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Wilbkin admits: "It's depressing to start the season without a crowd."

Bender will get minutes

Maccabi Tel Aviv star ahead of Alba (21:05, Sport 5): "Feels like a year has passed since the last Euroleague game."

The Croatian will play despite having only three training sessions

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Maccabi Tel Aviv's season opener (Photo: Maccabi Tel Aviv official website, edited by Itai Amram)

Tonight (Thursday, 21:05, Sport 5), Maccabi Tel Aviv will open the 2020/21 season in the Euroleague in a home game against Alba Berlin.

The game, like all games until the Yellows' new announcement, will be held without an audience due to the Corona virus.

This will be Maccabi's third game since the start of preparations for the current season, and the first official game, pending a new announcement by the Israeli government, the team can currently only play in the Euroleague due to the closure in the country.



The Yellows will appear for today's game with a missing squad, without captain John Dibertolomao, guard Yuval Sussman and forward Omri Caspi injured, with the assessment that the three will not be able to play in the coming weeks.

The one who will be on the floor today is Dragon Bender, who landed in Israel only last Saturday night, did three training sessions with the team, and will get the first few minutes.

National Guard Max Heidegger will not be registered in the Euroleague at this time.

Chris Jones, Oz Blazer and Ante Žižić will make their debut in the yellow uniform.



"I'm very excited, it's been a long time since the last game in the Euroleague," said Othello Hunter ahead of the match, "as the previous season ended we have a lot to do again. We have new players who need to join the team, the nerves are starting to come in again, but everyone will be ready The fact that we will be without our crowd is strange, we got used to it a bit, but it's awful. The new players will not feel this energy, we must say we miss the crowd. We have a new addition to the team, they all connect pretty well, we have no problems on and off the field, they are all professionals. "Everyone is just ready to play basketball."

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Wilbkin (Photo: Sefi Magrizo, the official website of Maccabi Tel Aviv)

Scotty Wilbkin added: "It's been a long time, it feels like we played the last Euroleague game more than a year ago, I'm excited for the return. The fact that there is no crowd is a bit depressing, knowing we are starting a season without a full hall, but have to deal with the current situation. "The advantage we have already done in the Israeli league. Alba, a good team, an aggressive team that wanted to, can score a lot of points, we will have to prepare for the game plan and we hope we will be ready."



Alba Berlin landed in Israel last night and will only stay at the hotel apart from the morning training and the game.

From the announcement of the closure of Israel, the Germans expressed no fear of arriving in Israel, when the Euroleague clarified to them that there was no doubt about their personal safety or health.



Alba presents a squad based on local players - the Guard very much for him who came from Bayern Munich, is the big name along with inside player Johannes Themen and forwards Luis Olinda, Nils Gippy and Tim Schneider.

Uruguayan guard Jason Granger arrived from Basconia, and together with Swedish guard Marcus Eriksen, American coordinator Peyton Reason and young and talented Croatian center Krezimir Nikic, form the team's foreign reinforcement.

The team is coached by Aito Rances who will celebrate December 74.

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