Van Leven: “Maccabi’s preparation was good” – Sport 5


At the end of a strange summer, after losing quite a few players, with a new coach and very few new faces, Maccabi Tel Aviv opens a season: on Saturday it will meet the trophy holder, Hapoel Beer Sheva, for the “Champion of Champions” game that will officially begin the 2020/21 season.

Today (Thursday), the team held a press conference ahead of the game, in which the executive director, Patrick Van Leven, spoke for the first time, who will guide the team in the pair of games – and probably also in the Champions League qualifiers. Maccabi will have to make do in the game without Itai Schechter, who earlier today learned that he will have to go into solitary confinement for ten days, due to the fact that his family member was positively diagnosed with Corona.

“We arrive after three weeks of preparation,” Van Leven commented on the game. “The team is working well, and on some days even beyond that. At a pretty high pace. I am pleased with the effort of the players in training, and I hope to see the result in the first official game on Saturday.” Later, the Dutchman was also asked about the last meeting with BS – which ended in a 2-0 loss that prevented the Yellows from a historic season that would end without a loss. “We are starting a new season,” Van Leven admitted. “We are all looking forward. The players are also ready for this and are not talking about previous seasons. We are preparing to win the first title of the season. ”

The contact Dor Peretz, who spoke alongside Van Leven in the campaign, echoed the same feeling: “We intend to arrive the most prepared, we want to achieve the best result in every game. We did the best preparation, and are already waiting for the game. “Will the crowd be missing?” We are waiting for better days, “Peretz admitted,” We want to see us or them (BS) play with a full crowd. But that’s what we have at the moment, we are professionals And do our job. ”

As you may recall, last month since the last meeting with BS, the Yellows lost quite a few players: Andre Geralds ended the loan period, Chico Opuado ended his contract and will not continue – and of course, the release of Omar Atzili and Dor Micha, will dilute the squad. Two new names have joined Maccabi in the meantime: striker Tal Ben Haim, who returned to Maccabi after three years at Sparta Prague, and defender Ben Bitton, who is on loan from Hapoel Beer Sheva – he will meet on Saturday.


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