The game of the season is approaching: on Saturday (20:30, live broadcast on 5SPORT) Maccabi Tel Aviv will play the biggest game of the season, against Maccabi Haifa at Sami Ofer Stadium. Vladimir Ivić’s yellows have built an ambitious team, and want to regain the championship title after two years. The way there, they know, goes through Haifa.
Ivic He said at the press conference before the game: “They have a good squad and an excellent coach. We analyze them and try to take advantage of their shortcomings and be careful of their advantages. What is important is how we play and what we do and concentrate more on our game. We work every week on all parts of the game, we have a model according to We want to play and it also depends on the opponent sometimes and what we expect. Usually we don’t change much because we want our model. We have many players who are waiting for their chance and want to play. And this is the time we have to focus on ourselves.”
Regarding the meeting with Omer Atzili, whom he coached in the previous term in Yellow, the Serbian said: “I know him very well, I worked with him for two years and he is obviously one of their best players, but it is clear that it is not only him. They have quality players and so do we. We are preparing for a player One, but for the whole team. This is something I told the players and we have been doing it since day one. We focus on ourselves from game to game and give our maximum to achieve our goals.”
On the work during the offseason and the ability ahead: “I said before that we are not 100% physically and tactically because it is only the beginning of the season, and we always want to improve. We are working with the players who will be with us these days and we have worked on all areas of the game. Attack, stationary and things that will help us improve. Nir Biton and everyone else are fit to sit, we will work so that Yonatan Cohen will be with us as soon as possible.”
Ivić also referred to his goalkeeper Daniel Peretz, and his display between the goalposts of the young team: “I really appreciate him. We have very talented young players in the squad and he is one of them. I have known him for a long time and he is someone who works hard. He is calm in the head and that is what is most It’s important at this age, especially when you play in a club like Maccabi. Sometimes after big games, like he had against Ireland, you have to talk to players to bring them down to the ground, but with him you don’t have to.”
The coach was asked how much the game on Saturday will affect the championship race and replied: “It is still too early to talk about it and who is the favorite for the championship. There are still many games and a long season ahead of us and we have to be focused from game to game and it is unrealistic to talk about it now.”
On Maccabi Haifa changing formations during a game: “This is nothing new to me, I think that if I play again against a coach, whom I respect very much, and he changes formations in the middle of a game, it is not a surprise to me. They obviously have quality players and they can play in several formations “.
On the arrival of Yonatan Cohen: “We have wanted him for two months and it was not easy to bring him here, it was a matter of small details in the contract. We are all happy that he is with us and we were expecting a player like him with qualities like him who is different from what we have. I talked to him and he is hungry to play because he He didn’t play much. Everything is fine and we are all satisfied and we hope he can reach his highest level as soon as possible.”