Summary clip of today's events in sport, 28.1 (Sport1)
The thing that most characterizes Hapoel Be'er Sheva's season is its ability to die and rise again every time.
It happened at the beginning of the season with the two consecutive home losses to Ashdod and Maccabi Haifa, followed by a dramatic victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv, continued with two home draws against Ness Ziona and Hapoel Haifa who were released with a nice victory at Teddy, then came the relegation in the cup, the loss to Maccabi Haifa, the postponement of the game In Sakhnin, the loss to Maccabi Netanya in the final of the Toto Cup after a wild and out of control game and the home draw against the same Netanya.
So many points, don't go back - and here, Hapoel Beer Sheva is a victory away from a match without a gap of four points from Maccabi Haifa.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)
In fact, upheavals were the lot of Beer Sheva even on the day of the game itself.
The signing of Patrick Kalimela accelerated the desire to find a new team for Eugene Anse.
The same Ansa brought her back a few hours later to the championship picture.
On the face of it, Beer Sheva had the most difficult game in this round.
Maccabi Haifa was not supposed to stumble against Bnei Raina and Maccabi Tel Aviv planned to dominate the derby again.
Ansa's lightning goal in Haifa put Eliniv Barda's players into a coma and 1:1 was written on the wall.
The difference is that Beer Sheva still knew how to come out victorious from this game, unlike the other two.
If Maccabi Tel Aviv does not know how to win away to Bloomfield, Beer Sheva does not know how to lose points outside of Turner.
Excluding the loss to Maccabi Haifa, the runner-up is perfect this year away from home.
After the game with Hapoel Jerusalem, she goes to a meeting with Aitor Karanka's players in Bloomfield.
On the reasonable, albeit not obvious, assumption that both will win in the upcoming cycle - Maccabi Tel Aviv over Bnei Sakhnin and Be'er Sheva over Hapoel Jerusalem - the matchup between them may turn into a game for an entire season.
how hungry is he
Saba (photo: official website, Sivaspur)
The joining of Dia Saba to Maccabi Haifa is another victory for Gal Alberman, the player who remains the most important in the champion's ranks even years after he took off his uniform.
Before the season and in all its phases, Alberman reacted in time, and this time too, when the threat of signing in Turkey seemed real and when Maccabi Tel Aviv was in the picture, he knew how to land the striker.
Alberman supplies the ingredients, but right now the products available at Maccabi Haifa look stale and lack freshness like lettuce that sits in the supermarket refrigerators for a month.
Atzili doesn't seem happy, Cheri at the after-party of the contract extension, Chaziza still needs to get back in shape and Piero... Well, there is no connection between the striker who helped with his own legs and head to qualify for the Champions League and the heavy shadow we see now.
This is why Saba is such an important reinforcement.
How hungry is he and how will he fit into the method?
Time will tell, after all Mavis Chibuta, who arrived exactly a year ago, is not exactly a success story, but the bottom line is that as then, so is today - when there is the best Israeli on the market, Maccabi Haifa storms.
It's a statement outwardly (from Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva) and inwardly (the fans' protest), and it came just in time, after a week in which five points went to waste.
What will happen from here on?
It already depends more on Saba and the friends, less on Albertman.
Were you surprised by his departure?
Oskar Gluch (photo: Barney Ardov)
Maccabi Tel Aviv did not wait too long to "prove" that the great victory over Maccabi Haifa did not solve the team's ailments.
The derby revealed all the weaknesses again - the lack of a creative player who would put in deep balls and break through defenses, the difficulty in away games (Bloomfield is, after all, different in the game that Hapoel hosts) and especially the lack of speed and wing players.
The slowness in Maccabi Tel Aviv screams to the eye.
With Davidzadeh and Geraldes being the threats on the sides, it's no wonder that the strikers have trouble getting into situations.
Beyond his enormous talent, when Oscar Gloch played for Maccabi Tel Aviv Gabi Kanikowski was on the bench.
Kanikowski's abilities to step in as a momentum-changing or pressure-increasing player are high.
This is not to say that Kanikowski's place is on the bench, he is definitely a player who deserves to be in the lineup and even more so, just that the math is simple - when he starts Maccabi Tel Aviv has no match for him, when he is weak there is no X Factor to back him up.
So it turned out that Maccabi Tel Aviv didn't just lose Glouch, they also lost his replacement.
With all due respect, and there is a lot of respect for Abby Ricken, he is not the man who is expected to put in the smart ball or give the right chip that will decide games.
Under these conditions, the club had to react with all its might, but it seems that no contingency plan was prepared for Gloch's departure.
It seems that Maccabi Tel Aviv was completely surprised by the departure of its treasurer.
She built on it happening in the summer and did not imagine, perhaps, that there would be someone who would press a button worth 7 million euros right now.
Without speed, with clipped wings and now also without a gloch, it is difficult to take her candidacy for the title seriously.
After losing the fight for Dia Saba, two days remain until the end of the window and what the Yellows have to offer at the moment is a possible return of Elon Almog.
Will they manage to surprise?
Maybe, but it's not easy to believe that it's going in good directions there.
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Is there anyone to trust?
Zobas (Photo: Ariel Shalom)
The success rates of the three leaders were very high until the last rounds, but on the last Saturdays nothing fell through.
First, Hapoel Beer Sheva ended in a home draw with Maccabi Netanya, and last Saturday Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel Aviv failed to score against two of the weakest teams in the league.
Is this the beginning of a trend, a "rebellion" of central and bottom teams in the differentiation created by the big three?
It's possible, although there isn't too much time to research it, because the regular season will be over very soon and then the top playoffs will arrive, where no one wants to rebel.
One way or another, the one who needs to seriously examine whether there is a real change of direction here is Hapoel Tel Aviv.
The last derby was not the only one where the Reds felt missed.
The difference between it and quite a few other derbies that ended in a yellow victory in recent years, is that this time they did not suffer to fall apart later.
Haim Silves knows that the derby is not everything it looks like, and that the upcoming match against Bnei Raina will be a completely different event.
On the other hand, the fact that Hapoel Tel Aviv did not lose on Saturday and that there is a goalie who can be trusted, may greatly reduce the pressure from the stands.
Compared to the situation the group was in less than two weeks ago, this is also a huge improvement.
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