Summary clip of today's events in sports, 4.1 (Sport1)
Eran Zahavi was the last to get on the bus that left Bloomfield last night (Tuesday) after the 0:5 win over Bnei Sakhnin in the State Cup.
Maccabi Tel Aviv wanted him to speak and he spoke at length about everything.
From Ivic, through his body language to the Israeli national team.
"Changing coaches is not easy," he said, "but as a player with experience, I know that both coaches and players live on suitcases. Every transfer window opens up opportunities and you can find yourself changing clubs. We have to respect the coach's decision. He chose to go to Russia And we will try to do the best. We wish him success as he wished us. We parted in a good spirit as we should."
Will parting with him reduce the chances of winning the championship?
"Maccabi Tel Aviv should be stronger than one coach or another. Even in the championships in my previous term, we changed coaches and there was a coach who promoted us to the Champions League, and after that he left. Sometimes it's also for the better. Our job is to do the best and we'll try to help the new coach acclimate quickly.
You went through quite a few leagues and not a few countries.
Are you surprised that he chose to move to Russia?
"I'm not surprised and I'm not in his shoes. He received a very financially tempting offer and he thinks this step will be good for him and his career."
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Zahavi (Photo: Ariel Shalom)
Do you understand his step?
"I don't judge his step. Neither for better nor for worse. You have to respect his step. People come and people go. When you're here you have to give 100 percent and Ivic gave 100 percent until the end and I respect him a lot for that. We can talk about his method And they can talk about this or that game, but he's a professional."
In the last league game in Kiryat Shmona, he took you out in the final minutes.
If he hadn't left Maccabi Tel Aviv, would he have replaced you?
"I don't know what he would have done. He made a decision and did it."
Didn't like the spare?
"Of course I didn't like it. I won't lie. In situations like this I can influence the game even if I played less well. We talked the next day and everything was fine. I'm not here to create fights and provocations. I'm here to do the best. If he thought my replacement could help the team , I respect that."
"I'm still calculating the route. I was more concerned with my personal acclimatization at the beginning. I think the club is strong and can overcome the difficulties. The owner invested a lot in the summer. He fulfilled all the dreams of all the season ticket holders. Sometimes things happen in a way that we have no control over."
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"I didn't like the replacement in Kiryat Shmona, but we talked the next day and everything was fine."
Ivitch (Photo: Ariel Shalom)
Go open the contract almost every summer and upgrade.
Wasn't there room to offer Ivic to stay at a higher salary?
"It's hard for me to understand the situation. I'm not privy to the details of this or that coach. I'm sure they tried to keep him in one way or another. In the end, you can't stop a coach who wants to leave. Maccabi Tel Aviv is a strong club that needs to know how to overcome parting with a coach, the better Let it be".
There were a lot of questions before the start of the season how Ivić and Zvevi would get along.
"I'm smiling because you probably don't know me and my relationship with my coaches. I've never had a problem with my coach. Never. I'm not a big star. I'm a humble guy on the field. In training I come first and leave last and coaches appreciate that. There's no reason to enter to conflicts. We had a very easy job together."
Did Ivitch's three-brake line-up suit Maccabi Tel Aviv?
"Today we played with three stoppers and scored five. We scored the most goals in the league and conceded the fewest with three stoppers. I don't like messing with methods. It's gone from the world. We were unlucky in many games this season and it's hard to blame the formation."
A noticeable change in your body language in recent games.
You are much more encouraging to your friends and less likely to signal with your hands that you are not satisfied.
Do you agree that you have changed for the better in this aspect?
"I try to always have a very positive body language. Both in training and in games. Sometimes I get upset or angry because I am very emotional in my character as a player. You are trying to paint a picture as if in the past I was someone from the United Nations who was constantly encouraging the others and now I am some kind of crazy who yells at players.
I was the same before.
I can yell at someone and after five minutes hug and kiss them."
Is there a chance for a comeback?
"As long as they don't harm my professionalism."
Zahavi in the national team (Photo: Barney Ardov)
What will happen to the team?
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We also saw that there is more room for veterans.
"The national team has always been a priority for me and that hasn't changed. But professionalism for me is no less important than the order of priorities. As soon as I can't bring professionalism and my demand from myself and the environment to its place, it's better not to be. My door is always open. I love the national team very much. The national team is always in my heart, but these are not things that depend on me."
Do you want to return to the team?
"I'm always available to return to the national team as long as my professionalism is not harmed. It's like that at Maccabi Tel Aviv too. Even at Maccabi I'm in a room alone. Not because I'm arrogant and not because I'm a prima donna. There are habits I have to do before every game. I don't want to disturb anyone and I want to be disturbed. I'm used to sleeping early and I'm used to getting up early. That's all."
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