Champion’s League:Olympiacos positive, Arsenal patient for decider


Marco Silva says Olympiacos will go for victory even though they could lose 1-0 or 2-1 and still inflict Arsenal’s first group elimination since 1999/2000; Arsène Wenger is preaching patience.

Marco Silva, Olympiacos coach
It is true that tomorrow we have the opportunity to knock out Arsenal. The fact that we [can afford not to win] will not have an impact on us. We don’t go into any game thinking we will lose. We want to win every match and that’s what we work for.

I don’t care which players are missing for Arsenal. We used players for the first time when we went to the Emirates because we had injuries and used young players with no experience but they wanted to win. Why would this be any different for Arsenal? No matter who is playing, they will play to win. I don’t believe Arsenal underestimated us in the first match in London. I think that at this level all matches are quite difficult.

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager
We have to put in our mind every scenario. If we focus on the performance, the goals will come. Ideally I don’t know when we will score but if we play well we will have a chance to score. Ideally, you wouldn’t like to be patient but we may need to be. In the Champions League you must attack well and defend well and have the desire to win. At stake is to qualify for the last 16 in Europe. That’s what’s at stake

We have to give everything to qualify tomorrow and jump over the hurdle. If you want to have a chance to qualify you must be able to jump the hurdle. We’re here to qualify. We have a history of positive results, so we know we can do it. To do this, we need a top quality performance tomorrow.

Possible lineups
Olympiacos: Roberto; Elabdellaoui, Botía, Siovas, Masuaku; Milivojević, Kasami; Sebá, Fortounis, Pardo; Ideye.
Out: Bouchalakis (thigh)
Doubtful: Da Costa (groin), Maniatis (cruciate)

Arsenal: Čech; Bellerín, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey; Campbell, Özil, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Giroud.
Out: Arteta (calf), Cazorla (knee), Coquelin (knee), Rosický (knee), Sánchez (hamstring), Welbeck (knee), Wilshire (calf)
Doubtful: none

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