The team’s new Greek coach, Yorgos Donis, will not stand on the lines in the Champions League rematch against Hapoel Beer Sheva, and this will be the last game of the interim coach, Patrick Van Leven, who will receive the instructions for this game from the new coach. Itai Schechter returned to training after finishing isolation, but is not expected to be on the roster.
At the request of Donis, Jonathan Cohen, who could not play against Riga in the first round of the Champions League qualifiers due to the red card he received against Sudova last season, will open in the squad. Tal Ben Haim and Ben Bitton are also expected to receive first minutes, but are not yet ready to start in the squad.
“Donis’ goal is the game against Riga, with all due respect to tonight’s game,” said players on the team, who heard yesterday (Wednesday) again from the coach how important it is for him to play fast and move the ball with a small number of touches. Shahar Phiben, Ruslan Bersky and Matan Hozaz will continue to be absent due to injuries. Sharan Yeni returned to full training and will be included in the squad.