Doron Ben Dor
In Maccabi Haifa, the countdown has begun for the team’s first game against Red Star Belgrade in the playoff phase of the Champions League. While the fans rush as usual for the tickets and Sami Ofer is expected to be full, the professional preparations in Kfar Galim are in full swing.
For the time being, it seems that Barak Bakr is closed on ten of the 11 who will be in the lineup, and the main debate is between Dean David and Omar Atzili. The rest of the lineup will be the same as the one that beat Apollon Limassol 0:4 in the first match of the third qualifying round.
Bacher is still not locked in the formation with which he will start the game, and there is a possibility that he will start a formation of three brakes when Dolev Haziza will play on the right wing. Another possibility is to play in the classic formation of 3:3:4, where in the front part the places of Haziza and Ferenzi Piero are guaranteed, who so far is making an excellent impression.
Captain Neta Lavi, Ali Muhammad and Charon Sherry, who is gradually returning to training after feeling sensitivity in his leg and was rested yesterday, are expected to continue playing in the midfield. According to the members of the group, the combination between Ali Muhammad and Lavi has proven itself more than once and Bakr does not intend to break up the package. A corollary to this is that Mohamed Abu Fani will continue to wait on the bench for his opportunity to contribute to the team. No changes are expected in the aforementioned defense either. Bogdan Palanich, Sean Goldberg, Pierre Curnot and Daniel Sondgren will start, and if Bacher chooses a formation of three defenders then the latter will move to the center of the defense.
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In Haifa, they are aware of the importance of the first match at Sami Ofer and there is a great desire to create an advance towards the volcano at the Red Star’s court. Bacher will have to perform as wide a rotation as possible in preparation for the team’s match in Doha at the start of the league, a match that is currently in doubt until Sakhnin passes the inspection and comes up with suitable guarantees for the team’s registration.