Charon Sari gathered the Maccabi Haifa players before the match against Maccabi Netanya (2-3) yesterday (Sunday) and conveyed leadership. The lack of confidence after three games without a win stood out and the Dutchman decided to take responsibility. Everything happened before that in Kfar Galim. A personal conversation between coach Masai and Sherry, in which the coach conveyed a message that he was giving the keys to leading the team to one of its most prominent leaders in recent years.
Sari and were in dialogue throughout the game and Maccabi Haifa admitted: "Sari is our undisputed leader, when he is in a game like this, everyone around him is better." One of the players who got infected quickly is striker Frantzdi Piero, who scored a pair and players in the team said they thought it was "Piero's best game in the league since arriving last season". The Haitian striker scored a pair, sent another ball into the crossbar and excelled.
Alongside these things, Dego has a lot more work to do. Midfielder Dia Seba was not partnered with Maccabi Netanya and was very disappointed at the end. Despite this, Dego stated that "this is a player who will still contribute to us this season and I like him very much." In contrast to Seba, Lior Rafalov came on for only a few minutes, but showed great commitment and the club praised him for it. Striker Eric Shuranov received the jersey for the first time, squeezed a penalty and started the move that led to the winning goal. Haifa said that "Shuranov got a lot of credit in the game against Netanya" and in the upcoming games he will get more minutes.
Dego. A little air after two difficult weeks, photo: Bernie Ardov
As for Dego, the club was happy for him at the end, as were some of the players and the coach's family, when his little boy jumped on him excitedly at the end. But behind the scenes, Dego was in a meeting over the weekend with club president Yaakov Shachar and the two discussed the state of the team. It was decided to hold more such conversations, with the club clarifying that the backing Dego received was clear and unequivocal, with this message also being passed on to the players and leading to talks between Dego and Sherry and other players in the squad.
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Along with calming the pressure, Maccabi Haifa already awaits a Europa League group stage match against Panathinaikos on Thursday. Despite last night's victory, Masai is expected to make a relatively wide rotation in the lineup, as on Sunday there is another league game in Sammy Ofer against Hapoel Be'Sheva.
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