Maccabi Tel Aviv are celebrating their second consecutive 3-0 league victory, this time against the 2011/12 season Israeli Premier League champions Ironi Kiryat Shmona, courtesy of splendid goals by midfielder Eran Zahavi and strikers Moanes Dabbur and Tal Ben Haim. After the match, Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach Paulo Sousa had a few words to say about his squad rotation: "It's not about rotation but about my squad of players, all of whom are capable of playing well and understanding what it takes to win. All of the players on the squad are important to me and I'm pleased with the performances of every one of them". He added: "I loved watching the match and I love to win. We dominated the match and created goal-scoring opportunities and I'm happy with the performances in both halves". As for Thursday night's European encounter with Bordeaux he said: "I still haven't decided who will be in the starting eleven, my job is to work with the players and analyse the opposition and to make my decisions on that basis. This is a different match than in the league, right now we'll be focusing on this particular match. We always go out there to win and play positive football".
Defender Omri Ben Haroush had this to say: "I feel great about having the opportunity to play and I'm happy to keep up my good form and I hope to carry on this way. I've been waiting for this chance and I'm glad I grabbed it with both hands". He added: "We're doing great work with the (professional) staff, there's a super group of fans here who give us the most amazing support. The squad is very big and all of them are top players, the coach decides who plays. We don't focus on our opponents but only on ourselves and we simply have to carry on piling up the points. Maccabi Tel Aviv are a home, a warm place where they welcomed me with open arms and I'm very happy to be here".
Midfielder and ex-Kiryat Shmona player Dan Einbinder said: "Maccabi are a team that work very hard and prepare conscientiously for every match, we learn a lot about our opponents and apply that knowledge on the pitch. We have no reason to follow what our rivals are up to, we're playing and looking good and try to do what the coach asks us to do. We try to improve at every practice and at every match, we work very hard and respect our opponents, but we get out on the pitch highly motivated. There are a lot of good players here, players with a lot of character – every player encourages his teammates and gives them a lot of support". As for Bordeaux, he added: "We can win on any pitch, starting tomorrow we'll be having a look at how they play and we'll be doing our best to apply on the pitch what the professional staff tell us in practice".