After having been dumped out of the National Cup competition by Beitar Jerusalem last night, the Maccabi Tel Aviv squad arrived at the Kiryat Shalom training ground this morning for a post-match practice. Tomorrow the team will have a final training session before Saturday's league match at the Doha Stadium against Bnei Sakhnin (5.15 P.M.). Head coach Oscar Garcia said about being eliminated from the Cup competition: "In the first half we didn't play as well we wanted to and in the second half we improved, but obviously not enough." Midfielder Gal Alberman, who last night wore the captain's band, added to his coach's words: "It's a huge let-down, but we can't turn back the clock, we have a lot of important matches ahead of us until the end of the season."
Defender Carlos Garcia, who seemed particularly disappointed after the 2-0 Cup loss to Beitar, also preferred to look ahead to the rest of the season: "Now's the time to think about the matches ahead of us. A good team sticks together and now's the time for us to put up a fight. We have 25 warriors at this club, and that's what I want to see out there for the rest of the season." Have a look at the interviews.