Friday Frappé: What to do about Panathinaikos’ EuroLeague struggles?
Just days after yet another early exit in the EuroLeague, Panathinaikos’ struggles on the continent are the main talking point in this week’s Friday Frappé…
A 3-0 series sweep at the hands of Real Madrid ruled out Panathinaikos’ return to the EuroLeague Final Four as the Trifylli will miss out of the EuroLeague’s showpiece for a seventh-straight year.
A dominant performance from Facundo Campazzo kept Real Madrid’s title defense alive as Panathinaikos stumbled at the playoff stage after managing an 8-2 run just to qualify for the postseason.
Despite a tight opening game of the series in Madrid, Panathinaikos were put on the brink following a blowout defeat in the Spanish capital as the Trifylli returned to Greece with an 0-2 deficit.
Even with the return to the OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall the odds were stacked against Panathinaikos heading into the third game of the series as no side in EuroLeague history has ever managed to overturn an 0-2 deficit.
Even with the long odds, a sweep wasn’t expected come tip-off on Tuesday night as the Greek Champions were keen to put up a fight to save their season. Alas, even Panathinaikos’ best efforts were not enough as Panathinaikos suffered yet another elimination at the hands of Real Madrid.
Although losing to Real Madrid for the second-straight season certainly compounded Panathinaikos’ problems, perhaps the more-pressing concern for the Trifylli is the club’s dry run of Final Four appearances.
Despite countless titles on the domestic scene, Panathinaikos have continued to fall short on the continent as the Trifylli haven’t reached a Final Four since the 2011/2012 season.
The club’s struggles are a long way from the glory days the Athenian outfit enjoyed during the early days of the competition en route to six titles in 16 seasons.
While the club will be upset about not making the Final Four this season, the manner of this year’s elimination at the hands of Real Madrid should serve as motivation for the club heading into the 2019/2020 season with Athens set to host next year’s Final Four.