The stutterer - Maccabi Tel Aviv
The victory of Maccabi Tel Aviv against Maccabi Haifa gave rise to a feeling that Aitor Karanka had found the formula to get the most out of his high-quality but unbalanced squad.
The connection between Gloch, Parfa, Zahavi and Yovanovic was great, the defense looked stable and the strengths in the center gave plenty of reasons for optimism even when it was already known that Gloch was on his way to the next goal.
In retrospect it turned out that the game against Haifa was the exception that really does not represent the rule.
When Cranka landed in Tel Aviv, it was clear that he would at some point give up the formation of three brakes and move to line 4, even if he does not have wing players in good shape at his disposal.
Against Haifa it looks great in a 4:2:2:2 formation, but this formation turns out to be problematic against inferior opponents who come up with dense defenses.
In the last games, in which the yellows met an array of five defenses and three midfielders in the middle, they did not kick the frame in the derby and in the following game they did not defeat an inferior team that played 2/3 of the game with one less player.
Zahavi at the end of the game against Sakhnin.
Having trouble in front of a bunker, photo: Alan Shiver
It is evident that Kranka does not know enough or does not trust his squad.
He made only three substitutions in a game in which Maccabi looked powerless and energyless at times, replacing a player who himself came in as a substitute and an injured suspect (Reken instead of Cohen).
The new coach of the yellows has a problem with the wing play against defensive teams that crowd the center.
The defenders are not outstanding offensively, and the fact that his two best quality players are the strikers means that he cannot play 4:3:3 without giving up one of them.
Vladan Ivic solved the problem when he played with three brakes and thus spread the game, which was enough against the small teams.
Karanka, assuming he persists with line 4, will have to try to create smart attack patterns that will sideline his best one-on-one players - Goyagon and Knikowski - and try to get the new acquisition, Rarsh Ilia, into things as quickly as possible, otherwise the train to the championship will miss him .
Ivitch with Gloch.
The previous coach knew how to win the game, photo: Alan Shiver
The negative streak relative to expectations (six points out of a possible 12) makes the upcoming game in Netanya critical in the further struggle against Haifa and B.S. And Ljubanovich enough space to express their qualities.
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Unlike Karanka, the one who does get the most out of his squad is Eliniv Barda.
The BS coach manages the team's offensive game perfectly, even though since the beginning of the season he hardly gets any output from the striker position. He keeps the staff on their toes, which allows him to get output from a different player every week.
Once it was Ansa, who already seemed to be on his way out, for a moment it was Yehezkel - a player that Breda reinvented and turned him into an effective offensive tool from the defensive position, Micah also returned to himself and provided six assists - second in the league in key passes, and also knows how to come off the bench well, and especially Hatuel - who must his career to Barda and provides wonderful numbers both in the lineup and as a substitute (involved in 14 goals in 993 minutes).
Making the most of it, photo: Danny Maron
The one who got debut minutes is Patrick Kalimela, a fast and physical striker who can solve the problem of the striker position for Bash and make it even more lethal and diverse. If Kalimela provides numbers, he could be the man Breda needs to take advantage of the fatigue in Haifa and the lack of order in Maccabi Tel Aviv to Overtake them in a round and finish the season with a sensational championship.
Eliniv Barda and Maor Malikson.
In Be'er Sheva you can be optimistic, photo: Barney Ardov
Admittedly, I didn't believe that Bash would be in this place at this point, but Breda has done great things and shows that Bash has a wonderful coach for years to come.
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