Mug for one tonight at OAKA where PAOK and Panathinaikos will fight for the last title of the season. Two gladiators coming from a completely different page in their… history book each team. And for each of them the conquest or failure will have a different impact.
PAOK is at the peak of its history, starts every season and dreams of a title. He made one of the best historical marches in Europe, he has become a body with the coach - who has now cut the pictures ("for me we did not lose, we won") and is accepted and accepted by the vast majority of football fans in Greece, regardless of team preference. It has a very strong administration that does not owe half a euro and everything in the competition department runs ideally. It has players with competitive but also "financial" displacement.
Panathinaikos has just left (?) from the worst crisis in its own history. Long period without a title, perhaps the longest since the creation of the club. Obviously, for those who have half a dram in their head, the clover remains one of the two top teams in the country; two top ”is in danger of being lost. From PAOK in fact! It has a bunch of good legionnaires and 2-3 ambitious or decent fighting Greeks. But it has stopped producing footballers, or at least it has not had a good squad for the last five years. To buy, not to mention under the current administration which for many is the worst in history and plays the displacement of the team on the dice. There are many who charge Alafouzos with an effort to make PAO an eternal opponent, ally -if not a tail- of Olympiacos!
If PAOK loses the cup the season will fail. Let us not hide. A good course in Europe is not enough for such a displaced club. A title is the minimum required to be celebrated in Thessaloniki and to pass in the consciousness of the people that PAOK is now a permanent title-contender, not a poor relative. This certainly increases the stress of players, management and technical leadership, but s thats it. As they say in my village.
If Panathinaikos loses the cup, will not open nose. The season is already successful. He has won a place in Europe where he returns after a while and having gone through a terribly difficult period in his history as a club. He has won a coach that everyone, people and players like. He played good ball again, even at intervals, and everyone is optimistic about tomorrow. As long as money falls and there is a serious administration. Thus, a cup will be a huge achievement, but not out of the ordinary.
Tonight in OAKA two worlds are hit. That of the old power that lost its way and is now trying to redefine itself as one of the two great ones. And that of the usurper who only wants to stay in the top-2 and continue to grow stronger, to fill cups in his trophy cabinet. This is playing today in Maroussi. The War of the Worlds!