As you’d expect Greece is still reeling from the 2007 Greek Depression and there is a great deal of debt throughout the country. Football institutions were hit by the crisis too with attendances plummeting, clubs struggling to cover wages with withering finances and in some cases, bankruptcy.
Aris are a club in £750,000 worth of debt. They have a decent but ageing squad with a large proportion of foreign imports and little strength in depth. There are a few bright gems in the squad however, including young goalkeeper Sokratis Dioudis. At just 23 he’s already an important homegrown player with potential to step up to the international stage.
I’m taking some inspiration from the Greek team that won the Euro’s in 2004, which you can read more about in my ‘How Greece Won Euro 2004‘ post.
Greek football is synonymous with a solid defensive structure, clean sheets, set pieces, good shape and organisation, and that’s what I want to base my tactics on predominantly. I’ll be sharing these tactics in a future post.
When things aren’t going according to plan we’ll need a second option, a final roll of the dice. Since our primary tactic will be focused around set pieces with strong, tall strikers being the typical mould, our backup plan will involve pace and movement.
Plan B is Mason Bennett, on loan from Derby. With electric pace, fitness and agility he should be a real handful for a fatiguing defence and a great way to change the balance of a game.
With every save I like to plot out some initial goals, both short and long-term, to give me something to strive towards and focus on: