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The Yellow Wave: The Coronation Implications for the Opening of the Maccabi Tel Aviv Season - Walla! sport


Five verified players, a strict Euroleague protocol and a game board that requires victories at the start of the season make the coming period very stressful for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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The Yellow Wave: The Implications of the Corona on the Opening of the Season of Maccabi Tel Aviv

Five verified players, a strict Euroleague protocol and a game board that requires victories at the start of the season make the coming period very stressful for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

So what are the club building on and who are the players who will have to rise above?


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Monday, September 20, 2021, 6 p.m.

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Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Yannis Sapropoulos talks about the pre-season (Maccabi Tel Aviv spokeswoman)

"It happened and now we have to focus on the future. I am optimistic, I do not want to be unhappy and stay in the past, we will fight with the conditions we have. We had eight players for training, we want to be ready for the first games, we want to meet Maccabi goals, but know some players will not "We have no magic wand to prepare them, but we want to be competitive from the start."

Yannis Sapropoulos said last week that Maccabi Tel Aviv is going to fight the corona wave that befell the team in early September and arrive ready for the season in the maximum way. Almost every player who spoke during the media day with the media repeated the mantra that "we are optimistic. It's good that it happened now and the players will be with us at the beginning of the season. Imagine what would have happened if it had happened a month later?".

But the reality of Maccabi Tel Aviv is different from what was presented to the outside world.

This is minimal preparation, next to which the bad preparation of last season looks almost excellent;

These are some players who it is not clear what and if they will be able to contribute in the first weeks of the season;

It is an understanding that a bad season opener may turn the upcoming season into a chase in an attempt to mend.

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Can enter the pit at a very early stage.

Yannis (Photo: Official website, Sefi Magrizo, courtesy of Maccabi Tel Aviv)

Simultaneously with the corona wave in Yad Eliyahu, the new Euroleague corona protocol for the coming season was published, a protocol most of which was known to the various teams. What the protocol has caused the Yellows is that unlike other teams, with them the players can in principle return to training the day after receiving approval and recover, if they do feel well, in the Euroleague the situation is more complex.

Every player who receives a recovery certificate undergoes medical tests as if it were the beginning of a season, with an emphasis on lung and heart function. He may then return to light individual training, and not conduct group training for a week. This means that it will take almost three weeks for players without symptoms, from the moment they receive the positive result, until they can return to full training. During the Euroleague season it will probably be four away games, and more games until they get back in shape. The extra week is a product of the protocol, which does not require other groups in Europe or Israel.

Maccabi Tel Aviv has several players who, according to sources in the team, will be able to get into the rhythm after a week of training.

The problem is that Maccabi started training with a full staff only a day before the corona wave in the team, and some of the infected are very far from playing ability, regardless of the current situation.

Despite this the extensive protocol may create another opportunity for the Yellows.

Over the weekend it was reported that a corona wave began at Bayern Munich as well.

Its dimensions have not been announced, how many players, if any, have been infected, and a better indication will be received ahead of the Germans' first league game - this coming Sunday against Hall.

In any case, any player who contracted at Bayern, two weeks before the game at Yad Eliyahu, will not be able to come to Israel.

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"October is a month that will show us the way this season."

Zizic (Photo: Official website, Maccabi Tel Aviv)

The corona wave equation is joined by another statistic that makes the situation more sensitive. Maccabi Tel Aviv know that the game table in front of them summoned them to open a season from the ease they had. Maccabi will open the season with five home games in the first seven rounds, and in the six opening rounds will meet only one team that is considered a sure candidate for the playoffs - Milan.

"Certainly, October is a month that will show us the way this season," one of the team members agreed this week after the loss to Bnei Herzliya. More than one victory. "

In fact, the two opening rounds of the Euroleague, against Bayern Munich and the Red Star Belgrade, both of which will take place at Yad Eliyahu, are becoming a kind of "season games".

Maccabi comes to them with too little preparation, the rivalry, with more preparation but in the case of Bayern with a big question mark around them, but on paper are considered less quality than the yellows.

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The league game that was supposed to take place between these games was also postponed due to the postponement of the season this week, so the Yellows missed an opportunity for another official game.

The element on which the team is built - the push of the audience.

"From what we saw all last season, this team really needs its audience," Maccabi says. "The first meeting of some of the players with the audience may shuffle the cards in our favor."

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Adaptation under fire.

Nanali (Photo: Official Website, Maccabi Tel Aviv)

In all this bizarre situation a window of opportunity has been created for some of the players whose original role is less central, to turn their entire season from the beginning.

The top three are Keenan Evans, Angelo Cloiaro and Jake Cohen.

Maccabi says that the three, who are in relatively good shape, are expected to receive extended credit in the Winner's Cup, and also in the opening rounds.

For several Maccabi players, including Evans, Cameron Taylor, Yiftach Ziv and Roman Sorkin, this is the first baptism of fire in the Euroleague.

The fact that they will have to do so under "fire" will see if they are able already this season to become significant parts in Yannis Sapropoulos.

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