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After Ivitch, don't underestimate anything: Maccabi Tel Aviv is going into the unknown - voila! sport


It was a different Ivić than we knew and this was even before he dropped the bomb and left in the middle of the season, so there is nothing to expect and nothing to predict regarding Aitor Karanka. neither for better nor for worse

Aitor Karanka, the new coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv (Maccabi Tel Aviv's official website)

Yesterday (Wednesday) I read most of the profiles written about Aitor Karanka.

I heard some of what was said about him in the studios.

I myself spoke about him on several radio programs.

At night I even tried to follow his body language when Maccabi Tel Aviv released a video from the hotel where he stayed after landing.

Today we will also hear from Karanka at the press conference and he will probably tell what coaches say when they arrive at a new team.

What is his coaching philosophy, why did he decide to coach in Israel and what does he think about his chances of taking the championship from Maccabi Haifa.

After Vladan Ivitch, I don't think there is a possibility of knowing what awaits us from the new Spaniard in Kiryat Shalom.

You can analyze and bet.

To guess and estimate, but after all, who really knows what Maccabi Tel Aviv gets after a coach whom we knew well from his first two years at Maccabi Tel Aviv, was there another?

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A less quiet version, and more stubborn.

Ivitch (Photo: Ariel Shalom)

Ivić took off this morning to his home in Thessaloniki, leaving behind thousands of disappointed people.

It was a different Ivić than we knew in the two championships.

More stubborn, more stressed, less patient.

That's how it is when you realize that Maccabi Haifa looks amazing and is the favorite to take the championship.

That's how it is when you know what is expected of you, but you realize that you won't be able to give what you wanted easily last time.

People change in different situations in life.

Coaches change too.

Karanka won the position and was preferred over other coaches who proposed themselves, because he was very organized in his presentations, his history as a player is impressive and his personality also has rough and rigid motifs alongside sensitivity and warmth.

He coached quite a bit in the second division in England, picked a soccer cannon like Mourinho and played as a stopper.

There is something about this position from the back that charms people.

As if the brakes are supposed to be more responsible and considerate.

Even the Basque country stood to his credit.

A type of people who are supposed to have a strong character and more fighters.

But all this cannot teach anything about what awaits Maccabi Tel Aviv with Karanka.

neither for better nor for worse.

For sure, he gets a good product.

Getting a football team ready.

Well trained.

The one that scored the most league goals and conceded the fewest.

It's not that Ivic left after a professional crisis.

It's not like the exchanges after Georgios Donis and Patrick van Leeuwen.

Both were fired and Maccabi Tel Aviv was insecure and unable to produce solutions.

Karanka doesn't need to touch too much and he has some lags on the grass that in themselves can be coaches.

Avi Ricken, Sharan Yeni, Eran Zahavi, Enrik Saborit.

Even if you let one of them train for Saturday, Maccabi Tel Aviv should beat MS.


In the zoom talks with Karanka, it was important for Maccabi Tel Aviv to hear how he would adapt to the players.

How can someone who likes to play in a 1:3:2:4 formation take a team that has been playing only 2:3:5 since the beginning of the season and run forward with it.

Cranka promised there would be variety.

That he should not insist on one formation and above all that he should know how to adjust himself to what he finds on the grass.

He also said that he fully understands that the team has a diamond.

That she has an Oscar Gloch and that he should be promoted.

Build on it for this season and sell in the summer.

From all the conversations, including with Mitch Goldhar, one could get the impression that there was someone to talk to and someone to work with.

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It's fine and dandy before jumping into the water with the sharks.

Maccabi Tel Aviv does not play in the Championship and certainly not Real Madrid, where Karanka spent years as a player and assistant coach.

But Maccabi Tel Aviv must win the championship and any loss of two points due to a draw becomes a huge drama here.

At Middlesbrough or Birmingham, Karanka didn't have to win every game.

It was a completely different kind of pressure.

We are indeed only Israel, but the boiling pot in Maccabi Tel Aviv is much hotter than many places where Karanka coached and this will be his biggest confrontation.

The two changes of coaches in the past two years have been good for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Van Leeuwen led Maccabi Tel Aviv to change after Donis, and Mladen Karstaj spent more than Van Leeuwen last season.

Karanka steps into Ivic's big shoes, but no one can tell what he will do with them.

His resume as a very respectable football player, there are warm recommendations from those who worked with him, but it is still very early to assess how this project will end.

To be sure, Mitch Goldhar, who will speak this afternoon from Canada on Zoom at the Karanka press conference, must have wanted to be in a different place and under different circumstances today.

  • sport

  • Israeli soccer

  • Super League


  • Aitor Kranka

  • Vladan Ivic

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv in football

Source: walla

All sports articles on 2023-01-05

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