They say the clichés are always true. "Derby has its own rules" is the most correct cliché of all, even if you're a Maccabi Tel Aviv fan and haven't lost a derby in the league in more than nine years.
It also doesn't matter what positive momentum we have – we fans will come to every derby with the fear that today is the day when the dynasty and tradition end, break, and there is a practical chance that we will lose.
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If in previous years we had come to the derby with less fear, and the only question was "how many goals will we give them" - the year has started and the team is showing terrible instability.
Once you give a resounding sextet to Hapoel B'Sheva, and once you don't have anything going against Benny Reina. Gives the Icelanders an easy trio in the 30th minute, and for some reason takes their foot off the gas. Maccabi usually comes to play for only one half.
With that feeling we have to walk around for days leading up to the derby. A foreigner (coaching staff) won't understand it, Europe doesn't interest us. Sorry. Neither Ghent nor Shant. We were born for these moments, and losing the derby will put our heads deep into the ground, even if it happens once every nine years. It just shouldn't happen.
Maccabi players after the last derby loss in 2014, photo: Ami Shumen
Years before every derby we have this feeling, and it's something that will never go away. Obviously, this sequence won't last forever, but if possible, please don't end today.
How would it be possible to walk down the street and see them suddenly stick out their nose? How do we scroll through Facebook? Not to mention the tags in WhatsApp groups. They're normal, we don't tag them anymore, how many can you tag more than 3,400 days?
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So come on, Maccabi, go up to the grass frantically, leave us with a swollen yellow chest. As the song goes, the folk melody: "So let us rejoice, that we can no longer stand, we only want the derby, we will not stop dancing."
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