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Reds to stick with Bandovic

The 2-0 loss to Aris suffered by Olympiakos on Wednesday, at the start of the soccer Super League playoffs, confirmed that last year’s double winners are in a crisis that could have unpredictable effects on the future of the team. With the all-important participation in next season’s Champions League under threat, as Olympiakos has been joined at the top of the playoff table by PAOK, the team requires drastic measures but the board is reluctant to make any moves. Despite the mounting criticism on players and the coach, Olympiakos has reportedly decided to stick with manager Bozidar Bandovic, and is against imposing a fine on players before the crucial home match against AEK on Sunday. AEK, in turn, is close to bringing back Nikos Liberopoulos from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer, after the German side’s coach Michael Skibbe suggested that «Libe» is returning home. Liberopoulos met with AEK president Stavros Adamidis a few days ago in Germany. Yesterday, Larissa announced the return from France of former Arsenal defender Stathis Tavlaridis, who will be joining the Thessaly club for the next four years.