Maccabi Tel Aviv will return from the international break on Saturday with a clash in the TASE Premier League away to newly-promoted Hapoel Kfar Sava at the Moshava Stadium in Petah Tikva.

With Maccabi’s regular captain, Sheran Yeini, out injured, midfielder Dor Micha will wear the captain’s armband. He appeared at the pre-match news conference on Thursday and discussed the team’s below-par form before the hiatus.

“We have worked hard in the past few days during the break knowing that we must demand more of ourselves and must play to a higher standard now that we are back in action.

“Players are measured when times are tough. Last season things went swimmingly, but that was last season. This season we are facing a tougher situation but relations with the coach and the staff are excellent.

“As for Hapoel Kfar Sava, it will be another test for us. No matches are going to be easy in this league. They played very well in their last outing and we will have to be at our vigilant best.”