Vladimir Ivic, the Maccabi Tel Aviv Head Coach addressed the assembled media ahead of the club’s Matchday 15 Israel Premier League clash against Hapoel Beer Sheva on Tuesday at 21:00:

“We are expecting a tough match, just like the last two. We are playing against the team which has won the last 3 league championships and have quality players so I’m sure it will be a difficult match.”

Squad injury status:
“I am hoping that both Eli Dasa and Maor Kandil will be healthy tomorrow. In terms of the rotation I don’t believe that there will be many changes in the starting lineup.”

Importance of the match:
“This is a match that we can take 3 points, one point or no points. The league is very long and each match is worth 3 points and we are looking at this as any other match. I agree that this is like a Derby against a strong opponent but the goal is to take 3 points like every other match. We have many matches ahead of us and I’ve spoken about this many times. We know what we are doing well and what needs to be improved and we will continue working on what needs to be improved.”

About Jair and the other defenders:
“If we have players who are playing well then they will continue to keep their place. Amador is training well but the club is happy that the players who are playing and the results are good then this is the situation.”