Vladmir Ivic, the Maccabi Tel Aviv Head Coach summed up his side’s 1:0 loss to Bnei Yehuda as they were eliminated from the State Cup:

“Many things in this game didn’t go our way. They had one shot in the second half, we lost focus and didn’t defend the player at the top of the box properly and we paid a price for that. We had chances after that but the better team doesn’t always win.”

About the defeat:
“This is football and it’s something normal. That is the life of the footballer and coach. We lost and it was a Cup game. We have to continue to work hard and end finish the season properly.”

Having won the league title a few days ago:
“I don’t think that winning the championship had any influence and it’s normal that after a few years having not won the title that we would celebrate only in the stadium. We prepared properly for this match and these things happen. We have to continue to play rest of the league games as best as possible.”

“Right now we are disappointed. When you’re not in a final it’s disappointing and that was one of our goals which we didn’t reach. Our next match is already on Sunday.”

The league going forward:
“We have 8 games until the end of the season. Some of the players who haven’t played a lot will get a chance.”