Summary of Hapoel Haifa's 1:1 match against Maccabi Tel Aviv (Sport1)
Estimates are growing that it will be difficult to keep Aitor Karanka for another season at Maccabi Tel Aviv, despite the contract he signed until the end of next season.
Only an extreme recovery in the top playoffs along with winning the state cup, can change the face of the picture from the point of view of the Spaniard who fails to deliver the desired results, although he is not the sole culprit in the dismal balance of Maccabi Tel Aviv under him.
In Karanka's ten seasons as Maccabi Tel Aviv coach, she scored only 16 points.
Four wins, four draws and two losses.
In the same period of time, just to illustrate, MS.
Ran Ben Shimon's Ashdod gained two more points.
This is a terrible statistic as far as Maccabi Tel Aviv is concerned, and it is signed by the Spaniard, who can use Nir Biton's expulsion yesterday (Saturday) as an excuse, but his problem is the results so far and not necessarily the game yesterday against Hapoel Haifa.
Coming out of an away game in a draw when you are outnumbered for a large part of the second half, is something that can happen to a better team than Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Even if yesterday's opponent is one of the weakest in the league, it is something reasonable.
The problem for Karanka is that yesterday's draw joins the loss to Hapoel Jerusalem in the previous cycle and the results of the draw in Bloomfield against Bnei Sakhnin and Hapoel Tel Aviv and of course the loss to Maccabi Netanya in which Maccabi Tel Aviv looked terrible.
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Only an extreme scenario will keep him next season.
Crank yesterday (photo: Danny Maron)
Karanka talks all the time about the energy he expects from his players in games, with the big problem being that the energy around the team is very bad.
Players testified last night that they are already in another place.
that today it is already a problem of self-confidence.
that the cluster of bad results, along with the pressure of the media and the demands of the audience, led to a huge decrease in mental strength.
Karanka, with a rich resume as a player and assistant coach, still does not know how to get the players out of the mud.
The problem yesterday was not after Beaton's dismissal, but before it.
After a goal was finally scored from a direct corner, a commodity that Maccabi Tel Aviv had been looking for for a long time, the players did not know how to score the second and decide the game.
This is no longer a comparison to Maccabi Haifa who did everything in their power against Hapoel Haifa a few days before, it is simply the ability to press the gas after the lead goal and know how to eliminate the game even if you are down to ten players.
Maccabi Tel Aviv also claims this morning that if they had to choose a coach again, they would choose Cranka from the options they had.
It may be that there were no better coaches when Shuladan Ivic announced that he was leaving and it may be that the team's first problem is the players.
Bottom line, Maccabi Tel Aviv will have to find another way for next season and in the current state of affairs, it will be impossible to open another season with a coach who has failed in his job.
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Before they learn to decide a game.
Maccabi Tel Aviv players (Photo: Kobi Eliyahu)
At the press conference after the game, Karanka said: "When I signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv, I knew I was coming to the biggest club in Israel with all the expectations. My job is to work hard every day to meet those expectations."
When asked if he would continue at Maccabi Tel Aviv next season, Karanka answered: "Since the age of 13, my mentality has not changed. I will always look at the next game and the next training session to improve and progress. I don't look beyond that. That's how I was raised."
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