Satisfaction in the ranks of Maccabi Tel Aviv after last night's 5-0 mauling of Hapoel Acre at Bloomfield Stadium. Pride in particular after Eran Zhavi's first goal marked Maccabi Tel Aviv's 3000th all-time goal in the Israeli Premier League
At the end of the match, Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach had this to say: "This was a good result and we can be very pleased with a number of aspects of the game, in particular the players' mentality of staying focused throughout the match, even throughout the changes of pace that occurred during the match. This helped us maintain possession and get the result we wanted. I'm very pleased and proud of my players". As for Maccabi Tel Aviv "Shachar"'s 4-1 victory over their Hapoel Tel Aviv Under-19 counterparts he added: "The Youth Division deserve a great deal of credit, more important than the result itself is the fact that with the low number of foreign players here in Israel they are preparing players for the senior squad. It's vital to identify young players with the mental, technical and tactical capacity to take their place in the senior squad".
Defender Yoav Ziv, who was in the line-up for last night's match, said: "It was a brilliant match, today we got an excellent result with an excellent display. I worked with (team defenders) Carlos Garcia and Eytan Tibi in training on the role I was to play in the match. It's for the good of the team, I mean when you play just one match a week it's harder to work yourself into the side but that's the price you pay for playing for a big club like Maccabi Tel Aviv. You have to give it your all at every match and every practice in order play and prove yourself every moment you're out on the pitch. The squad is very deep and very good and we all like one another and we're all out there working hard to get a chance to play". As for the match itself he added: "It's just like the coach said, the most important thing is that we didn't take our foot off the gas for a moment, we were fully committed even when we were leading throughout the match. We also did everything to keep a clean sheet because shipping goals is just not something we like doing".
Striker Rade Prica, who went from provider for the third goal to scorer for the fourth, said: "When I'm out on the pitch I can feel the support of the fans, of the club, of the professional staff and all that's very important to me. I love to make the team and the fans happy, and that's why I'm feeling so good right now. I missed a few good chances to score and that's why it was such a relief when I finally did".
Midfielder Eran Zahavi, who scored a brace, the first being the Maccabi's 3,000th Israeli Premier League goal, thanked the fans at the end of the game and said: "I want to say thank you to each and every one of them and we look forward to their continued support. They come to every match and their support is simply incredible and all I can say is thank you. I'm very happy that our second half performance was even more intense than in the first half".