UEFA EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE UECL:Mendilibar Promises To Take Final Like Other Games

Olympiacos is 90 minutes away from making history, but manager Jose Luis Mendilibar indicated on Tuesday that they will approach the Europa Conference League final against Fiorentina in the same way they have in previous matches.

Mendilibar’s team has the potential to make history by becoming the first Greek club to win a European trophy, but the manager is unlikely to change his mind.

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“We have to stay calm and relaxed and do what got us to the final.

“To change anything would be a mistake,” Mendilibar said at a press conference before Wednesday’s encounter in Athens.

“We have to treat this game like any other, because that’s how we managed to get to the final.”

One of the games leading up to the final stands out from the rest.

In the last 16, Olympiacos lost 4-1 at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the first leg, and their European adventure appeared to be over.

In the second leg, played in Serbia, they reversed the scoreboard before winning 6-1 after extra time, demonstrating that this team never gives up.

For sure that game showed everyone what we are capable of,” the manager said.

“First we went behind and then we did everything we could to turn the match around, and we managed to do so in the second leg. We realised then what we are capable of.”

Mendilibar, who guided Sevilla to win the Europa League last season, took over at Olympiacos in February with the team already out of the Europa League in the group stage, and has assumed charge of their eight games in the Conference League.

It’s been a long road, and one which has taken them back to their home city of Athens for the pivotal encounter of their season.

Along the way, we’ve crossed the whole of Europe, playing against a lot of opponents,” Mendilibar said.

“At times we were favourites, and then underdogs again.

“There are so many different moments and I think we could call it a marathon, and now we’ve reached the end.”

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