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Gabi Kanikovski: "Championship for Maccabi Tel Aviv? We proved to ourselves that we are capable" | Israel today


The yellow midfielder after the 0:4 over Maccabi Petah Tikva in the first game of the quarter-finals of the State Cup: "We are all as one unit" • On the past crisis: "I had a mental decline, I am not looking to take the place of Oskar Gloch" • Rarsh Ilya may be In the squad for Bnei Sakhnin, Parfa Goyagon is in doubt

Maccabi Tel Aviv did not have a hard time yesterday (Wednesday) against Maccabi Petah Tikva, and in fact qualified for the semi-finals of the cup, but the Yellows know that on Saturday against Bnei Sakhnin, the story will be completely different. 

The Yellows were satisfied with the performance of Gabi Kanikowski, who showed excellent ability with a goal and an assist, and also with the ability of Avi Ricken and Dan Beaton, who came in as a substitute.

Kanikovski talked about a recent professional crisis and said: "I had a decline, even mentally, and I'm working with myself on it. I had a hard time with the rotations, it's something new to me, but there are a lot of players in Maccabi and I have to prove myself every practice and every game." . 

The midfielder was asked if he expected to take Oscar Gloch's place and said: "I have no goal to take Oscar's place, my goal is to be Gabi. I wish Oscar all the best in the world, but Oscar is Oscar and I am me, and no one takes Someone else's place." 

Ahead of the game against Sakhnin and the fight for the championship, Kanikovsky said: "It's not an easy game, Sakhnin is a tough team, but I believe we will do the job. The fight for the championship? We have proven to ourselves that we are capable, there are still many games until the playoffs, we are all as one unit in favor of Maccabi Tel Aviv and there is There are many players here who will now want to impress and prove themselves." 

Kanikovski celebrates against Maccabi Petah Tikva.

"There are many players at Maccabi and I have to prove myself", Photo: Alan Shiver

The team's new head coach, Raresh Ilya, will hold his debut practice today at noon, and it is possible that he will already be in the squad for the game against Sakhnin.

"He is a very talented, young player, who can improve us," said Karanka, referring to Ilya, "When you bring in a player on loan, you have to know that you made the right choice because he may be more hungry than others. We had a few more names of candidates, but we thought he would bring the hunger and will help us." 

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Source: israelhayom

All sports articles on 2023-02-02

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