First knockout round, first leg – Kick-off 20-45 (CET)
Bozidar Bandovic expects to see “passion and the will to win” from his Olympiakos players against Bordeaux on Tuesday, while his counterpart, Laurent Blanc, promised an attacking display.
“We are playing at home and have our fans behind us,” said Bandovic. “At this level all the teams have quality so we must be fully focused to achieve our goal of advancing to the quarter-finals. We need passion and the will to win to progress in the competition.
“We will look to exploit Bordeaux’s weaknesses and build on our own strengths – everything will be decided by the details. We know Bordeaux’s game. They are very capable, well-organised and have had the same coach for some time. They are a finely-tuned side and very dangerous.”
Bandovic will be without Diogo, who has a torn hamstring and Dudu, who has a foot injury.
Visiting coach Laurent Blanc is expecting a tough test tonight, but he promised that his players will pose a serious attacking threat of their own.
“All matches are difficult at this level and it’s one that Olympiakos are used to playing at,” said Blanc. “The press may say we are the favourites but both sides have an equal chance of going through, and don’t forget that Olympiakos are playing at home in front of fervent supporters. They may have a new coach but the players are the same. There will be two games and I hope that after tomorrow’s match we’ll still have an equal chance – if not an even better one.
“Olympiakos have many Latin American players. They are very dangerous but we’re ready for the match. We expect a lot of pressure in the opening stages of the game but we must keep possession.
“An away goal is very important. We must regain our confidence as a team. We haven’t come here to play defensively: that’s not my philosophy.”
Bordeaux travelled to Greece without the influential Alou Diarra, who has a hamstring injury, and Blanc also has concerns over the fitness of Jaroslav Plasil.