Olympiacos on course to finish as Greece’s worst Champions League team
A meek Olympiacos display against Sporting Lisbon sealed their Champions League fate, as the reigning Greek champions find themselves condemned to last place in their group. It looked as though the 0:0 draw with Barcelona would kickstart a disappointing European campaign, but the team crashed and burned in Portugal.
Holding just the one point in Group D, Olympiacos are on course to set a number of records which they won’t be proud of holding. With their final match against Juventus looming in Piraeus, Olympiacos have to at least draw to avoid recording the worst ever Champions League performance by a Greek club. AEK Athens and Panathinaikos hold the record with just two points in a Champions League group stage, with those tallies coming in 1994 and 2010 respectively.
Olympiacos’ poorest Champions League season came in 2006/2007, when the Piraeus club could only register three points in six games. If Olympiacos don’t defeat Juventus on matchday six, something which appears rather unlikely, it will become the team’s most dismal showing in the competition. However, this certainly won’t be the first occasion when Olympiacos have propped up the rear of the group. In 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006, Olympiacos contrived to finish in last position. You can now add 2017 to that list.
If Olympiacos are to escape becoming Greece’s worst Champions League team in history, their players have to put in a huge performance against Juventus in December. Nevertheless, even if they do somehow beat the Italian giants, it won’t be a campaign which will be remembered with fondness.