Skibbe thinking to call up Christodoulopoulos
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos has been in great form with AEK having caught the attention of Greece coach Michael Skibbe.
Greece’s final two qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are just weeks away and Michael Skibbe is in the process of scouting out players for the upcoming fixtures. One player that has caught his attention is AEK man, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos. The 30-year old has been in great form with his club having scored in his last three outings, including a spectacular free-kick against Rijeka in the Europa League.
Christodoulopoulos has been a key player in AEK’s positive start to the season as the Kitrinomavri sit first in the SuperLeague standings after four matches played. The AEK player is no new name to Greece’s national team, having earned his first cap in 2008, and under Fernando Santos, was a frequent call up. Lazaros also joined Greece in the 2014 World Cup where the Galanolefki made it to the knockout stages of the competition. His last call up came last summer under Michael Skibbe when Greece traveled to Australia for two friendly matches, however he has yet to receive a call up during this qualifying campaign.
The 30-year old could very well earn a place in Greece’s roster for their final two qualifiers against Cyprus and Gibraltar as his great form has not go unnoticed. In addition, Lazaros has developed into a high quality player on the wings, a position that Greece lacks options in.
Skibbe confirmed these reports in a recent interview with Nova stating that he is currently following Christodoulopoulos’ performances with AEK and that all options are on the table for the next round of call-ups at the end of the month.
Skibbe will announce Greece’s roster for the upcoming qualifiers on September 28th and the first training session is scheduled for October 4th. A reminder, Greece will travel to Cyprus on October 7th before hosting Gibraltar at the Karaiskakis stadium three days later in their remaining Group H qualifiers. Greece needs to two wins from their remaining two matches and hope for a Bosnia slip up (a draw will do) against Belgium and away to Estonia, to re-claim second place and hopefully earn a place in November’s playoffs.