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For the first time, AEK is under unbearable pressure

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Can you handle the pressure of the championship? Prove it… Sunday's derby with APOEL at the “Arena” is probably the first this year in which the AEK team will have the pressure of the championship. It is true that until today, especially since last November when Ran Ben Simon took over the technical leadership, the AEK footballers did not have much pressure to win the trophy.

Originally out of the top six, their first goal was to get into the first group and then to secure a place leading into Europe. High goals, but not that require the unbearable pressure of the championship. Arriving, therefore, only -1 from the top, after an admittedly impressive run of 20 games that included 15 wins and four draws, the AEK team reached… “point zero”. In the match of the 5th matchday of the playoffs, AEK presents a first-class opportunity to take the (big) step above, climb for the first time this season to the top of the scoreboard and become the “boss” in the race to win the championship .

In the event of a win next Sunday, AEK will not only move into first place in the standings, but will have three of their remaining five games at home. In essence, the battle for the title will be decided, to a certain extent, at the “AEK Arena”. AEK's preparation resumes today Tuesday (26/3), with Ran Ben Simon having all his players available, pending the return of Tongia, who was with the Italian U21 national team.

< p>Simon on his contract

Meanwhile, in his statements to the media of his country, Ran Ben Simon did not want to comment on his future at AEK, stating absolutely dedicated to the realization of the big goal that has been set to win the title. “It's a complicated situation. I don't have a contract for the new season as when I came I signed for six months. And this, because we wanted to see how our collaboration would go. At the moment I am not letting anyone approach me about this issue (including contract renewal). If I ask for loyalty from my players, then I must be the first to do it,” noted the Israeli coach.

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Source: gipedo.politis.com.cy

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