Lito Vidigal, the Yellow & Blue boss looked back at his side’s 2:1 win against Beitar Jerusalem catapulting them into the Finals where they will take on Bnei Yehuda in the “Little Derby” on May 25th in Jerusalem:

“Congratulation to the players and to the fans, I’m here to work hard and do my job. When we win then the fans win. When we don’t then I take the responsibility.”

Changes in the lineup:

“Every match there are changes, but we got players back who had been injured like Aaron Schoenfeld and Eyal Golasa. We have three games this week and we had to use more players. We have to continue to fight in all competitions. We will fight for the league title until the end.”

Differences between this match and Hapoel Beer Sheva:

“The penalty against Beer Sheva was the difference.”

State Cup competition:

“You have one game to make it to the final and that’s what you have to do, win.”


“I’m here to work and since I’ve arrived we have played many games and only have lost one game on a penalty. We’ve done about 29 training sessions since I’ve been here and the players have improved. The more time I’m here, the more the team will improve.”

Working with the players:

“The players look to me and they know what I want. The dressing room is the place where we resolve our problems and right now there are no problems.”

Status going forward:

“We have a lot of games and we have a Final to play. The league isn’t finished and we have a lot of work to do. I’m not giving up on the league and the people that work with me won’t give up either. We have a chance to fight at the end for the league. The fans deserve our courage and that we fight for the league until the last seconds.”

Giving playing time to the whole squad:

“I try to give chances to everybody and the best may play more, but at Maccabi, the team is most important.”

On Aaron Schoenfeld starting today:

“I respect every player and the players that work hard will deserve to play. They all play for Maccabi and I have to respect everybody.”