The midfield trio of Giorgios Karagounis, Kostas Katsouranis
, and Giannis Maniatis anchored the field while Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
and Giorgios Samaras controlled the wings.
and Maniatis seem to have developed a good midfield partnership which shields the back four and allows Karagounis to return to his former attacking midfield position.
There are concerns over the fitness of Kostas Katsouranis
and Dimitris Salpingidis after PAOK's participation in the Superleague playoffs.
With injury concerns at the back, Sokratis Papastathopoulos will likely marshal the defense alongside Kostas Katsouranis
or Loukas Vyntra and flanked by Vassilis Torosidis and Giorgios Tzavellas.
Kostas Katsouranis (PAOK)
The other interesting name is Panagiotis Tachtsidis; a central midfielder who adds depth to the aging pair of Giorgios Karagounis and Kostas Katsouranis
Assuming Karagounis and Katsouranis
are reaching the end of their international careers, Santos should have a deep pool of central midfielders to chose from then the time comes to chose a pair of successors.
, and Maniatis will likely be at the core of the formation dictating the pace of the game with Kone and Fortounis
providing the width.
Up front, Salpingidis and Katsouranis
had a good combination to take the lead midway through the second half.
Having recently signed for Fulham, Santos brings him back in after Kostas Katsouranis
recently became unemployed.