Shahar Piven, Maccabi Tel Aviv’s central defender spoke ahead of Saturday night’s Matchday 23 contest against Kiryat Shemona:

“The last two matches were draws, although they weren’t such bad results. The State Cup match was most important and we did well. As you know it’s not easy to play against the same team twice in a row and the fact that there were no fans also didn’t help. We didn’t give up a goal and for me that’s most important. We collected a point and we’re looking ahead.”

Preparing for each match one at a time:
“We have to play against any type of team and we prepare for each match separately. We are moving ahead and we’re focusing on Saturday night’s match against Kiryat Shemona.”

Wanting to win every match:
“We aren’t looking at the streak but we are trying to use the squad to win every match whether it’s a cup, friendly or league. We will keep up our style and pace and continue on.”

Taking everything into proportion:
“We have looked good for the start of the season. Although we didn’t win a couple of matches everyone is asking why we didn’t take maximum points but that’s ok. We are taking everything in proportion and we won the first leg of the State Cup by a good result ahead of the second leg.”