Maccabi Tel Aviv took off this morning for Austria and landed after a flight that lasted almost four hours. The Yellows will complete their preparations for the Champions League playoff rematch tomorrow against Salzburg (Wednesday at 22:00). The team will leave the airport for a hotel in the city where they will stay until training and the press conference tonight at the stadium. After a 2-1 loss to Bloomfield in the first leg, Georgios Donis’ players will need to score at least two goals to impress the local champions and secure a ticket to the Champions League home stage, all without 11 positive Corona players left in the country.
“We’ve been working for the last few days, we had about a week,” Donis said ahead of the game. “We know the result, we lost. As a coach, I do not believe in miracles, I believe in work. We do not have to think about what happened in the last game and the result. We have to get on the field, fight to win tackles, fight for every ball and win the game. “
“We know the difficulties. Salzburg is a good team with quality, pressure, ran for the territories and did an excellent job last season as well. “I believe in my players, I expect them to play with confidence and fight for 95 minutes.”
Dealing with the many shortcomings in the staff: “The last two weeks have been difficult. We fought to get to the playoffs. We thought we would reach a full staff and aim to fight for promotion to the home stage. We lost 7 car players and 11 in total. 10 of these players were in 18 in previous games. That means we had a hard job in the previous game and we will have a hard job in the game tomorrow. I am proud of my players because in this critical and sensitive time we are very psychologically strong. We are a united group and I am proud of everyone for the way we are dealing with this situation. “
Opponent on the other side: “I have known the Salzburg project for many years. They raise young players with different qualities, but I think their main strength is in the link, the striker positions and the wings. They have quality, they are fast, they play football very fast. I think a lot of these players can make a great career, like many players who have been here. “
The list of positive players for the virus includes Dan Glazer, Eduardo Guerrero, Avi Rikan, Yonatan Cohen, Dor Peretz, Daniel Peretz, Nick Blackman, Enrique Sborit, Ofir Davidzada, Dor Turgeman and Tal Ben Haim who joined the list only on Sunday. According to the Ministry of Health, leaving isolation for the Corona verified requires 13 days, so even Dan Glazer, the first verified, can not be included in the staff for Salzburg.
Yesterday in training tonight after Yom Kippur, coach Donis practiced a three-brake set-up with Maor Kandil practicing in the left-back position instead of Davidzada, since Enrique Sborrit is also contagious and there is no left-back in the squad, and other changes are not expected.
In addition to Kandil, who ran a suspension in last week’s game, the staff also included Shahar Phiben, who recovered from an injury, as well as young players Tomer Alon, Niv Berkovich and Rotem Yitzkar. Tonight the group will hold the concluding training followed by the press conference.
Estimated composition: Daniel Tennenbaum, Maor Kandil, Sharan Yeni, Eitan Tibi, Ben Bitton, Matan Balteksa, Eyal Golsa, Eden Kartzev, Ruslan Bersky, Dan Bitton, Elon Almog.
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