The Yellow & Blue captain Sheran Yeini looked ahead to Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Matchday 9 clash against Bnei Sakhnin on Saturday night, 20:30 at the Netanya Stadium. Right before he began discussing the match he spoke about the club’s involvement in the MOVEMBER program:

“Movember helps men make sure that they take care of themselves through the month of November. It’s to raise awareness for men’s health issues as well as exercising throughout the month. I’m happy to be a part of it and even shaved my beard so I could sport a mustache.”

About the upcoming match:
“I am expecting a tough game against a good team with quality players on defense, in the midfield and on the attack. We will have to win as many battles as possible and play our game.”

Success in playing as a central defender:
“Barak Itzhaki thought I should be a central defender from the start of my career or number 8. But right now things are going well and it’s great that you the media also think so as well.”

Supporting the team when not playing:
“It’s very important to support the team from the side and it’s ok if you’re not playing, but it’s important to be part of the team. The coach will see how you are doing in training and also when you’re on the bench.”

The younger players:
“You have to see how football is at the end of the season and I’m happy with what the younger players are giving us. We have a great dressing room on all levels. I don’t want to get into all of the details but we can rely on them, they want to learn, they give everything they can and they support their teammates.”

Preparing well for every match:
“We are playing football and it’s not always the best team who wins, so we have to calm down because there have been games where our opponent was able to control the pace of play. We don’t feel that we are above the league and we have to focus on every match. We have prepared well for every match because each team we have played was dangerous and were a quality side.”

Players on loan:
“Maccabi sends players out on loan in order to get them more minutes than they would with Maccabi itself. It’s always different when you’re playing with a first team even in the second division. The physical aspects and professional play is totally different than playing on a youth team.”

Maccabi players on the National team:
“It’s always great to see so many Maccabi players with the National Team. I’m proud of what Maccabi can contribute.”