Maccabi Tel Aviv closed the first round of matches with a 3:1 win over Bnei Yehuda at the Moshava Stadium. Yellow & Blue Head Coach Vladimir Ivic summed up the contest:

“We prepared for this match and we played against an excellent team but we deserved the victory. We played well at the start of the game and in the second half. We played simple football and you can also get something out of that. We also had some minutes where we could have played better and that’s something we have to improve.”

About the situation in the league:
“We finished the first round and we are going in the right direction but not more than this. We have another 23 games and there are may points left. Nothing is over. We have to work hard and we have to begin preparing for the next match that is waiting for us.”

Playing with three central defenders:
“Today we changed our formation. We didn’t have a lot of time to work on this but I’m pleased with the players good work.”