Darko Kovacevich: "The Red Star is not a favorite against Maccabi Haifa"
The former Serbian striker analyzes the balance of power ahead of the expected meeting: "Haifa is an aggressive and fighting team, there is no chance that the Red Star will run into them"
Friday, August 5, 2022, 1:45 p.m
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Summary: Maccabi Haifa - Apollon Limassol 0:4 (Sport1)
In Serbia, they are already preparing for the meeting between Red Star Belgrade and Maccabi Haifa in the playoffs for promotion to the group stage of the Champions League.
Both teams are already with a leg and a half in the next stage, after the Serbs defeated Pionik 0:5 and Haifa beat Apollon Limassol 0:4.
The Serbian champions will be especially determined against the Israeli champions in light of the fact that qualifying for the group stage will bring over 25 million euros into the club's coffers, a critical sum for them.
Be that as it may, the Serbs are far from underestimating Barak Becher's team, which looks to be in excellent shape and has recorded two fours in the last two games.
The former striker of the Serbian national team, Darko Kovacevic, even analyzed the power relations in the local media and claimed that the chances of both teams are equal.
"I have no doubt that the Red Star will take Haifa seriously, and you will know that this is a tough opponent. In my opinion, you will not be a favorite in this meeting," said Kovacevich, who, in addition to the Red Star's uniform, also wore that of Olympiakos in the past.
"I don't think Olympiakos underestimated Haifa", he analyzed the unusual result in Piraeus.
"She came to the game without getting into the rhythm of the season, and Haifa was aggressive and ready from the first moment."
No one dares to disrespect anymore.
Haifa players celebrate (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)
One of Haifa's key players in the overwhelming opening of the season is Ali Muhammad, who looks to be in top form.
Niger, the midfielder's homeland, are also following his progress with delight and last night were proud that the brace he scored against Apollon Limassol symbolically occurred on the African Republic's Independence Day.
"Mohammed arranged a birthday present for Niger. He is the hottest player of our country, and looks in great shape," the local media noted.
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