Aris slip again
- Thu 20 Jan 2011, 9:39AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Aris Thessaloniki may be unbeaten at home in 40 years of UEFA Cup football, but they were beaten on their own patch by lowly Panionionis over the weekend and have now slipped to eighth in the table.
The Blues’ next Europa League opponents are now looking nervously over their shoulder rather than towards the top three who are moving evermore distant in the Greek Super League.
More encouragingly for City, it was Aris’ fourth defeat on their own soil this season, suggesting their home venue is not as impregnable as history might suggest.
Potential opponents in the Round of 16 Besiktas return to action this weekend against second-bottom Bucaspor following a five-week break.
The Turkish outfit have bolstered their squad by adding three quality Portuguese players during the transfer window.
Manuel Fernandes, Simao and Hugo Almeida have all signed in the past few weeks and all three will be eligible to play in the Round of 32 clash with Dynamo Kyiv.
The Ukraine side won’t wake from their winter slumber until March 5 domestically, meaning they will have had the best part of five months between league action – now that’s what you call a break!