Maccabi Tel Aviv is beginning the second round of Europa League qualifying this evening at 17:45 against the Kazakhstan Premier League second place finisher Kairat Almaty. One of the players is familiar to Shota Arveladze’s Yellow & Blue side, Cesar Arzo, who played for Beitar Jerusalem a couple of seasons ago.

Arzo joined Kairat two weeks ago and discussed his feelings about the upcoming contest: “It’s a game that will bring back a lot of memories of when I played for Beitar Jerusalem against Maccabi. I recall that we always played well and I’ll have some good feelings going into tonight’s match.”
Most important for tonight:

“I think the most important thing is not giving up an away goal since we are playing at home. Maccabi has a lot of quality players who can score and if we keep a clean sheet we will have an advantage coming into the second leg in Tel Aviv.”

Memories of Maccabi Tel Aviv:

“I remember Maccabi being stronger than now. Not having Eran Zahavi who was a top scorer will have a big impact.”

Advice given to his new teammates:

“I can’t tell you exactly what I told them but what I can say is that Maccabi has many very good players with a potent attack. It will be a tough game.”