Maccabi Tel Aviv advanced to the top yesterday (Saturday) for the first time this season after 0: 1 over Hapoel Kfar Saba and temporarily opened a gap of one point from Maccabi Haifa. However, the champion may manage without its big star – Yonatan Cohen in the coming weeks The four heads.
As you may recall, the Yellows’ top scorer this season (and last season) stretched his muscle 1: 3 over Maccabi Netanya about three weeks ago. Yesterday, he was registered for the first time in the squad, but was injured in the warm-up and left the squad. Despite the concern, it is probably a further stretch, but in any case the contact will undergo an MRI examination today and is expected to be absent for a few more weeks. This is a blow to the player and the team, where they wanted to train him for the knockout stage against Shakhtar Donetsk this coming Thursday.
Back to the game. The club are pleased with Patrick Van’s crazy statistics on Greece on the lines. In ten league games he has over 93 percent success and 28 points out of 30 points. Football is not always good, Maccabi Tel Aviv is very efficient and trained. At this stage, the Dutchman is constantly increasing the chances of continuing next season as well.
In addition, the team praised Alexander Peshich and Dor Peretz: “They have held the team in recent games.” Tal Ben-Haim also received compliments: “He returned to his great fitness. This is a very significant addition of strength to the team.” Also, players on the team said after the 0-1: “It’s nice to be back in first place, but we are only halfway there and everyone is now focused only on Shakhtar.”
Ahead of the game against the Ukrainians in the Europa League, also Eyal Golsa, who is unable to return to full training in doubt and at this stage he has not yet recovered from an ankle injury. Injured Eden Kartzev is due to return to full training in another ten days. From the other side, Dan Glazer will return to the squad and open the link together with Dor Peretz and in the attack it looks like Tal Ben Haim, Alexander Peshich and Matan Hozaz will open.
The one who looks very disappointed and even a little overwhelmed is Ayalon Almog who is not on the roster for the second game in a row for professional reasons. The striker has gained interest in the last two weeks ahead of the window closing, but Maccabi Tel Aviv did not want to hear about them. In any case, the player strongly believes in his ability to return to the rotation.