Watch the recap: Maccabi Haifa twice came back from behind en route to a 2-3 win over Maccabi Netanya, paired with Piero/Sport1
1. A lot of pressure was released at Maccabi Haifa last night (Sunday) at the final whistle in Netanya. The Greens came in very nervous for the game against the Nathanites, and the double arrears only added to that. In the end, Masai's players managed to register 2-3. Before the game, the coach spoke to his players and asked them to emphasize the aggressiveness and pressure in the game. "We have to regain respect," he said, "we have to be more aggressive and control the intensity of the game. That's what the audience expects from us and that's what we need to do."
Dego has endured difficult days to say the least, on social networks Haifa fans have already raised the question of whether the champion coaching job is bigger than him, and the headlines in the media indicating backing for the coach even increased the sentiments. However, senior management sent Dego a message that they believe in him wholeheartedly and are convinced that the season will be successful. Last night, at the end of the game, the coach received great compliments. "He came very prepared for the game and prepared the team in the best possible way," the club said. "We believe in him very much, but it is clear that only victories will bring complete peace."
Dego himself also addressed the pressure, saying: "Every day at Maccabi Haifa is a stressful day, but I love it and always prefer to be in places where there is pressure than places where you come and everything is calm."
Withstood the pressure. Dego/Bernie Ardov
2. With all due respect to Dego, most of the attention yesterday was once again taken by the star of the Greens in recent years - Charon Sherry. In recent weeks, much of the criticism has been that veteran midfielder Dia Seba and Lior Rafalov are coming up together in the lineup and seem to be interfering with each other. Yesterday Dego decided to open with the first and bench the other two, Sherry got the whole stage and gave back in a big way. With a goal, an assist, and especially a lot of leadership on the pitch, he once again proved who the Greens' man is in Money Time and who the team needs to rely on. "Sherry is our leader and that's clear," said one of the team's players. "It's no secret that in the last two weeks he didn't go as well, but always when he is needed he is there and again he came determined to take the game on him."
Dego also hinted at Sherry's importance at the end of the game and perhaps even sent a message to others: "When I arrived, I told Sherry that I like to have one leader, a captain, and he is our captain and leader." Another person who has received great compliments is Frenzy Pierrot. If last season he failed to establish himself as the most senior striker despite a tremendous qualifying tournament in the Champions League, this season Piero received a message from the professional staff that he would get all the necessary backing and be the starting striker in games. So far, the Haitian striker has been repaying that confidence in a big way and looking much sharper than last season, and his duo won the game last night. "It might have been his best game on the team," quipped one of his teammates. "There is no doubt that he is determined and sharp from the beginning of the season to register a much more successful season, not only in Europe but also in the league."
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The Man of the Champion. Cherry/Bernie Ardov
3. In Maccabi Haifa as in Maccabi Haifa, it is impossible without ending the game with some disappointed. The Greens' deep squad brings Dego to leave several players in the stands every week, this time it was again the turn of Suf Podgrano and Ilai Hajaj, for the second time in a row, when they were joined for the first time by Rami Gershon.
But the big disappointed was Dia Seba. If in the previous game it was Dean Dodd who saw himself left on the bench, this time it was the big star who didn't even get up to warm up. Seba seemed very angry at the end of the game and did not even interact with the players who did not play the traditional light training session at the end of the game. He was even one of the first to leave the dressing room when it was evident that he was disappointed and nervous. Haifa made it clear that the player will still get many minutes.
Disappointed and angry. Seba/Bernie Ardov
The person sitting next to Seba on the bench was Itamar Nitzan, who saw again how Sharif Kiuf conceded a goal through his own fault. The Greens continue to believe in the fun and he should continue to get extensive credit ahead of Nitzan in the lineup.
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