Maccabi Tel Aviv between harsh criticism and acceptance: "We would have lost with the whole team"
After the loss to Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv expects Loaden Ivitch to guard the dressing room and lead to victory in the derby in the next round.
The club understands the criticism of the Serbian defensive line-up, but also reminds that if it weren't for Saborit's serious mistake, it could have ended differently
Sunday, October 02, 2022, 06:10
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Summary: Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Tel Aviv 0:2 (Sport1)
Hard feelings in Maccabi Tel Aviv after the 2:0 loss last night (Saturday) to Maccabi Haifa in the first season game of the Premier League.
The club expects that Loaden Ivić will quickly get the players back on track and will not let the harsh criticism from all around seep in and create cracks in the dressing room.
The team is expecting a big derby against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the next round, so the situation can go either way.
A win in Bloomfield, calming the field and the crowd and continuing the fight for first place or losing points either by a draw and certainly by losing and continuing to snowball.
"Maccabi Haifa came out well from its loss to Hapoel Jerusalem. Now we have to prove our maturity and come out of our loss to Maccabi Haifa," Maccabi Tel Aviv said last night.
The goal now: calming the area.
Zahavi and Yovanovitch are disappointed (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)
It is clear to everyone at Maccabi Tel Aviv that Ivić chose a game plan that failed.
The Serbian consciously went to the game in Haifa last night with a very defensive line-up.
He wanted to keep the game tied at nil and then bring in the forwards in the last 20 minutes to try and win.
The entry of Djorja Jovanovic, Parfa Giagon and Oskar Gloch could have led to a winning finish and then the Serbian would have been crowned a perfect tactician, but reality slapped him in the face.
"Precisely when it seemed like we were going the right way in the game plan, we lost the ball that led to their goal," Maccabi Tel Aviv said last night about Enrique Saborit's terrible cross that led to Dean David's goal.
"It is most natural and easy to blame the coach now and it is clear that he is the one who chooses the lineup and formation, but he cannot be responsible for the fact that a player loses the ball and sets up a goal for the opposing team in such a critical minute. If not for Saborit's loss, we would have won the game and all the criticism changing".
Players in the team were divided last night between those who estimated that more could have been achieved and those who think that Maccabi Haifa at home is still a better team.
"With the whole lineup we would have lost the game," said one of the players last night.
"Obviously, you can fantasize and talk about our usual formation and the formation of the other strikers, but it is possible that if we had come up very broke and not concentrated in the middle, we would have been behind by two goals already in the first half."
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"If not for the mistake, we would have won."
Saborit next to Dor Peretz (photo: Maor Alxalsi)
Bottom line, Maccabi Tel Aviv came to the first season game unprepared.
Eran Zahavi still comes up to play with sensitivity in his knee, Derrick Lucassen did not train in all the training sessions, Nir Bitton suffered from back pain and Jonathan Cohen arrived before the window closed after not playing in Italy.
Jovanovic also practiced on Thursday with a knee brace.
Despite all this, the club is optimistic.
"We didn't lose to a small team. We lost to the champion Maccabi Haifa at their home and you have to take things in proportion," club officials said last night on the way from Haifa to Tel Aviv.
"We didn't want to be after six rounds already with five points lost, but this is the reality and the wisdom is to come to our senses now, go to the derby and get three points. We will meet with Maccabi Haifa in the next round and Ivić will surely draw his conclusions."
One of the conclusions talked about in the club is the necessity to move and play also with four in defense and not to be afraid to play with linemen in attack.
The formation of 3:3:4 that Ivic completely abandoned is a formation that, according to officials in the team, it is possible and should be returned to from time to time with the players that Maccabi Tel Aviv has, and this despite the fact that the Serbian did not get any fast wing players in the window that ended.
"We have players for all methods and formations," the club says.
"For the league here in Israel, we have enough speed and there is nothing to fear about moving to other formations."
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