Yoav Ziv, Maccabi Tel Aviv’s veteran defender had the opportunity to start on Matchday 35 of the WINNER League’s Championship Playoffs against Beitar Jerusalem away at Teddy Stadium. Although he doesn’t get a lot of playing time he has to make sure he is ready when called upon:

“It’s my job to be here when the club needs me and I’ll do the best as I can for the team.”

Next week’s match:

“The Maccabi fans are always there for us no matter what and have our back every single match. Right now we don’t control our own destiny but we will come into next week’s match prepared and we will do what we have to do in order to win. We have to make sure we play well and get ready for the State Cup Final as well.”

Playing infrequently:

“We all have to stay in shape, each and every one of us from the first to the last on the team. It’s our job to make sure we are ready.”

Looking ahead to the Beer Sheva result next week:

“We will do everything in our power to win the upcoming league match against Maccabi Haifa and only after will we look to see what the result of the other game is. It doesn’t interest me in the least as to what is going on while we are playing.”

About the Beitar match itself:

“We have been learning how the coach wants us to play and we looked better in the second half. We could have scored a couple of more goals.”