts are already in high spirits considering their form this term.
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Dinamo have never qualified from the group stage in their four previous attempts – 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2011/12 and 2012/13. Find out more in our extensive match background.