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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 June 2019
SPORTS 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Papastathopoulos: ‘There need to be changes’ Following Greece’s second consecutive loss, this time at the hands of Armenia (2-3), the Arsenal centre-back expressed his opinion on how the national team operates, throwing subtle hints towards coach Aggelos Anastasiadis, going so far as to place himself out of the team, should that be necessary It is a time of turmoil and internal strife for the Greek national football team. The two heavy losses in a row to Italy (0-3) and Armenia (2-3) are hard to take, especially considering they were both on home ground and faced little resistance by the white-andblue team. Immediately after the game with the Armenians, Greek captain Sokratis Papastathopoulos spoke to the media and pointed out that he is willing to accept the blame for the result and the bad image of the team, further adding that it is pointless to talk about progression to the final round of Euro 2020 with the way the team is performing, directing his arrows towards head coach Aggelos Anastasiadis. "Today's result is due to a series of mistakes that have been happening for a while now. I take full responsibility for all the players, I'm the one responsible. What else can I say? There's no more looking forward. I won't go into coaching matters. It's not my position to talk about that. "The players make horrible mistakes that are difficult to explain, even for us. These are playground level goals that we conceded today. All the players share a great responsibility which falls mostly on the eldest of us and most of all myself. I accept all of it. That's all I can say right now. "There's a lot of pressure, or maybe there isn't the right amount of pressure that players should have. I can't explain it, it's difficult. I'm tired of appearing in front of the camera and saying the same things. Regarding the players, I take full responsibility. There are some of them that are still young defender places himself out of the squad since he doesn't believe in its capabilities anymore, going on to add that two unlucky results are not enough to shake his faith in the team. Anastasiadis pointed out that his contract expires in November and until then, he will continue to do his best in order to take Greece to the Euro 2020 finals. Despite his optimism, it appears he is losing more and more followers as a few hours after Papastathopoulos' statements, the vicechairman of the Hellenic Football Federation, Nikos Vakalis took to his social media account to publicly apologise for the selection he and his associates made regarding the position of head coach for the national team. Selfishness is a bad characteristic of ourselves and we should suppress it," said the post on Vakalis' Facebook profile. More specifically when it has to do with the common good and especially when we're talking about a national team. Greece’s skipper Sokratis Papastathopoulos spoke to the media about the team’s recent performances, signifying that there need to be important changes for future success. PHOTO: AP/YORGOS KARAHALIS and don't have the experience. "Perhaps we don't have the level necessary for these players to be in the national team, with me first out of all. This isn't the time to say anything else. We have no luck, we didn't deserve to go to the finals anyway. At the last qualifiers (Russia 2018) there was a solid effort. We lost to a better team (Croatia). At least we fought. In these last two games we lost hands-down. "When you play Armenia and you deserve to concede another two goals, you don't deserve to be at the Euro. I Ronaldo enjoys his family vacation at Costa Navarino resort Soccer legend and Juventus' leading player Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived in Messinia, Kalamata to begin his summer holiday for 2019 with his partner Georgina Rodriguez for a family vacation at Costa Navarino Resort. The Portuguese player ar- rived at Kalamata airport on Wednesday afternoon on a private flight from Milan and then flew by helicopter to Costa Navarino. The Peloponnese has particular significance for Ronaldo as his move to Italian giant Juventus last year was sealed with a kiss at the same resort. At that time, speculation was rife about his next moves just before he completed a shock 100 million euro transfer to Juventus. A lucky place for him, Ronaldo is back for more family moments and fun in the sun. Ronaldo and his family on their way to Costa Navarino. have nothing to say to the media. I'm responsible for everything. There will be changes and there need to be for everyone's benefit. I don't want to expand further on this since I'm not the one in charge. If Papastathopoulos needs to stay out for the team to play better, then he will stay out," concluded the 29-year-old. ANASTASIADIS: 'MR PAPASTATHOPOULOS CAN NO LONGER BE HERE' In response to these statements, the national team manager Aggelos Anastasiadis stressed that the Arsenal "And when there's (literally) not a single Greek that supports your logic, then something's wrong (it isn't raining) and dignity needs to overcome the ego. "For all that I'm concerned, I apologise for my share of responsibility. I believed even before these two games that he (Anastasiadis) was the only one who could revitalise the team in this short amount of time. "But I can't be right and eve- ryone else wrong. We are all judged by our results." By the looks of things, there will likely be further developments regarding the Greek national team coach within the coming weeks.
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