After appointing a new and intriguing coach, in a short time (Monday at 1 p.m.) There will be a draw for the second qualifying round of the Champions League, in which Maccabi Tel Aviv will find out who it can meet on the assumption that it will pass the Latvian FC Riga, against which it will play in the first qualifying round of the prestigious factory to be held on August 18 or 19 in Israel. As is well known, the road to the home stage will this time include five games instead of eight. In all rounds, except for the playoffs, there will be one game instead of two as has been the practice so far.
In the second round, if you qualify for it, Maccabi Tel Aviv, which reached the draw as ranked, is waiting for the following possible rivals after the reduction: the winner between Danduk from Ireland and Roasting from Slovenia (the Irish met Maccabi Tel Aviv in the home stage of the Europa League in 2016) Or Cyprus champions Omonia Nicosia and the winner between Estonian Flora Tallinn and Sudova, the Lithuanian team that ousted Maccabi Tel Aviv last season in the third qualifying round of the Europa League. The games will be held on August 25/26.
If Maccabi Tel Aviv manages to qualify for the third qualifying round, it will no longer be ranked and there it may meet, among others, Olympiacos, Celtic, Dynamo Zagreb and Slavia Prague. As is well known, relegation at any stage of the Champions League will send the Yellows to the next stage of the Europa League. That is, a surprise dismissal already in the first round will lead the Yellows to the second qualifying round of the second factory in its importance.