The phases created by the Azeris need to be troubled
Everyone in Omonia is focused on Thursday's game against Gabala, where the goal is none other than the second victory over Azerbaijan and qualification to the third qualifying round of the Europa Conference League .
The 3-2 win away from home certainly gives Sofronis Augusti's team a significant lead, but Gabala showed that this is a team capable of causing damage. Especially in transition from defense to attack, Omar Hani's speed, but also Allah's executional skill, need attention. At the same time, in the first game, the Azerbaijanis, in addition to counter-attacks, threatened with long shots, from set-pieces, from the central axis as well as from the sides. . This does not necessarily mean differentiation in faces. It is important to have proper overlaps, and understanding between to avoid easy mistakes. It is what in football slang we call the “chemistry” and “bonding” of the defense.
Of course the defensive function of the team will be the key point for qualification to the next round. The lead is clear and if everything works well at the back, then Sofronis Augusti and the footballers will find themselves continuing their European journey.