National volleyball champion Maccabi Tel Aviv will host PAUK Thessaloniki tomorrow (Thursday), the cup holder in Greece, in the first of two matches in the round of 16 of the European Challenge Cup.
The return match will take place on December 15.
The Yellows, who have won the national championship 13 times and the cup 8 times, aims to pass the opponent at this stage and qualify for the quarter stage for the fourth time in the club's history.
So far, Maccabi has faced Greek teams and its overall record stands at 4 wins and nine losses.
Coach Gal Galili said before the game: "The opponent is a much stronger team than the ones we meet in the Israeli league. We come to the game after an important victory over Meta Asher (1:3), and we are definitely focused and focused with a high motivation to succeed. This is a game that the players love and work for A whole year. We need our individual and team ability to come together. I believe that with a supportive audience and a good game we can win."
Gennady Sokolov, the team's captain: "We are playing against a strong team, but we come to win. We studied them well and the game plan was built accordingly. We are determined to succeed. We have made a perfect professional preparation. Of course we expect our wonderful audience to push us throughout the game - they have An important role".
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