Hapoel Tel Aviv coach Kobi Refuah did not like, to say the least, the ability his players displayed in the first half against Maccabi Netanya and was furious with them in the locker room: "I do not understand you, what are we playing against Real Madrid?".
Despite the poor ability, especially in the first half, Hapoel responded to Refuah and said: "Whoever tries to play openly against Netanya snatches a trio so Kobi played on long balls. They are a crazy team, which does not stop pressing for 90 minutes."
Now Hapoel know that their only chance to get fourth place and a ticket to Europe will be by winning a derby against Maccabi Tel Aviv, something that has not happened for eight years.
Winner of backup, Photo: Liron Moldovan
Brakeman Eddie Gottlieb, who was praised for his performance, referred to the draw with the Diamonds and the fight for Europe when he said: "We came to win the game and we had two good opportunities to do so. I did not see Netanya get into one situation against us.
"We have to prove ourselves and bring the points in the derby and hope that Netanya loses points. Even if we do not manage to reach Europe at the end, it will be a successful season."
On the derby, Gottlieb said: "We have not won a derby for eight years and we want to come to it, especially after what happened (defeat 0: 5; SA), to get revenge.
I can guarantee that we will do everything to win. "
Ahead of the summonses to the team, Gottlieb said: "There is a coach and he decides. I am in a good season and I think I deserve to be on the team and get a chance."
Gottlieb, was slightly injured during the game and so was defender Ben Bitton, but the team believes that both will play in the derby.
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