Before the game of Maccabi Tel Aviv against Hapoel Haifa (Kobe Eliyahu)
Huge disappointment today (Saturday) in Maccabi Tel Aviv after the 1:1 against Hapoel Haifa in the 26th and last round of the regular season in the Premier League.
It was Aitor Karanka's tenth game on the lines and his record is rather dismal: only four wins and 16 points from a possible 30.
If Maccabi Haifa beats Hapoel Tel Aviv on Monday, Maccabi Tel Aviv will already be 10 points away from the top.
Nir Biton scored for the Yellows in the 33rd minute, but was sent off in the 57th minute and Eliel Peretz equalized in the 63rd minute.
Until the end, Hapoel Haifa had quite a few chances to win, but a lack of concentration in the last action prevented them from turning it around.
"You can't take a championship every year."
Zahavi (Photo: Kobi Eliyahu)
was asked about the substitution of Eran Zahavi already in the 71st minute: "I thought we needed fresher players up front, ones who could hold the ball. Eran couldn't hold the ball and that's the reason for the substitution. When you have 10 players you need fast players in the front and Eran is not the best fast".
The coach added: "Last week, in the loss to Hapoel Jerusalem, we played very badly for 70 minutes. Today we easily controlled the first half and had opportunities. Today, even with 10 players, we played well and tried to win. We will have to correct the mistakes and continue to work hard. The only thing that needs to be done Now it's being united. It's the only way I've known throughout my career."
He himself said about his substitution: "I wasn't disappointed and I wasn't angry. The good of the team was in front of the coach's eyes. We wanted to play in bursts and refresh the ranks. You have to bring in new blood sometimes and I think it was a good decision. It didn't go our way, but there are no complaints. We were With 10 players and the coach decided to take me out and leave Jovanovic. In other cases it was the other way around. I had a bad game today."
Zahavi continued: "There is no doubt that the results are not in our favor, so you can call it a crisis. Things are going against us. We controlled the game in the first half and led. But from the red card, everything went very hard for us. Obviously, the situation is not ideal in the table. You cannot take a championship every year. You have to cope with the situations These. To improve and do the best possible. We didn't give up on the fight for the championship."
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Maccabi Tel Aviv (Photo: Kobi Eliyahu)
Hapoel Haifa's coach,
concluded: "We came after the defeat in the derby and the players had their heads down. We tried to work on the mental aspect, but it affected the first half. We entered the game less well and seemed a bit slow. In the second half, I wanted fresh players. Unfortunately, not We took advantage of the momentum of the tie and the elimination of Maccabi. We had many chances to score a goal and it's a shame we didn't do it. When I got here we were in danger of dropping below the red line, so in football until it's unofficial you have to be careful. We're all athletes, it's our profession and we're committed."
Eliel Peretz, who scored Hapoel Haifa's goal, added: "After last week when we lost in the derby, it was important for us to play a good game. We tried to stop Maccabi Tel Aviv. In the second half it started less well, in the second half we were better and we leave with a sense of failure. We could have decided the game and also won. Our commitment will not decrease because we are professionals. We do not have many victories this season. We want to win as much as possible and I can guarantee that the commitment will not decrease."
On Maccabi Tel Aviv, his youth team: "What happened at Maccabi was. I played there before and it's not relevant. I think I can play for any team in Israel."
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