Two of the top coaches in our league “cross swords”
AEK and APOEL cross swords for the second time in this year's championship, in a match that decides the top. The team from Larnaca is in first place with 47 points, while on the other hand the “Blue and Yellow” follow with 46. A battle that is expected with particular interest and in which the coaches of the two teams will play a decisive role.< /p>
Oltra and Milojevic are undoubtedly among the top coaches in the league as they have passed the mark on their teams, with the “battle” of the two expected with particular interest.
The first time they met was in the first round match on 22 October. Then it was Milojevic's third game on the APOEL bench, with the Serb even recording his 3rd consecutive victory as the “Blue and Yellow” had won 1-0. On the other hand, for AEK, the defeat in that game was the last one they suffered in the league, since then 12 games followed with 11 wins and 1 draw. For history, the only goal of the match was scored by Donis in the 41st minute of the match.
However, analyzing the game, the approach of the two coaches was completely different. Jose Luis Oltra had asked his players to stay true to AEK's classic plan, with possession, a lot of passing and a fast tempo in order to create gaps in the opposing defense and find the way to the goal.
De Milojevic, knowing that his team was not ready for a game of possession, setting the pace and creating many chances, chose a different approach. He emphasized defence, with Dowsville playing their best game. The Georgian was everywhere on the field, winning countless duels, stopping the opponents' attacks before they even approached the APOEL area, while he was the player who with his pass unlocked the opposing defense and scored the goal. Essentially, a long ball brought Ephraim's four-four, with the latter's shot being countered and Donis taking the “rebound” to score.
The Serbian coach's plan was perfectly executed by the his footballers, with the final result vindicating him. Even from the statistical side of the match, this is confirmed, as AEK may have had 56% of the possession but only scored 7 final attempts with 2 ending up on target. On the other hand, APOEL had 6 finals with 2 also finding a goal and one ending in the only goal of the match.
However, the facts today are completely different. APOEL maintains its very good defensive function but at the same time has improved offensively, while AEK has remained undefeated since then, having the second best defense in the league and the second best attack.
In general, the battle of the coaches presents a special interesting, with the winner of today's game giving the team an important psychological advantage ahead of the next game.