Torosidis involved in reported spat with Anastasiadis, Fortounis treated as team leader
Angelos Anastasiadis sees star midfielder Kostas Fortounis as the leader of the Greek national team, while a spat has emerged between the head coach and Vasilis Torosidis.
In the 2018/2019 season, Fortounis has been back at his best, giving excellent performances with Olympiacos and improving with the Greek national team. Earlier this year, the 26-year-old scored two vital goals in a 2:0 win over Liechtenstein and the dramatic 2:2 draw with Bosnia, with Ethniki Omada boss Anastasiadis impressed by the captain-like characteristics which Fortounis showed.
Fortounis captained the national team in a friendly loss to Turkey on Thursday and could continue wearing the armband in the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers behind Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Greece will host Italy on June 8 and Armenia three days later at the Olympic Stadium.
However, while Anastasiadis’ relationship with Fortounis is blossoming, the same can’t be said for Vasilis Torosidis. In early March, the experienced right-back received a nasty injury with Olympiacos against Apollon Smyrnis in the Super League, but the 33-year-old recovered in time for the international break. Nevertheless, despite being back to full fitness, Torosidis wasn’t selected by Anastasiadis because of disciplinary issues.
According to reports released by sport24.gr, Anastasiadis was offended by words stated by Torosidis after losing to Estonia in the UEFA Nations League in 2018, and he won’t select him again until he apologises for his actions. Giannis Kotsiras (Asteras Tripolis) and Charalampos Mavrias (Omonoia), who were picked for this Greek national team squad, are capable of playing in Torosidis’ position.
Greece conceded a 2:1 defeat to Turkey on the road on Thursday evening and will now focus on preparing for two vital UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers next week. The Ethniki Omada’s first two games in the qualifying process were a 2:0 triumph in Liechtenstein and a 2:2 draw with Bosnia.