AEK fans all around the world world will be rejoicing today after our beloved team came back from Thesaloniki with a hard earned,well deserved victory over the locals,in the second leg of Greek Cup Semi final.The one nil scoreline was more than enough to take us through to the final on April 30 at the OAKA.
Jimenez,who is already just about an AEK legend,warned the players of a need to have an almost war like mentality going ito the game,telling the players “whoever isn’t ready for a fight to stay home”,before they left Athens.But ready they were,each and every one of the 14 players that wore an AEK jersey today can be proud of their achievements as we fans are of them.With it realistically being half time at 0-0 over the 2 legs,Jimenez knew that a single goal,forcing paok to score twice,would be enough.He had the right team selection and the perfect tactics and we can be thankfull that Manolo is here for us.He played a 4-4-1-1 system with a diamond for a midfield,and it was this shape in particular that stopped paok creating any chances.In fact over the 90 minutes they had 1 clear chance,which Ilic totally wasted.The midfield of Papa Boupa at the back of the diamond,Libe at the front of it,Michel to the left and Makos to the right,closed down their midfielders as soon as they had the ball,forcing them into many errors.Keeping it tight,they completely controlled the middle third of the park.
Saja in goal,was once again well protected and had little to do apart from catch some crosses.Karabelas started left back but got injured midway through the 1st half.He was sustituted by Lagos whose experience showed.Georgias on the right was faultless as well as helping in attack,so happy for him.Dellas was Dellas,the rock,and aided by a young enthusiastic and very gifted Mateos,looked in complete control,making Salpingidis chase shadows all night.Scoocco played behind Blanco in his favourite classic no:10 role,and even though they didn’t get many chances themselves,they did look like a threat in and around the penalty area,which caused the paok players to foul time and time again.It was one of these fouls in the 48th minute which proved the difference,Scocco whipped in low free kick which Dellas bent down low himself to meet and his header just got enough on it to get it past their keeper,making the infamous Toumba shut their mouths.
Once we got the goal,they had to play,and they didn’t or rather,they couldn’t.Nothing changed,we still controlled the middle of the park and looked more than likely to get a second before they got one.As the minutes ticked by,Gate 4 sensed this,and in the 89th minute a pitch invasion forced our players to make their way to the change rooms,stopping the match with virtually injury time left to play.One of their scum bags,actually made it to our bench and started hitting players,Dellas grabbed him and a few knees to the head later by the collosus of Rhodes,the cops took him away.All this was after Saja had been hit by a flair,burning his jersey,thankfully no injury was caused.The players then came back out to resume the match after about a 20 minute break.Saja took a long kick and that was it .Again,their morons made their way onto the field forcing the referee to finally call an end to the match,with roughly 4 minutes of injury time to play.
HOW SWEET IT IS!!!!AEK in another cup final,our 1st after the epic shootout of 2 years ago.Our opponents will be Atromitos,coincidently led by Donis,our couch before Dusan.He lasted about 7 games for memory and at the time was not ready for a big club as AEK.We’ll go into the game obviously as hot favourites and i’m sure the players will deliver to Libe and Dellas what they deserve for their time with us.FORZA AEKARA!!!!!