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Willy Rotensteiner in an interview: "I said to Zahavi: 'You do not want your captain's film to be remembered from your career'" - Walla! sport

2021-10-13T09:27:03.097Z

the future? "The decision whether to stay will be two-sided. There are always suggestions." The review? "Am I a centralist? Talk to my assistants. Are Pep and Klopp also centralists?" Rotensteiner speaks



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Willy Rotensteiner in an interview: "I said to Zahavi: 'You do not want them to remember the captain's film from your career'"

the future?

"The decision whether to stay will be two-sided. There are always suggestions."

The review?

"Am I a centralist? Talk to my assistants. Are Pep and Klopp also centralists?"

Absorption of goals?

"It needs to be taken care of by the kids. The team needs 6 good defensive players in Europe."

After Scotland and Moldova, Willie Rotensteiner was disbanded

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Yaniv Tuchman

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 11:30 p.m.

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The morning after the victory over Moldova, Willy Rotensteiner surprised and clarified that the decision whether to stay on the Israeli team for another term will be mutual and not unilateral, and that even if the Football Association wants him to stay, it is not certain that he will choose to continue.

"It is important for me to emphasize that it does not concern me at all and certainly did not concern me during those two weeks I was with the team in the preparations for the games against Scotland and against Moldova," Rotensteiner described.

"You in the media write about it and talk and it's okay, but I do not deal with it at all. Oren Hasson and I agreed in the most professional way that only at the end of the campaign next month we will meet and analyze what the team went through in this campaign and then hear what the association wants to do. May 2022. In any case, the decision will be mine as well. "



Could there be a situation where the association wants you to stay and you decide to leave?



"Anything can happen. Absolutely. These are things that happen in football. Before I came to Israel, I worked for the Austrian association for 20 years. I have my reputation in Europe and there are many offers."



At this point in time, do you have an offer to come and work elsewhere at the end of your contract in Israel in about six months?



"In football there are always a lot of offers."

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Rotensteiner (Photo: Bernie Ardov)

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Are you angry?



"About whom? About the people I work with really not. There is a great relationship between me and the members of the Football Association, led by Oren. Mutual respect, professionalism. I am very pleased with how things are going, so if in the end we do not continue together, we will part in great friendship and I promise to be the fan "Israel's number one everywhere. I take with me from three years that I work here a lot of happy moments and friendships with a lot of people that I appreciate."



The players want you to stay.



"It's always flattering that players appreciate a coach and express their opinion when asked. What is better for a coach, that players will not want him and be against him in the locker room? But a coach should not rely only on players because there will always be players who do not play and they will not want the coach. Take you in two directions. "



The new criticism of you is that you are a centralist.



"What it means?".



That you want to determine everything yourself.



"So Guardiola and Klopp are also centralists. I'm in good company."



Yet.



"Listen, you're talking to my teammates. Listen to them if I share them, help them, consult with them. Obviously a coach has to make the decisions in the end. Who wants him to make the decision, if not the coach? But I very much respect and appreciate the opinion of "All my staff. What did I choose them for, if not to help them?"

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Wins full trust from the players.

Rotensteiner and Nir Bitton (Photo: Reuters)

How do you see our chances in the remaining two games?



"I really want us to beat Austria and the Faroe Islands and maybe there will be some surprise and Scotland will stumble in its two games. In football anything can happen. But even if we finish in third place I want it to be with 19 points or at least 17 points. I want a victory over the Faroe Islands and a victory "Austria. An away win over Austria in the next game will be a big thing for the development of the team."



We scored 18 goals in eight games which is a great figure but we conceded 15 which is a lot.



"You are right. This is a problem that needs to be addressed from below towards the future of Israeli football. The issue of goal absorption and especially absorption from stationary situations is the task of Israeli youth teams. This is the most important thing that needs to be addressed from an early age. "Very much playing in Europe, this problem will not be solved in the national team."



You only had something to lose last night.



"Certainly. Who even counted Moldova here? We came after the disappointment in Scotland and this game last night at Turner was very dangerous for us. I told the players that Moldova also knew in the past to do a lot of problems for teams no less good than Israel and that if we do not come to the game in trouble".

  • World Cup Qualifiers - House VI

    Group

    Mash

    Netz

    A.

    Hp

    Gates

    Nk

    1

    Denmark

    8

    8

    0

    0

    0-27

    24

    2

    Scotland

    8

    5

    2

    1

    7-13

    17

    3

    Israel's national team

    8

    4

    1

    3

    15-18

    13

    4

    Austria

    8

    3

    1

    4

    14-11

    10

    5

    Faroe Islands

    8

    1

    1

    6

    17-4

    4

    6

    Moldova

    8

    0

    1

    7

    24-4

    1

"Eran is something special. The hunger, the professionalism, the desire to win every game and of course the ability. It is something on a global scale" (Photo: Berni Ardov)

The big story was of course Eran Zehavi who scored his 33rd goal for the team and broke Motlé Spiegler's record. In your time he has 27 goals in 29 games. This is an amazing statistic.



"Congratulations to Eran for what he did. I laughed with him at the end of the game and told him he set two records last night. He also broke Spiegler's record and also broke a record in losing a ball in one game since I was in Israel. Eran is something special. "Game and of course ability. It's something on a global scale."



Do you still remember how you brought it back?



"Certainly. When I arrived as technical director of the Israeli national team a little over three years ago, I saw his goals in China and saw what he had done in the past at Maccabi Tel Aviv and said that such a player must be on the roster. And I introduced myself in the first conversation between us. "



What did you tell him?



"The key phrase I said to Eran was, 'You don't want them to remember the captain's shot from your career.' I can understand such anger. Eran was hurt by the way he was treated and I felt it came from a place he cared. I told him more: 'I know you love your country. '".



And that was enough?



"No, Eran only wanted to come in October. He said he would make the comeback in October 2018. I told him there was no such thing. He should be with us from the start in games against Albania and Northern Ireland. When we appointed Andy after a month and a half or so, Andy also spoke to him and he came back".



Eran loved the move to foreign team members at Maccabi Tel Aviv under Jordi Cruyff and one of the reasons he went with you is because you and Andy are foreigners.



"I told him in the first call: 'I will change a lot of things in the team in terms of attitude and professionalism and you will see that you will really like coming to the team as long as I am.' I was glad it worked. An amazing statistic. "

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