Olympiacos fans to pay tribute to former boss Valverde

“We're more excited to see him than Messi”, is the sentiment for the Greek fans according to Athens based daily Protathlitis.

Enviado especial a Atenas
Ernesto Valverde dirige un entrenamiento durante su etapa como técnico del Olympiacos.

This has been the worst start in a domestic league campaign for Olympiacos in 24 years (as Greek sports daily Fos were anxious to point out) but a walk through the streets of Piraeus talking to the locals and confidence is still high that the Thrylos (Legends as Olympiacos are known) will still lift the Greek league title come season end.

Portada del diario Protathlitis con el mensaje de unidad de los capitanes de Olympiacos antes del partido contra el Barça.

The message from club captains, Pomao, Fortounis and Botía is for the fans to remain united in their support for the side and everything points to a packed stadium for the visit of FC Barcelona tomorrow with the game a sell-out.

Valverde's return

All eyes tomorrow in Piraeus will be on coach Ernesto Valverde. “He's back as the leader with Barcelona”, claims daily Protathlitis, who add that the Olympiacos faithful are more anxious to see their former coach rather than mercurial talent Lionel Messi”. Olympiacos ultras group, Gate 7 are also planning their own pre-match tribute to "El Txingurri" who won three domestic leagues and two cups in his time on the bench with the Greek outfit.

Los medios griegos ya recogen la expectación que hay en Atenas para recibir al Barcelona.