Panathinaikos’ 2019 collapse
Panathinaikos started the season with a point to prove and swiftly erased the -6 they started on in the best possible fashion, scoring freely and playing teams off the park. However, as expected, with a young squad thin on depth, they have not been able to sustain this and as a result, have totally fallen away in the second half of the season.
The Greens even look to be out of the running for fifth spot (and a possible pathway to Europe). They appeared comfortable at the halfway point but Aris have been outstanding in the second half of the season.
After the opening seven matches, the Trifylli had already claimed an impressive 19 points, but it has all turned and in the next 17 matches the team has only picked up 19 points (averaging just over a point per game). In ten extra matches, the team has obtained the same amount of points - in short, that should say it all.
They are in the midst of a tricky run of fixtures - as they hosted PAOK at OAKA and lost 0-2 at home for the first time this season, before offering little in attack to fight out a goalless draw with AEK. This weekend’s derby against Olympiacos will be vital for the team’s confidence heading into the run home in order to avoid a total collapse.
It still makes for grim reading as Panathinaikos won six out of their first seven games but only four of the next 16 - those four against Panetolikos, Asteras Tripolis, Apollon Smyrnis, and Atromitos (of those only Panetolikos was away from home). Wins have been so hard to come by in 2019 that the team is averaging one win per month!
In terms of goals, it is far from atrocious but it depends on how the numbers are interpreted. Panathinaikos have notched 28 goals so far this term, the same as Aris for instance, however, 12 of those came in the opening five fixtures illustrating it as a classic case of what could have been had the team remained consistent.