After the victory over Hapoel Acre in the State Cup, Betar Jerusalem will be hosted tomorrow (Wednesday starting at 7:45 p.m., live on Sports1) At Maccabi Petach Tikva for a rematch from the 18th round and Tikva to take three points that will leave it in the picture of the struggles for a place in the top playoff. Today’s press conference was attended by coach Slobodan Drapic and new acquisition Marco Jankovic.
Drapich Asked first about the game load and told about the difficulty: “I have never experienced anything like this, that even after such a period of Corona in the team we have to play every three days or so. The players cope unusually. We also have players who are injured due to fatigue. We try to do “We played good football against Acre, and less against Sakhnin and Maccabi Haifa, but we are at a stage where there are new players, and there are players who are getting into shape, so I am sure that Betar Jerusalem will be a good team.”
On the tombstone of the wounded: “Nico Olsk is injured, Tamir Adi is injured, Ali Muhammad is not 100 percent but he will have to play because we do not have players in this position. The new players who came did not play football for half a year so we are also waiting for them, in the last game you saw a bit of their abilities. Quality, but we need some time to let them acclimatize, it’s not an easy thing.
“We want to bring someone from training and let him play already and suddenly want to see him perform that you never see. We know it will take time, but on the other hand there is pressure to bring in points. We need the missing games, to win and stick. There is no doubt that we are a good team going through a process. “We want it to happen as soon as possible. We have Beer Sheva on Sunday and Sakhnin on Thursday. A crazy period. An unusual period. We need to adapt and get used to this period.”
About Maccabi Petah Tikva“It’s a very difficult team with a good coach. We lost to them in the first round and this time too it will be a very difficult game. If we are not given a good and heroic game, we will not get anything good out of it. We have to be very focused and united and I hope we smile after the game.”
About Marko Jankovic: “We really wanted him. I picked up some phones. I was told that such a player would not come to Israel and that he fell between the chairs. I am glad he came. I heard many things about him, his career had to take off to other places, something went wrong there and luckily he came to us. “Fitness, great character, even players really like him, I hope he gets into shape quickly and sees what he is worth.”
Jankovic He himself said: “Thank you for the compliments. In a very short time I feel like I have been here for a year or two, everyone here, the coaches, all the people around and the players, received me in the most beautiful and warm way. I really thank God for that, and now it’s time to work “It’s very difficult. We have a lot of games and we have to be focused and go step by step. Every game is important.”
On returning to the pitches: “It was my first game after half a year, so I was happy when I heard I was starting in the squad. I worked hard all this time, even if I was in a special situation, but of course I will need some time. Every game helps me improve my abilities and fitness, so now it’s a game “It’s very important, with a much better opponent, so it will be much harder. We will have to give the maximum.”
What have you heard about Betar?: “I heard a lot of good things, especially from Patos in Chirai, who is one of my friends for the national team. He played here in Israel, so we talked about the league, the country, the teams and Betar. He told me that this is one of the biggest clubs in Israel, with a lot of fans and that they are the best here in the country. He told me it would be interesting for me to come and get back in good shape, and maybe from here make a jump and a good transition. “
Estimated composition: Itamar Nitzan, Shai Konstantin, Uriel Degani, Ofir Krief, Oren Bitton, Aviel Zargari, Ali Muhammad, Idan Vered, Marko Yankovich, Eliran Atar, Khalafilo Plater Hasselbaink.