Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Andreas Bouchalakis very nearly had a night to remember at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

A win for the Greek champions would have seen their Champions League hopes remain intact. Bouchalakis started the game in his usual central midfield role.

Pedro Martins saw his side race into a two-goal lead. Youssef El-Arabi and Ruben Semedo had the Evangelos Marinakis-owned outfit two-up inside the first 20 minutes.

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A Dele Alli goal just before the break changed the shape of the contest, however. The second half saw Spurs dominate and a brace from Harry Kane and a rare goal from Serge Aurier saw Jose Mourinho home.

Bouchalakis is now a mainstay in the Olympiacos team that may come as a surprise to Forest supporters.

The midfielder signed for the Reds prior to the 2017/18 campaign on a season-long loan. He netted two goals in 21 appearances but struggled to hold down a regular spot.

Mark Warburton’s departure in December 2017 basically ended his Forest career. Aitor Karanka deemed him surplus and he would make two Reds appearances under the Spaniard.

Bouchalakis is probably best remembered for his two goals. Both came in the same game and both were jaw-dropping thunderbolts.

The man with 10 Greece caps is now showing his worth in his homeland. He helped Olympiacos into the Champions League and was then instrumental during the qualifiers.

Progress

The Greek outfit saw their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League evaporate last night. A point over Red Star in their final group game will see them enter the Europa League instead.

Bouchalakis is proving a point to Forest fans. It is pretty clear the Reds never saw the best of the dynamic midfielder and his lack of game time clearly hampered his progress.

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The 26-year-old is keeping Mathieu Valbuena out of the team right now. The Frenchman has only started six games this season; largely due to the form of Bouchalakis.

Forest supporters must be left wondering what might have been had the Reds landed the player permanently.

He is thriving at Olympiacos and it will be interesting to monitor his progress over the course of the current campaign.

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