Maccabi “Shachar” Tel Aviv will face Hapoel Tel Aviv in a Round of 16 matchup in the Under-19 State Cup on Tuesday at 15:00. The Yellow & Blue will visit Wolfson for this knockout Derby contest as the team held their final training session this evening under the direction of head coach Guy Tzarfati.

Tzarfati: “This match has a number of interesting factors associated with it. The first thing is that it’s an away match, the second it’s a Derby and the third it’s a knockout State Cup clash which are always difficult as we will have just one chance to advance to the next stage.”

“Derby matches are always tough battles and our opponent is a quality one with national team players. We have a difficult match in front of us.”

“We don’t have to take about being motivated for a match like this and the players who have grown up through the Maccabi ranks know exactly what type of energy is needed when you get to play a Derby. We have to be cool, calm and collected while bringing our best effort to the pitch. I believe we will be able to do that and advance to the next stage.”

The Under-19 squad entered the State Cup competition last round against Maccabi Petah Tikva who took a 1:0 lead in the 61’ thanks to a penalty. Playing with only ten men, Maccabi was able to draw even five minutes later as Ido Shahar scored for the Yellow & Blue and eventually won via penalty shootout 4:1.