Summary of the game: Beitar Jerusalem - Maccabi Tel Aviv 2:2 (Sport1)
Eran Zahavi arrived last night (Monday) full of energy for the press conference in Teddy.
If Maccabi Tel Aviv would finish with a victory, Zahavi would surely be the happiest in Israel.
He finished with a pair of strike goals, only the second time it has happened to him that he scores two strike goals in the same game, and he is undoubtedly very sharp since returning from the World Cup break, but Maccabi Tel Aviv dropped two points last night at Teddy's and finished with a disappointing 2:2, so that the Golden Couldn't be more pleased.
"We gave everything and were dominant with ten players. We deserved to win," said Zahavi and immediately touched on the decision to send Derek Lucassen away.
"It's a controversial decision. Even if a penalty is whistled, I don't think a red card should be drawn. They ruined a game here that was loaded with atmosphere and audiences. There was no reason for me to issue a red card during such a move."
Zahavi continued on the subject of judging: "It's easy to whistle against us and it's easy not to whistle in our favor and I'll demonstrate with data. Up until this game, Jovanovic and I have received a total of eight fouls each. Does that sound reasonable? Is this the amount of fouls we should receive? I don't know. In another team, strikers received 30 fouls and even 40. I really don't like to talk about judging, but I was already out of my peace when I see it. It's a shame, but we'll have to beat that too and be stronger than that."
Shua and Zahabi starred, 2:2 between Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv, Haifa celebrates
Zahabi: "There is a feeling that it is easy to whistle against us." Karanka: "Gloch will take an example from Eran"
Clashes between police and Maccabi Tel Aviv fans at the end, ten fans were detained
Zahavi, Ricken and Glazer argue with Leibovitch (Photo: Danny Maron)
Zahavi was also asked to comment on the criticism that was directed at him and was asked how he felt about it.
"I live with the criticisms of me in a 16-year career. It's not pleasant to read criticisms, but I really try to improve every day and in every training session to give my all so that when I finish, I won't regret that I didn't give my all. In the end it's a marathon and I know that if I'm good, The goals will come. Sometimes I score and sometimes others."
About Oskar Gluch who scored his first goal in a fantastic way, Zahavi said: "Every day he has to work harder with and without the ball. We know more than you in the media what Oskar is able to give us and we want to get more from him. He is capable of much more."
Maccabi Tel Aviv in football