I was proud of the dignified way the Club conducted itself in an ultimately fruitless attempt to have tonight’s game postponed.
But let’s get this right. Football is insignificant in these unprecedented times. The moment Olympiacos Owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for the Coronavirus, UEFA should have postponed the fixture, like the Premier League did with Manchester City v Arsenal.
It’s farcical that UEFA let any of tonight’s Europa League games go ahead despite a meeting set for Tuesday to discuss what happens next. How does UEFA deem it acceptable to force players to put theirs and their families’ health at risk?
Well, Lewis Hamilton hit the nail on the head in the build-up to the doomed Australian Grand Prix: “Cash is king.”
But, the show did go on in Greece tonight, so some words should be dedicated to the actual football in a bizarre and sad behind closed doors setting.
It’s a minor miracle Wolves came away with a positive result and hold the advantage thanks to an away goal, which is the most important thing to take away from Greece.
It didn’t make for pretty viewing from a Wolves perspective though. Nuno will argue that we were organised and saw off Olympiacos’ early threat, but our inability to keep hold of the ball set the tone for a rather lacklustre performance. As good as our defensive shape is, we tend to let teams on to us too much, and it’s hard to get anything flowing in attack.
Even Rúben Semedo’s red card failed to spark Wolves into life, and I was struggling to see a way back for Nuno’s men after Youssef El-Arabi’s opener.
Thank heavens for Neto’s deflected free-kick, because we didn’t look like scoring otherwise.
The service into Jota, Jimenez and Traore wasn’t brilliant but the times when they did get on the ball in the final third, their end product wasn’t good enough.
There’s a mixture of frustration at not putting a 10-man Olympiacos to bed, but relief that we take a slight advantage into the second leg at Molineux – when and if that encounter is played.