Canadi frustrated after losing to PAOK, Lucescu satisfied with motivation

Canadi frustrated after losing to PAOK, Lucescu satisfied with motivation

PAOK Thessaloniki got back to winning ways in the Super League following the recent controversial court cases, defeating Atromitos Athens 2:0 in Peristeri.

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Searching for the win to keep in touch with leaders AEK, visitors PAOK controlled proceedings in Peristeri, scoring twice as Djalma Campos and Jose Angel Crespo hit the target to deliver a large blow to Atromitos’ slim Champions League hopes.

After losing at home for only the second time this Super League season, Atromitos head coach Damir Canadi stated that his team didn’t deserve the defeat: “Unfortunately, we lost today, but I don’t think it’s a fair result,” complained the 47-year old Austrian. “In the first 15 minutes, we had chances and weren’t given a penalty. If we had gone ahead, the game would have turned out differently. PAOK scored two goals from set pieces. If I thought everything was bad in Greek football, I wouldn’t have signed a new contract. Everyone in the league must contribute to improving matters.”

PAOK boss Razvan Lucescu noted his annoyance with court decisions which resulted in the club losing three points from the table: “On the field, I know that we have 58 points,” said Lucescu in his press-conference. “There is a feeling of injustice, but we played with a motivation to win. We had to show on the pitch that we’re working hard. We found space between the lines against Atromitos and achieved the required result.”

Djalma Campos, who scored the first goal for PAOK in the first half, shared his feelings after picking up an important win: “Atromitos have a good team, but we worked hard for the win and I was happy to score the first goal. After our second goal, we tried to control the game. Our job is to play on the pitch, we’re trying to focus on that and be mentally strong.”

by Shaun Nicolaides
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